An online fundraising auction in memory of a Nottingham Forest player who died of liver failure has been boosted by a donation from Roy Keane, it emerged today.
The Irish football legend, who retired at the end of last season, has given a pair of his boots for the auction in aid of the British Liver Trust in honour of Jason Kaminsky who died last year from liver failure aged just 31 years old.
Leicester-born Kaminsky, who played for Nottingham Forest in the early 1990s under managerial legend Brian Clough, lost a battle with alcohol addiction which affected him after being released from the club and left behind an 11-year-old daughter.
The online auction will launch on e-Bay on August 21 in aid of the British Liver Trust.
Celtic and Manchester United legend, Roy Keane, who also played for Nottingham Forest during the Clough era, is one of a number of stars who have donated items.
Keane’s former teammate Dion Dublin has donated his Celtic shirt.
Bids can also be placed on Nigel Clough’s signed number 8 England shirt, worn at many international matches.
Nottingham Forest supporters are also expected to snap up a shirt signed by members of the 2005/06 first team, including John Thompson and Wes Morgan.
Other items include Newcastle striker Michael Owen’s signed England shirt, a signed photograph of former Nottingham Forest defender and Manchester City manager Stuart Pearce.
Brian Laws, manager of Scunthorpe United and a former Nottingham Forest player, has also donated a signed caricature of himself for auction.
The organisers believe the online auction could raise several thousand pounds for the British Liver Trust, the only UK liver disease charity for adults.
Earlier this year, Leicester City stars took part in a charity celebrity match in memory of Jason which raised £1,500 (€2.220) for the trust.
The game saw Leicester Markets, the team Jason played for after leaving Nottingham Forest, take on a squad of Leicester City legends which included former Liverpool midfielder Kevin McDonald and a member of the Northern Ireland 1986 World Cup squad, Paul Ramsey.
The auction will end August 31 at 5pm.
To bid for any of the items visit www.ebay.co.uk/charity and search for British Liver Trust.
For more information about the work of the British Liver Trust visit the charity’s website at www.britishlivertrust.org.uk.