Dundalk FC's Chris Shields hoists the FAI Cup at the Aviva Stadium in November. (Pic: Ciarán Culligan)
Dundalk FC midfielder Chris Shields has donated his jersey from the famous 1-1 draw with AZ Alkmaar, in the 2016/17 UEFA Europa League group stages, to an auction on behalf of the Zoe Murphy Appeal.
As of last night, the highest bid stood at €500.
*UPDATE*— Rykeen (@rkeenanryan) December 18, 2018
Highest bid is currently €500 ⚫️⚪️ https://t.co/oyOk9cQ3pP
Fundraising efforts have been tremendous thus far as the Murphy family aim to raise the sum needed to allow the two-year-old, who has Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy, to undergo life-changing surgery in the US.
Former Dundalk defender Alan Keane auctioned his jersey and league winners' medal from 2016 earlier this year to raise funds, while several events, including a table quiz, have been organised with the same aim.
The family have also put together special posters featuring a selection of kits from Dundalk FC over the last 100 years, selling individually at €10.
For any Lilywhites aficionado, Shields' jersey is a collector's item of quite some significance given that Dundalk became the first Irish team to accumulate a European group stage point that night in the Netherlands.