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Heroes Ireland, Makoun and Herd meet fans at shop signing session

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Heroes Ireland, Makoun and Herd meet fans at shop signing session

Stephen Ireland, Jean II Makoun and Chris Herd were the star names as fans turned out in their hundreds to meet their heroes in store during the summer holidays.

The Villa Village shop was busy as supporters queued to meet their heroes.

The terrific trio wowed fans with an hour-long signing session, putting their names to items as diverse as gnomes, hats, shirts and books.

Loads of supporters queued to have their goods personally signed by the lads - and have their photos taken with them too.

Popular star Ireland said: "I really enjoy these sort of events - meeting the fans and interacting with them. I love it.

"It's great having that link with the fans, having your photo taken, signing things, having a chat and meeting people.

"I think it's really important. Bonding with fans is really good and the lads really enjoy doing it, whenever these events come up.

"All the lads are on the same wavelength with this. Myself, Jean II and Chris have enjoyed it."

John Greenfield, head of merchandising, was thrilled with the turn-out.

He added: "It was a great event. It was super to see and a big thank-you to the fans who turned up.

"From my perspective, as I saw the goodies being purchased and the tills jingling, I was more than happy.

"It's very good for business and long may it continue. These sort of events helps promote the club and the shop.

"There should be more of the same next week so stay tuned to the official website for dates and names."

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By @AVFCOfficial 11th August 2011
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