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Stars set to line out for Liam

Wednesday, 18th July, 2018 5:12pm

Roy Keane was among the faces to launch a special match for the late Liam Miller yesterday.

Tickets for the Liam Miller Benefit Match are set to go on sale this Friday, with the game taking place at Turners Cross at 3pm on 25 September.

The match will be followed by a Black Tie Gala Dinner and panel discussion in Cork City Hall at 7.15pm.

Cork man Liam grew up in Ovens and played for top clubs such as Celtic and Manchester United, also earning 21 caps for the Republic of Ireland. The midfielder returned to his home city in 2015, spending one season at Cork City. He sadly passed away in February of this year from pancreatic cancer, just four months after being diagnosed.

Former team-mates of Liam from his time with Manchester United, Celtic and the Republic of Ireland will line out for the two special tribute events, which has been organised with the help of figures like Sir Alex Ferguson, Keane, Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward, Cork City manager John Caulfield, veteran Ireland player John Giles and family neighbour and friend Michael O’Flynn.

The match will include top former stars like Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes, with Keane and current Ireland manager Martin O’Neill set to go head to head, managing opposing teams.

 

Keane and Caulfield were among the attendees at yesterday's launch at City Hall, as well as Lord Mayor Cllr Mick Finn.

Speaking about the events John Caulfield told the Cork Independent: “Liam’s death was a shock to everyone, especially his wife and three young kids. He was a family man with no airs and graces despite the success he had in his career, and you can see by the names that are involved the respect that’s there for Liam as a player and as a person.

Cllr Finn said: “The Miller family suffered a devastating loss with Liam’s tragic passing earlier this year, and it is fantastic to see how the football community has responded so magnificently to this tribute match.

“I am sure that the people of Cork, and indeed the country, will also come out in force to support this great initiative. It promises to be a unique sporting event with so many greats of football set to take part,” he said.

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