Republic of Ireland and Liverpool FC legends were at Aviva Stadium on Monday to officially launch the April 12 match between the two sides, in aid of the Sean Cox Rehabilitation Trust.
The match will see some of the biggest names in the game go head-to-head, in a bid to raise vital money for the rehabilitation of Sean Cox. The Meath native was the victim of an unprovoked attack outside Anfield last year ahead of Liverpool’s UEFA Champions League tie against AS Roma.
Republic of Ireland legend Jason McAteer and Liverpool FC Ambassador Ian Rush were on hand to launch the match and were joined by Sean’s wife Martina Cox, Sean’s son Jack and Stephen Felle, a trustee of the Sean Cox Rehabilitation Trust.
Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy will take charge of some familiar names in green, while Sir Kenny Dalglish will manage of the Liverpool legends.
McAteer, Phil Babb, John Aldridge, and Ireland record goalscorer Robbie Keane will play for both teams in the match, having all worn the green and red with distinction.
The likes of Kevin Kilbane, Kenny Cunningham, Lee Carsley, Ian Harte, Stephen Hunt, and Kevin Doyle will feature of Ireland with more names still to be confirmed.
Champions League winners Jerzy Dudek, Vladimir Smicer and Djibril Cisse will be joined by the likes of Rush and Robbie Fowler for Liverpool on the night.
Speaking at the launch, Jason McAteer said he was looking forward to playing in Aviva Stadium for the first time, especially for such a fantastic cause.
“I’ve watched Ireland play in the stadium numerous times, and was disappointed never get the chance to play here. When the opportunity came about to play in this game, I couldn’t turn it down”, McAteer admitted.
“We will be playing to raise as much money as we can for the Sean Cox Rehabilitation Trust. I’m honoured to have been asked to play in this game.”
The game at Aviva Stadium will kick off at 7.45pm and ticket prices will start at €20 for adults, Under-16s will be €10 and a family ticket (two adults and two children) will be priced at €70.
Tickets for the game go on general sale via Ticketmaster on 14 February at 10am with pre-sales for FAI Season Ticket holders going on sale on 12 February at 10am.
For more information on Sean’s story or to donate to the campaign visit supportsean.com