Saturday 10 December 2016

Terminally-ill Irish granny will realise her dream of seeing Liverpool play thanks to support of fans

Published 05/09/2016 | 07:17

Marie Wright (in yellow) with members of the Irish Reds and LFC Dublin 15 supporters' clubs
Marie Wright (in yellow) with members of the Irish Reds and LFC Dublin 15 supporters' clubs

A terminally-ill Irish granny will realise her dream of travelling to Anfield to see her beloved Liverpool play after Irish Reds fans organised tickets for her.

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Marie Wright (67), who grew up in Dublin's Ballyfermot, was diagnosed with lung cancer in February.

At the time, she was given only weeks to live, but her family have been inspired by her bravery and said she has been battling hard.

The mother-of-six and grandmother-of-14 has been a lifelong fan of Liverpool, watching every game on TV.

However, she has never been able to travel to Merseyside to see a live match.

Her great wish is to get to a game and meet some of the players and manager Jurgen Klopp. Her son, Ray, told the Herald: "I think she has a crush on him."

The family had planned to travel to the game against Sunderland on November 26, but doctors advised them to make the trip as soon as possible.

Two Irish fan groups were in contact with the family to say they had arranged tickets for this Saturday's game against Leicester.

"We set up a Facebook page, Marie's Wish, to see if maybe we could get her to meet some of the players, but then the guys heard about it and got in touch to say they had organised a wheelchair access ticket and a minder," said Ray.

Marie's daughter Janice said: "It was an unbeliev- able gesture. She can walk with a stick but if she had to climb stairs in the stadium that would have been hard."

Herald

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