The Bhoys are back in Town
Published 19/06/2013 | 05:20
DUNDALK chairman Ciaran Bond and manager Stephen Kenny have both called on Dundalk fans to support this Saturday's Legends match (3pm) to ease the financial pressures at Oriel Park.
The 2002 FAI Cup-winning team host a star-studded Celtic XI featuring the likes of Tommy Boyd, Alan Stubbs, Pierre Van Hooijdonk, Regi Blinker, Bobby Petta and former Dundalk assistant manager Joe Miller in the Lilywhites' chief fundraiser of 2013.
A crowd of just over 1,800 braved awful weather to turn out for last Friday's 2-1 victory over leaders St Pat's, but Kenny's team have only one competitive home game between now and July 25th and there is a pressing need for another big attendance.
'The next two months present a stiff financial challenge to the new board as we face a period of just two home games,' the chairman warned. 'The Celtic legends match is designed to meet this challenge and the support to date has been fantastic.
'The game is the club's biggest fundraiser of the season and as such we are calling on all our supporters to rally around the event. Match tickets are widely available and are keenly priced at €10 for adults ground and stand and €5 for juveniles.
'The Celtic squad is littered with former internationals and there is also the little matter of acknowledging the Dundalk heroes of that memorable 2002 Cup Final.
'We've been looking towards this week all season long. It's important that the fans come out in support of this event.
'We have five or six supporters clubs from around the country, with people coming down with their families. It's a family day too and we're trying to make it a bit more than a football match. It's not every day that you can see the likes of Regi Blinker and Tommy Boyd.'
Warming to that latter theme, Kenny also wants to encourage faces old and new to come and watch Dundalk.
'I think Celtic coming over is huge. They have had a huge influence in Irish football and a big support from Dundalk as well,' the manager said.
'It is a big day for the club and I think we'd like to see the players that won the Cup coming regularly to matches and identifying with fans and also current players.
'We're trying to build and grow the club here. Attendances went right down last year and we're trying to build the club back up. We're trying to get thousands at matches every week.'