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Thursday 21 August 2014

Ireland to host England in friendly at the Aviva in June 2015

Published 08/04/2014 | 12:20

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Shane Long is just concentrating on football
Shane Long scored when the sides met last May

The Republic of Ireland will play host to England in June 2015, 20 years after the riot which marred their last meeting on Irish soil, the FAI have confirmed.

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The game between Martin O'Neill's men and Roy Hodgson's charges will take place on Sunday, June 7, 2015, six days before Ireland take on Scotland in a European Championship qualifier in the Aviva Stadium.

Ireland played the auld enemy at Wembley last May and took an early lead through an fantastic Shane Long header before Frank Lampard equalised for a 1-1 draw.

It will be the first time that England have played in Dublin since crowd trouble caused the referee to abandon a friendly between the two sides in 1995 after 27 minutes when Ireland led 1-0 through David Kelly.

The Lansdowne Road riot was one of the darkest episodes in the history of English football.

Right-wing extremists among the England supporters in the ground's upper west stand threw objects onto the pitch when David Kelly scored.

The referee took the players off the pitch moments later and they never returned.

Bridges were rebuilt last May when the Republic came to Wembley to play a friendly which they drew 1-1. The match passed off without any crowd trouble.

The two nations have faced each other 14 times before. Ireland have won two, lost five while the other seven matches have been drawn.

"The inclusion of the England match along with an eagerly anticipated qualification campaign makes this sure to be a winning ticket for Irish supporters," said FAI chief executive John Delaney.

“With pre-sale rights to purchase additional tickets added to this year’s Season Ticket package, it represents record value for supporters and the only way to guarantee your seat at the big matches in store over the coming season.”

Club England Managing Director Adrian Bevington welcomed the announcement of next summer's friendly.

He said: "While inevitably the focus for Roy and his team is on Brazil and the World Cup, we are always planning further ahead and we are delighted to announce this fixture next summer.

"We have had recent visits to France to begin initial plans for that tournament, and our friendly matches will also form a key part in the qualification campaign and preparation.

"It will be a significant moment for England to play in Dublin again, and due to the hard work by both organisations on many fronts we fully expect it to be a fantastic occasion enjoyed by both sets of fans."

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Child Under 16                  €54

Student                               €102

Cat C                                   €138

Cat B                                   €186

Cat A                                   €240

Family                                 €318

 

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