Sunday 4 December 2016

Ireland fans and FAI raise money to turn Aviva into a sea of colour against Bosnia

Published 16/11/2015 | 11:36

Ireland fans at the game. FIFA 2010 World Cup Qualifying Play-off 1st Leg, Republic of Ireland v France, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Ireland fans at the game. FIFA 2010 World Cup Qualifying Play-off 1st Leg, Republic of Ireland v France, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

The FAI Ireland fans have raised money to turn the Aviva Stadium a sea of green, white and orange tonight for the vital play-off second leg against Bosnia.

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Following Friday night's 1-1 draw in Zenica, there is an air of optimism going into tonight's crucial home leg with the sold out signs up around the D4 venue for days now.

While the FAI have arranged 10,000 green cards to cover the East Stand - creating a wall of colour as the players walk out onto the Lansdowne Road pitch - supporters group YouBoysInGreen will also have a display in the South Stand.

Through their popular fans forum on YouBoysInGreen.ie, YBIG have raised the funds for 5,000 additional green, white and orange cards for the Singing Section in the South Lower stand.

"This is a fans initiative and it's all thanks to the brilliant community on YBIG," said a YouBoysInGreen spokesperson.

"Fans on YBIG have been brilliant in donating to cover the costs of this. Many actually donated from Bosnia after spending a lot of money to get there. Fans from YBIG will also give up their time this afternoon to place the cards on the seats in the South Lower stand."

YBIG are behind the creation of the Singing Section, an initiative that started back in the Croke Park days with the South Lower stand now a cauldron of noise and colour.

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