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Soccer legends' tribute to tragic firemen

FOOTBALL legend John Aldridge will salute two hero firefighters when he captains a team of former greats in a memorial game.

The former Ireland star will line out at a big charity event which will mark the third anniversary of the deaths of firemen Brian Murray and Mark O'Shaughnessy, who both died fighting a blaze at a disused factory in Bray.

The John Aldridge XI will take on the Bray Fire Fighters XI at the Carlisle Grounds in the County Wicklow seaside resort on Sunday, September 26.

Players on the 'legends team' include Manchester United's Andy Cole and Lee Sharpe, European Cup winners Alan Kennedy and Phil Neal, and Ireland star Jason McAteer.

Among others in the side are David May, Clayton Blackmore, Don Hutchinson and Paul Walsh.

Two charities will benefit from the fundraiser -- Irish Autism Action and the Laura Lynn Children's Hospice Foundation.

Mr Murray's son Brian junior said: "The respect and dignity the community has showed us and the service after the fire tragedy was overwhelming.


"We wanted to do something to show our appreciation back to the people by organising this fundraiser."

Mr Aldridge said: "Myself and the lads are really happy to be involved in this event. These charities do amazing work and need support."

The firemen who died were part of a small team of firefighters who went to the scene of the blaze at the derelict factory in Bray in 2007. An official inquiry into the tragedy is ongoing.

The organisers of the charity event said some of the legendary players may be older but they "haven't lost their drive for winning or skill with the ball".

The €10 tickets include admission to the event, which includes an Armed Forces demonstration, pipe bands, a kick boxing exhibition, Irish dancing, bouncy castles and face painting.

Among the celebrities taking part in the event will be singer Darren Holden of The High Kings.

"I have been very close to Irish Autism Action over the last year and have met people from all over affected by it, not least from within my by own family," he said