Tuesday 20 March 2018

Up to 30,000 to hit Aviva for Dundalk clash

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny
Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny

Ryan Nugent

Dundalk FC are calling for the help of Irish supporters across the country as they look to make history and secure a place in the Champions League group stages.

It is expected that close to 30,000 supporters will descend on the Aviva Stadium tonight for the Lilywhites' first-leg clash with Polish side Legia Warsaw. Over 23,000 tickets have been sold already.

The club have laid on 10 coaches for supporters travelling to Dublin tonight, with the supporters' club sending another four, for what they see as an opportunity to enter "dreamland".

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Margaret Curtis, who runs the Dundalk supporters' club, told the Irish Independent that she expects the crowd to be a "12th man" for the home side, but knows there will also be a strong contingent from Poland too.

"The whole town and country is really excited, because this is a dream that we never thought we would see - I've never heard such a buzz around Dundalk," Margaret said.

"It's hard to describe what it all means as a fan - it's dreaming. It's a brilliant night - it's not just Dundalk that we'll be representing, it's the whole league," she added.

Irish Independent

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