Chelsea visit to boost coffers of domestic game with Pat's and Bohs set to share windfall of €225,000
Premier league giants Chelsea will help to inject €225,000 into the domestic game next month when they travel to Dublin to face Bohemians and St Patrick's Athletic - a windfall worth twice the current prize money on offer for winning the League of Ireland.
And former Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given could also be on the trip if, as expected, Lampard (above) is appointed as Chelsea boss and brings Given, currently his goalkeeping coach at Derby, along as part of his coaching team.
Chelsea have started their pre-season schedule for the last three seasons in Australia, China and Austria, but the club have opted to kick off preparations for the 2019/ '20 season in Dublin.
The Blues will play Bohs at Dalymount Park on Wednesday July 10, before meeting St Pat's at Richmond Park on Saturday, July 13. The match at Dalymount could be Lampard's first game in charge -if the Rams boss has by then been confirmed in the role left vacant by Maurizio Sarri's recent exit.
Chelsea will be based in Carton House for pre-season training that week and have pledged to bring a full-strength squad for the two games. With limited capacity at Dalymount (3,640) and Richmond (5,500), both matches are expected to sell out, tickets costing €30 for adults and limited tickets available for children at €15.
St Pat's would hope to bring in €130,000 from ticket sales, while it's estimated Bohs could net around €95,000 - although there will be substantial costs for policing and stewarding, as well as match fees to the London club.
The two clubs should still bring in the equivalent of one round in the Europa League.