Friday 19 October 2018

Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane lead an all-star line-up for Liam Miller tribute match in Cork

Liam Miller died at the age of 36
Liam Miller died at the age of 36

Robbie Keane, Damien Duff, John O'Shea, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand are among a host of former stars who will play in a tribute match for the late Liam Miller.

Roy Keane will lead a team of Manchester United old boys into battle with Martin O'Neill's combined Celtic and Republic of Ireland side at Turner's Cross, the home of Cork City, on Tuesday, September 25.

"I’m delighted to be part of this tribute game for Liam, someone I played alongside for club and country, and also managed for a period of time," said Keane.

"Liam sadly passed away last February, but he remains a team-mate of ours and this tribute is an opportunity to celebrate his career on the pitch but also to remember the man he was away from football.

"It is fitting the game will be staged in Liam’s home town of Cork, a great sporting county, and I am very confident the public will come out to show their support to Liam's family on September 25."

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Roy Keane chats to team-mate Liam Miller during their time together in the Ireland squad

Proceeds from the match, and a gala dinner which will follow it, will be used to help Miller's widow Clare and their three children, and Marymount Hospice, where he died.

"We are energised and greatly encouraged by the support from Man Utd, Celtic, John Delaney and the FAI and a host of players who have rowed in so readily behind this effort," said Michael O’Flynn, a former neighbour and friend Miller who is spearheading the organisation of the event.

"It is rare you get to see so many outstanding football players on the one pitch, and I hope it will be a great day for all involved.

"The support we have received from John Delaney and the FAI, Sir Alex Ferguson, John O’Shea, Cork City FC and many other committee members has been extraordinary and a fitting reflection of the esteem in which Liam Miller was held from Ovens to Old Trafford."

Keith Andrews, Kenny Cunningham, Stephen Carr, Kevin Doyle, Kevin Kilbane, Stephen McPhail, Colin Healy Richard Dunne and Andy Reid are all expected to take part in the game, with Denis Irwin, Jaap Stam, David May, Louis Saha, Nicky Butt, Ronny Johnsen, Paul Scholes also expected to play.

The former Celtic, Manchester United and Ireland midfielder lost his battle with oesophogeal cancer in February at the age of 36.

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