Tuesday 23 July 2019

'When you come to Ireland, it's like being in Liverpool' - Ian Rush backs Reds fans to come out in support of Sean Cox

Sean Cox's son Jack and wife Martina with, from left, Stephen Felle, Trustee of Sean Cox Rehabilitation Trust, former Liverpool player Ian Rush and FAI Chief Executive John Delaney at the launch of the Liverpool Legends v Republic of Ireland XI game at Aviva Stadium. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Sean Cox's son Jack and wife Martina with, from left, Stephen Felle, Trustee of Sean Cox Rehabilitation Trust, former Liverpool player Ian Rush and FAI Chief Executive John Delaney at the launch of the Liverpool Legends v Republic of Ireland XI game at Aviva Stadium. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Aidan Fitzmaurice

LIVERPOOL legend Ian Rush believes that the club's support in Ireland will come out in numbers in Dublin to support Irish Reds fan Sean Cox

Meath-born Liverpool supporter Sean Cox suffered an attack before the club's game at home to Roma in the Champions League last April and the fund has been set up to assist his rehabilitation process, the goal to raise €2 million. As part of the fundraising processs, a Liverpool Legends side will play an Ireland XI at the Aviva Stadium on April 12th.

Mick McCarthy will manage the Ireland XI while Robbie Keane and Jason McAteer will play for both sides in the game.

"It's going to be really special, there are so many Liverpool fans in Ireland it's amazing, when you come to Ireland it's like being in Liverpool," Rush said in Dublin today.

"It's great to come and play the game, all the players are looking forward to it but so are the supporters.

"Liverpool is a family club, we stick together. You hear of You'll Never Walk Alone and that's the case with something like this, it will be an amazing night."

Former Reds player Jason McAteer is backing the game and will take part in the match.

"It was such a sad story and being Irish, I am all over it. I have seen behind the scenes the devastation it's caused, no one should go to a football match and end up in this situation," McAteer said.

Sean's wife Martina said today that her husband is making progress in his recovery from that horrific attack. 

"Sean has made encouraging progress in the last few months, he can talk a little and has some movement, we don't know if he will walk again but we are giving him as much encouragement as possible. We want to get the best for him," she said.

*A Republic of Ireland Legends side will play a Liverpool Legends XI in Aviva Stadium on Friday April 12th. All proceeds go to the Sean Cox Rehabilitation Trust.

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