Tickets for Liam Miller’s tribute match have completely sold out.
All 45,000 for the charity match at Páirc Uí Chaoimh have been sold, including the 7,300 tickets originally sold for Turner’s Cross.
The match was organised to honour Miller – who tragically passed away at the age of 36 after being diagnosed with oesophageal cancer – and proceeds from the game will go to his family, as well as several chosen charities.
Miller represented the Republic of Ireland, and teams including Manchester United, Celtic, Sunderland, Cork City, and Leeds at club level.
A Manchester United Legends team will take on a Republic of Ireland/Celtic mixed team in the tribute match on September 25th.
There has been enormous interest in the match, and Irish website Tickets.ie crashed yesterday due to the volume of fans trying to snap up tickets. The fixture attracted huge controversy and media attention over the GAA’s initial refusal to allow the game to take place at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
Chairman of the organising committee Michael Flynn expressed his delight at the news, and says the sell-out is “a ringing endorsement” of the GAA’s eventual decision to allow the game to take place at the Cork GAA stadium.
“We are absolutely thrilled that so many people are supporting this wonderful event in Páirc Uí Chaoimh,” O’Flynn said today.
“We would like to thank everyone again for their fabulous support. It’s a ringing endorsement of the GAA’s decision to donate the use of their stadium and we thank them wholeheartedly.
“This will be a unique sporting occasion in Cork, not only because of the calibre of the soccer stars who will be taking part, but also because it will feature both soccer and GAA sports at the same time.
“It will be a fantastic tribute to Liam Miller who was one of Cork’s sporting heroes and a great celebration of sport in Cork.”
Roy Keane will captain the United team, and both squads are filled with household names.
Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Denis Irwin, Rio Ferdinand, and Gary Neville are all included in the Red Devils’ squad, while Miller’s former international teammates Damien Duff, Robbie Keane, Richard Dunne, and Kevin Doyle are among the players in the Celtic/Republic of Ireland Legends panel.
O’Flynn revealed that he has had a number of approaches regarding televising the match, but that MUTV will have the final decision.
“I am currently awaiting a decision from Manchester United who have rights over any games like this,” he said.
“MUTV consider televising all games that Manchester United are involved in. I have had a number of approaches. Some are Irish based. More are from the UK side.”
This article first appeared on The Season Ticket.