Big Two take on United and Pool legends
Liverpool and Manchester United legends are coming to Northern Ireland next
year to play against Linfield and Glentoran in a special tournament.
The four team event, staged at the Oval on July 26, will be called the Legends XI
Belfast Cup and will form the highlight of what will effectively be a summer tour.
Former Liverpool hero Alan Kennedy and ex-United star Paul Parker were at
Glentoran's ground today to launch the tournament.
Anfield icon Kennedy, who scored the winner in the 1981 European Cup final
against Real Madrid and the decisive penalty in the 1984 shoot-out success over
Roma in the decider, and Parker, who was a big Old Trafford favourite during the
1990s, will be just two of the glamour names from the past turning out.
Frank Stapleton, Lee Sharpe, Andrei Kanchelskis are amongst those lined up to
play for United with Phil Neal, John Aldridge, Jason McAteer and Bruce Grobbelaar
in the Liverpool squad.
Much like old pop groups reforming, the United and Liverpool Legends will be
touring all round Northern Ireland playing games.
Matches will be played in Coleraine, Bangor, Newry and at Moyola Park's ground.
Tickets for the Legends XI games will go on general sale on Ticketmaster from
Friday, December 21.
Eugene McLaughlin from Grow Sport, who are organising the venture, said
today: "We're releasing a small quantity of tickets especially for local clubs.
"Going on the initial response to the offer, we're expecting demand to be really
"We think that Legends XI tickets will be the perfect Christmas present."
John Aldridge, who played for the Liverpool Legends earlier this year in front of
large crowds at Newry and Chimney Corner, said: "I'm so looking forward to
coming back to Northern Ireland. We played two exhibition matches here last
summer and the welcome and support we received was just amazing.
"I'm delighted that Legends XI ticket sales will help local Northern Irish clubs
develop their game and improve their grounds. And hopefully our three exhibition
matches will outsell the three Manchester United Legends games!"