Manchester United and Celtic will both pay tribute to the late Liam Miller with a tribute matchup featuring some of the most iconic footballers to have worn both jerseys.
Miller, who passed away earlier this year at 36, played for United and Celtic during his football career, and will be honoured on a special day in his native Leeside on Tuesday September 25th.
United legends including Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Ronny Johnsen, Paul Scholes, Denis Irwin, Jaap Stam, David May, Louis Saha and Rio Ferdinand will be led by former skipper Roy Keane as they go head-to-head at Turner’s Cross with Martin O’Neill’s combined Republic of Ireland-Glasgow Celtic selection featuring Robbie Keane, Damien Duff, Stephen Carr, Kevin Doyle, Keith Andrews, Kenny Cunningham, Kevin Kilbane, Stephen McPhail, Colin Healy Richard Dunne and Andy Reid.
The benefit match, which will kick off at 3pm, is the brainchild of number of key figures from the world of business and sport, including developer Michael O’Flynn who is a neighbour of the Miller family, Sir Alex Ferguson, Roy Keane, Martin O’Neill, John O’Shea, Graham Barrett, Ciaran Medlar, Ger Gilroy, Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell, Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward, Denis O’Brien and Dermot Desmond amongst many others.
The match will be followed by a black tie gala dinner in Cork City Hall. Proceeds from the Liam Miller tribute will be used to help Liam’s wife Clare and their three children rebuild their lives with Marymount Hospice also benefiting from the events.
Chair of the committee, Michael O’Flynn, a former neighbour and friend of Liam’s, said the following:
“We are energised and greatly encouraged by the support from Manchester United, Celtic, John Delaney and the FAI and a host of players who have rowed in so readily behind this effort. The game at Turner’s Cross will attract fans across the country, who will descend on Cork to see many of the game’s greats.
“Liam was a friend and neighbour of mine. His whole family, including Clare and their three children, suffered a devastating loss when he passed away and our hope is that the events in September will honour his memory and help his loved ones move forward with their lives. 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, John Caulfield and 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.”
Roy Keane, a colleague of Miller’s at Old Trafford said:
“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. 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 25th.”
Match tickets, which will be limited, will shortly be available via Ticketmaster from €50 per person. A black-tie gala dinner will take place on the evening of September 25th in Cork City Hall. For further information see www.liammillertribute.com.