Ian Rush and Jason McAteer were at the Aviva Stadium yesterday to formally launch the match on April 12th between the Republic of Ireland and Liverpool FC legends in aid of the Sean Cox Rehabilitation Trust.
Some of the biggest names in the game will go head-to-head on teams managed by Mick McCarthy and Sir Kenny Dalglish in a bid to raise vital money for the rehabilitation of Sean Cox.
The Meath native was the victim of an unprovoked attack outside Anfield last year ahead of Liverpool’s UEFA Champions League tie against AS Roma.
The players were joined by Sean’s wife Martina Cox, Sean’s son Jack and Stephen Felle, a trustee of the Sean Cox Rehabilitation Trust.
McAteer, Phil Babb, John Aldridge, and Ireland’s record goalscorer Robbie Keane will play for both teams in the match, having all worn the green and red with distinction.
Kevin Kilbane, Kenny Cunningham, Lee Carsley, Ian Harte, Stephen Hunt, and Kevin Doyle will feature for Ireland with more names still to be confirmed.
Champions League winners Jerzy Dudek, Vladimir Smicer and Djibril Cisse will be joined by the likes of Rush and Robbie Fowler for Liverpool on the night.
“I’ve watched Ireland play in the Aviva Stadium numerous times, and was disappointed never get the chance to play here,” said McAteer. “When the opportunity came about to play in this game, I couldn’t turn it down.”
“We will be playing to raise as much money as we can for the Sean Cox Rehabilitation Trust. I’m honoured to have been asked to play in this game.”
The game at Aviva Stadium will kick off at 7-45 and ticket prices will start at €20 for adults, Under-16s will be €10.
Tickets for the game go on general sale via Ticketmaster on Thursday with a pre-sale period for FAI Season Ticket holders going on sale this morning.
For more information on Sean’s story or to donate to the campaign visit supportsean.com