Fab Four of Liverpool legends to line up to raise funds for Drinagh team

Republic of Ireland and Liverpool star John Aldridge in action against Belgium in 1987. Aldridge will lineup with three of his Liverpool and Ireland team-mates against Drinagh Rangers. Picture: Billy Stickland

A small village in West Cork has scored a major coup in getting a match against some of the greatest Irish soccer legends.

Although they’re getting on a bit, the likes of Ronnie Whelan, John Aldridge, Ray Houghton, and Phil Babb have agreed to line out in a Liverpool Legends team which will take on the veterans of Drinagh Rangers.

The ex-Liverpool fab four notched up a combined 726 appearances for the Merseyside club and 230 for the Republic of Ireland.

Tickets have just gone on sale for the clash which will take place at 3pm on July 25 in the village’s Canon Crowley Park.

Drinagh Rangers’ chairman Don Hurley said up to 2,000 tickets were being issued for the clash and the money made would go to the club’s development.

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It was founded in 1983 and currently has 200 members, and runs four adult teams and a number of underage sides.

“The idea came up last year when Ronnie Whelan visited Dunmanway with the Irish Masters [soccer team] to play a West Cork selection,” said Mr Hurley. “While there he expressed an interest in bringing over the Liverpool Legends and this was organised by David Hall from Dunmanway and our club.

“We as a club feel that this is an opportunity not to be missed; to bring European Cup and English League winners and former Irish/English international footballers to West Cork for Liverpool fans in the area and football fans in general. We also feel it may be an opportunity for Drinagh Rangers AFC to give something back to former players who now get the chance to play on the same pitch as these legends.”

Tickets for the match, which cost €20 for adults and €5 for under-16s, have gone on sale in various outlets throughout West Cork.

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