KOP this – a tiny soccer club has received more than 26,000 requests for tickets for a match against one of the biggest teams in the world.
Since news broke that Liverpool FC had agreed to play an amateur side in West Cork, the club’s phones have been swamped.
Such has been the response that Dunmanway Town are in talks with the FAI to double the amount of fans it can accommodate for the August 6 clash.
Initially, the club limited tickets to 3,000 for the game, to be played at Dunmanway’s Maria Immaculata Community College.
However, demand from both sides of the water has been such that the club now hopes to double the gate.
Dunmanway player David Hall – who was the first to contact the Merseysiders looking for a game – said that his club is looking at building a temporary 5,000-seater stand, with space for another 1,000 fans standing.
“For the last six months I’ve been negotiating quite heavily with Liverpool. Previously they weren’t interested in getting their own ticket allocation, but they now want 10% because of the level of interest over there. They have been inundated with requests. We have had calls ourselves from people living in London and Liverpool,” Mr Hall said.
The club and FAI officials will meet next Friday to carry out a security assessment on the temporary stand. “The FAI’s director of football, Gerry McDermott, and their safety director, Declan McCluskey, have been very good to us. We will be trying to fit in as many fans into the site as safely as possible,” he said.
The club were offered the use of Turner’s Cross in Cork city for the match, but they declined.
Mr Hall said everybody in the town was behind the project. B&Bs and hotels in a 50km radius were filling up fast, he said. “We will require up to 60 security guards on the day. The local GAA club has offered to assist us by providing voluntary stewards.”
The club are also hoping to set up a tented village for fans in the town centre.
It is expected that tickets will go on sale on Saturday, July 11, in Cork, Clonakilty, Dunmanway and Bantry.
Liverpool have promised to field a squad that could include Dutch internationals Dirk Kuyt and Ryan Babel as well as other first-team players such as Daniel Agger.
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