Staunton set for Oriel Park return

STEVE Staunton will return to Dundalk FC in July as part of the club’s Oriel Park 75th Anniversary celebrations.

STEVE Staunton will return to Dundalk FC in July as part of the club’s Oriel Park 75th Anniversary celebrations.

Staunton, who left Dundalk in 1986 to sign for Liverpool, will be part of the Liverpool Legends side that take on Dundalk Legends, selected from the 1994-1996 era, at Oriel Park on Saturday 23 July, kick-off 3.30pm. Incidentally, the first ever game played at Oriel Park was on 23 August 1936.

The game will also see a home début for Dundalk’s Whiston-born manager Ian Foster, who spent ten years in the under-age set-up at Anfield.

Liverpool Legends: Bob Bolder, Rob Jones, Phil Babb, Jason McAteer, Ronnie Whelan, Steve Staunton, Paul Walsh, Jan Molby, Ian Foster, John Aldridge, Michael Thomas.

Tickets are on sale from the Oriel Park office and several outlets nationwide. Ticket prices are as follows: Adults 10 Euro, Juveniles (U14s) 5 Euro.

Special full-day and sponsorship packages are available and the match match is sponsored by Harvey Norman.

Crowne Plaza Hotel After the match, from 8pm, there will be a Gala Dinner with the Legends at The Crowne Plaza Hotel Dundalk, with a four-course meal, post-dinner interviews, a band and DJ.

Admission is by ticket only, with tickets – available from only the Oriel Park office – priced 50 Euro. Limited numbers only.

For a very special price of 100 Euro, in association with The Crowne Plaza Hotel Dundalk, you can get the all-in package, which includes Match Ticket, Gala Ticket and B&B at the hotel. The price of 100 Euro is per person sharing. Both Legends teams will be staying at the hotel on the night.

Sponsorship Opportunities You can play in the match for either Liverpool (250 Euro) or Dundalk (150 Euro). This includes getting in the team photo before the game, your jersey signed by all the players, 20 minutes pitch time, plus two free Match Tickets. Limited numbers only.

You can also sponsor the players (Liverpool players 150 Euro or Dundalk players 100 Euro). This includes a signed jersey, a photo with your chosen player, plus two free Match Tickets.

Added Bonus: If you take any of the above Sponsorship Opportunities you can avail of a special discounted package deal – two Gala Tickets and same night B&B for you and your partner for just an extra 140 Euro, giving you a saving of 60 Euro on the package deal.

Dundalk FC Financial Director Ciaran Bond has urged the football public in Dundalk and its surrounding areas to get behind the initiative.

With attendances falling at Oriel Park, the Liverpool Legends game is one drive that the club is hoping will raise a high level of income and Bond stated that if targets are achieved, Lilywhites boss Ian Foster could be given some funding to help a late push for European qualification.

“We’re appealing to the people of Dundalk and not just the 1-2000 hardcore followers of the club. We need a wider supporter base going to the games and to help with the fundraisers. We’re always going to the same supporters and I think it’s important that the people of Dundalk, if they want a team to challenge the likes of Sligo Rovers and Shamrock Rovers, they realise that it all boils down to one thing and that is increased revenue.”