A large group of Republic of Ireland fans from Brideview United in Tallow, County Waterford will go to the Aviva Stadium for the EURO 2020 Qualifier against Georgia after manager Mick McCarthy donated more than 50 tickets to the club.
McCarthy, whose father Charlie came from Tallow, invited a contingent from the junior football club to watch his first home game in his second spell as Ireland boss.
Mick’s father passed away back in March 2001 when his Republic of Ireland squad were in the middle of a crucial double-header of World Cup qualifying sequence. Still in mourning for his dad, Mick oversaw two wins for the Boys in Green in a campaign which culminated in qualification for the 2002 World Cup finals.
Ireland got Mick McCarthy’s second tenure as boss off to a nervy – but winning – start with a 1-0 victory over Gibraltar, in difficult, very windy conditions at the 2,300 capacity Victoria Stadium in Gibraltar. The stadium is built with an airport behind one of the goals and, remarkably, a plane could be seen taking off during Saturday’s match.
Liam Fraser (pictured above with his family), who has been associated with Brideview United for more than 40 years, said: “It’s a fantastic gesture to provide 54 tickets to the football club for the game versus Georgia. Mick has always had time for our club and for Tallow due to his father’s connections and we have kept in contact for many years.
“We’ve players of all ages heading to the game and it’s an opportunity for a new generation of fans to come and cheer on a Mick McCarthy side. We’re glad to see him back.”