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Shamrock Rovers announce July friendly with English Premier League side Burnley F.C.

Shamrock Rovers v Burnley

Tallaght Stadium

Friday, July 14th, 2017. Kick off 7pm

Sean Dyche will bring his Burnley side to Tallaght Stadium for a friendly match against Shamrock Rovers on Friday July 14th. The game will have a 7pm kick off and tickets are now on sale at normal matchday prices; Adults €15, Students & Seniors €10, Children U14 €5.

Burnley will be based in Ireland for six days as part of their pre-season training schedule with the game at Tallaght Stadium the final part of their schedule.

There will be lots of interest in particular for the Irish Internationals in the Burnley squad including Robbie Brady, Jeff Hendrick, Stephen Ward and Kevin Long.

Speaking about the fixture Burnley manager Sean Dyche said:

“We’ve decided to stay just outside Dublin, which fitted in with our thinking.

“I flew out there myself to have a look and it’s a great facility, which is the key.

“It’s a bit closer to home and we’re going to link up with a game at the end of the week which is good for our fans should they want to come over.

“It’s a change from the norm. We don’t want to go too far away from our thinking here because we’ve got this new (training) facility which is fantastic.

“But pre-season is a long period and it’s good to get the lads away where everyone is together for five or six days and you get that little bit of bonding work, as well as the physical and tactical and technical work.”

Tickets are priced at €15 / €10 / €5 and are available online here and there is a special offer available for Shamrock Rovers Members and Season Ticket holders at €10 which are available on presentation of season ticket at the club Megastore from today or on matchdays at Tallaght Stadium from next Monday’s game v Galway United.

The game will form part of a Festival of Football at Tallaght Stadium in June-July with a UEFA Europa League qualifier, an SSE Aitricity League fixture and another high profile friendly to be announced in the coming days.


Some details on the Irish players in the Burnley squad:

Robbie Brady

Brady began his career in the Manchester United academy but featured just once for United’s first team. He joined Hull City and played in the 2014 FAI Cup final. Brady signed for Norwich City in July 2015 for £7 million. He became Burnley’s record signing in January 2017 when he completed a transfer for a fee reported to be around £13 million. Brady has over 30 caps for Ireland since making his debut in 2012. He scored and set up two more goals in that 4–1 victory over Oman. At Euro 2016, Brady scored the crucial header against Italy to put Ireland into the last 16, where he also netted against France. He captained his country for the first time in March.

Jeff Hendrick

Hendrick, along with Brady, spent his early years with boyhood club St. Kevin’s Boys in Dublin. He joined Derby County’s youth academy in 2008. Hendrick made his professional debut in April 2011 and quickly became a regular starter, appearing in the 2014 Championship play-off final where Derby missed out on promotion. After 214 appearances for Derby over seven seasons, he joined newly promoted Premier League side Burnley in August 2016, signing a three-year deal. The midfielder earned his first international cap in 2013. He started in all four of Ireland’s games at Euro 2016 and scored his first goal in a green shirt in the 2-2 draw in Serbia last September.

Stephen Ward

Ward began his senior career with Bohemians before moving to Wolves in 2007. He was part of their promotion to the Premier League two years later and played over 230 times for the club. Ward is able to play in a variety of positions, primarily left-back, but also in left midfield and as a striker, scoring the only goal of the game at Anfield in December 2010. Following consecutive relegations however he was transfer listed, eventually leaving to return to the Premier League with Burnley in 2014. Ward made his Ireland debut in a Nations Cup game against Northern Ireland in 2011, where he opened the scoring in a 5-0 win. He played at both Euro 2012 and Euro 2016.

Kevin Long

Long played for his native Cork City from 2008 to 2010 before moving to Burnley. The centre-back made his Premier League debut against Newcastle on New Years Day 2015 but suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury which kept him sidelined for the best part of a year. Loan spells at Barnsley and M.K. Dons followed but Long has worked his way back into the Burnley reckoning and made his first start for the club against West Brom two weeks ago. His first Ireland call up has rounded off the perfect month for him.

Pictured below are Robbie Brady, Jeff Hendrick and Stephen Ward.

pic credit Burnley F.C.