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FOR­MER Dutch in­ter­na­tional Jaap Stam is the lat­est foot­balling leg­end to an­nounce his sup­port for the Wick­low Hospice Le­gends match tak­ing place in the Carlisle Grounds on Septem­ber 15.

The for­mer Manch­ester United, PSV, AC Mi­lan and Lazio de­fender has al­ready booked his flights and is look­ing for­ward to lin­ing up along­side for­mer team mates like Paul Sc­holes at the fundrais­ing match for Wick­low Hospice Foun­da­tion. On­line sales have rock­eted since the news of his in­volve­ment broke. Player or­gan­iser Colin Telford says isn’t sur­prised at the re­ac­tion and re­calls the shock amongst Ir­ish Manch­ester United fans at Stam’s sudden de­par­ture from the Club in 2001. ‘Fans were heart- bro­ken,’ said Colin. ‘Apart from be­ing one of the best defenders and most skil­ful play­ers in the world, Ir­ish fans re­ally con­nected with Jaap Stam. Ir­ish peo­ple have great re­spect for peo­ple who say it as it is and with Jaap Stam they had this in abun­dance’.

The list of other stars tak­ing part in the game in­cludes for­mer United stars Paul Sc­holes, Keith Gille­spie, Brian McClair and Clay­ton Black­more. Celtic Greats in­clude Stiliyan Petrov, Lubo Mo­rav­cik and Tom Boyd whilst Alan Kennedy and John Wark will fly the flag for all Liver­pool sup­port­ers. Wick­low Hospice Foun­da­tion hopes to raise a six-fig­ure to­tal be­tween spon­sor­ship, ticket sales, the Le­gends’ Gala Ball, grand auc­tion and other ac­tiv­i­ties.

A spokesper­son said: ‘Thanks to all of you who have bought tickets for the match, the Le­gends Ball and the meet and greet. It’s not easy to sell thou­sands of tickets and with­out the in­cred­i­ble good will of the peo­ple of Wick­low a match like this would not be pos­si­ble. Jaap Stam and the gang can look for­ward to a he­roes wel­come next Satur­day. We still have some tickets avail­able so please do book your tickets & let’s make this a sell-out fundraiser for the peo­ple of Wick­low’. Match Tickets are €10 each & avail­able from www.gr8events.ie. For more de­tails see www. wick­lowhos­pice.ie or con­tact Marie Kind­lon, mkind­lon@hot­mail.com, 086 3768898 or Sinead on 087 0954137, sinead@wick­lowhos­pice.ie.

Manch­ester United le­gends Paul Sc­holes and Jaap Stam (above).

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