Cork City announce friendly with Blackburn Rovers

The Leesiders will host the Lancashire club in a friendly game at Turner's Cross as part of the Championship side's pre-season preparation
Cork City have announced that they will host English club Blackburn Rovers in a friendly fixture at the end of the summer. The game is set to take place at Turner’s Cross on Sunday August 12.

Championship side Blackburn Rovers were recently relegated from the English Premier League after finishing 19th.

Rebel Army manager Tommy Dunne has revealed that he is excited by the fixture and believes that it is a 'good test' for his squad.

“This is another attractive fixture for us and for our fans," said Dunne.

He continued: "Blackburn is a top club with some excellent players and the fact that the game is being played so close to the start of the English season means Turner’s Cross will see the Blackburn side in peak condition.

"It will be a good test for our young squad,” added the Dubliner.

Blackburn manager Steve Kean described the Leesiders as one of Ireland's 'top clubs' and said that he is confident that it will prove to be a competitive game.

“We are having a short stay at Fota Island Resort where we will be able to do some training so to have a game against one of Ireland’s top clubs a week ahead of the start of our season is the ideal preparation for us," said Kean.

He added: “The match will certainly be a competitive one as Cork City are in the middle of their season, so physically they will be at the top level.

"We are away to Ipswich Town in our first fixture so it is important for us to end pre-season with a performance that gives us momentum going into the campaign," concluded the Rovers boss.

The match kicks off at 15:00 (IST) and tickets for the game will go on sale on Tuesday morning, July 3, at Bishopstown. They will also be available online through Ticketmaster and will be priced at €10 and €5 for concessions.