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Thursday 13 December 2018

Scholes 'will visit' after charity match no-show

Paul Scholes missed his flight. Photo: PA
Paul Scholes missed his flight. Photo: PA

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has agreed to travel to Ireland to do a meet-and-greet with fans after missing a charity match over the weekend.

Scholes had been due to play the game at Bray Wanderers' Carlisle Grounds on Saturday but it is understood he missed his flight.

Some 3,000 people had bought tickets to see the game and 60 people bought meet-and-greet tickets, with the funds raised going to the Wicklow Hospice Foundation.

"A lot of the younger people were very disappointed," a spokeswoman for the foundation told the Herald.

"You could see it in their faces when we said Paul was not coming.

"We had a lot of legends there and Paul McGrath deserves a special mention.

"He was great and jumped in the car and came straight down.

Fantastic

"Scholes would have been the best-known player for the younger generation there though.

"The nine legends who did show up were fantastic," she added.

Among the players who appeared at the charity match were Stiliyan Petrov, Keith Gillespie and Jaap Stam.

Scholes's no-show was raised on RTE Radio One's Liveline yesterday, where callers expressed their disappointment.

However, there was good some news for fans as Scholes confirmed to organisers yesterday he would be coming to Ireland.

"We're hoping in the next couple of weeks," the spokeswoman said.

The hospice, whose high-profile patrons include Olympic champion Katie Taylor and actor Daniel Day-Lewis, has raised €5.25m over the last nine years for a palliative care centre.

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