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Wednesday 12 December 2018

'This will be a great tribute to Liam'

TRIBUTES: Former Sunderland teammate David Meyler says today’s match is a chance to honour a national hero. Photo: Sportsfile
TRIBUTES: Former Sunderland teammate David Meyler says today’s match is a chance to honour a national hero. Photo: Sportsfile

Today's tribute game for the late Liam Miller is not just a chance for the people of Cork to honour a local hero, but an opportunity for the nation to mark the passing of a great player.

That's the view of David Meyler, who played alongside Miller for at club level. Meyler did not get to play alongside Miller at international level but the bond between the two Cork natives was strong.

"I was fortunate enough to play with Liam when I was at Sunderland. I could not speak highly enough of him, he was a lovely fellah, a wonderful footballer and a great guy," Meyler told Off The Ball.

"It's such a shame, for all his family and friends, for Liam to go at such a young age is such a shame.

"What gives me satisfaction is that the people of Cork have pulled together and have gone to extreme lengths to make this what it should be.

"There was obviously the big talk about Turner's Cross and Páirc uí Chaoimh, Turner's Cross is max 9,000 but Páirc uí Chaoimh is 40,000. When they changed it you think, please God it sells out.

"I am from Cork and we love our own but the whole of Ireland have responded to this. I know people who are coming from all over Ireland.

"I hope it's as great an occasion as Liam was as a person because he, and his family deserve this," added Meyler.

Niall Quinn was Sunderland chairman when they signed Miller from Manchester United in 2006.

Quinn was the lead organiser of a reunion of players from the Jack Charlton era last night and the funds from a golf day and charity dinner will go to the Miller fund, something that Quinn was eager to back.

"Liam was an absolute gent and it is terrible what happened," Quinn said.

"We [Sunderland] signed six players on deadline day and Liam was the sixth at about 11.50pm, he had been waiting patiently from 7pm when he arrived and did his medical and by the time he got through it all, he was lovely, he brought great energy to it all.

"He was unfairly renowned for his time keeping, or lack of it, at the time he used to get a few fines from Roy.

"I just remember a real nice young fellow, that is the way I will always see him Everybody at Sunderland, we would all remember him fondly," added Quinn.

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