Former Liverpool and Ireland striker John Aldridge is to take centre stage in one of Longford town’s most popular establishments next month, as the county gears up for the Euro 2012 finals.
The prolific goalscorer will be on hand to meet supporters at Foley’s Bar, Ballymahon Street on June 15, a day after Giovanni Trappatoni’s side face reigning world and European champions, Spain in Gdansk.
And according to bar owner, Dan Foley, anticipation is already building amongst locals ahead of the popular Liverpudian’s visit.
“He is due to arrive at 7pm to watch the England v Sweden game. After that, there will be a 45 minute session about his life and times followed by a question and answer session,” said an excited Mr Foley.
Despite being an occasional visitor to the midlands in recent years, which also included a visit to the Goalpost Bar in Arva around two years ago, it’s the FA Cup winner’s first taste of Longford hospitality, according to the avid Liverpool supporter.
“It (Aldridge visit) has been in the pipeline for a while,” he said. “It was just hard to get him with his schedule.”
As it transpired, Mr Foley’s advances were aided by the intervention of Alan Keown from Kildare based group ‘The Druids’.
Now signed and sealed, the Longford town bar owner is hoping that come June 15, supporters will still have plenty to grill the 69 cap striker on in two weeks time.
“I personally think we (Ireland) will get out of the group, but that’s my own view,” he said, revealing customers can also avail of a pre match barbeque before every Ireland game, the chance to win €200 by simply purchasing a pint while watching each game on a monster 10x10 screen.
“You never know, we (Liverpool) might have a new manager in place by then, so that will be something else to talk about,” he added.