• Tue, Feb 10, 2009 @ 17:58

St Patrick's Athletic have today announced that they will play a Chelsea XI in a pre-season friendly on Wednesday 18th February, kick off 7.45pm at Richmond Park.

Jeff Kenna the newly appointed Pats' manager, is currently preparing his side ahead of a new League of Ireland season and is delighted at the prospect of taking on the London side:

“Chelsea are a massive club, they've invested hugely in their youth teams and their reserve side is full of youth internationals many of whom have already played for the first team. We've strengthened our squad in recent weeks, we've been training hard and a match against a quality team like this will be a real test for us”

It's the first time in recent years that a Chelsea team have travelled to Dublin and CEO Richard Sadlier is looking forward to welcoming them to Richmond Park.

“Chelsea have a strong support base in Ireland and the match will be a chance for many of their fans to come along and see the next generation of Chelsea stars in action. It will also be a chance for St Pats to showcase our own talent and the growing quality of the League of Ireland”.

Adult tickets are priced from €10.00 to €15.00 and concession tickets are priced at €5.00.

Tickets are available through the club from Tuesday and also from Ticketmaster.

To order your tickets call the club on (01) 4546332 today or log on to for further match details.

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