10/02/2003

Barcelona to face Derry City in friendly match

Spanish football giants Barcelona have agreed to play a friendly match against League of Ireland side Derry City.

The fixture – which was organised following a meeting between representatives of the Catalonia club and the SDLP's John Hume – is likely to be a huge money-spinner for Derry who have faced major financial difficulties over the past number of years.

The game is expected to take place during the summer pre-season months, hopefully enabling the club to bring a number of their major star's including Marc Overmars and Patrick Kluivert.

The arrival of Barcelona will follow that of Manchester United, Celtic and fellow Spanish club Real Madrid who have played at the Brandywell in the past few years.

(MB)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

29 January 2019
Four Men Jailed For Murder Of Colin Horner
Four men from the Newtownards and Bangor areas have been handed custodial sentences for the murder of Colin Horner in 2017. The victim was gunned down outside a busy supermarket in Bangor on Sunday 28 May, only seconds after placing his three-year-old son, who witnessed the brutal slaying, into his car seat.
12 February 2019
Women Attacked And House Petrol Bombed In Lurgan Disturbance
Two woman have been assaulted and a petrol bomb thrown during a disturbance at a house in Lurgan. The PSNI received a report at around 8.20pm that two females had entered a property in Headington Manor at around 7.30pm on Sunday 10 February.
04 February 2019
Graveyard Altercation Leads To Weapons Seizure
An incident at a County L'Derry graveyard over the weekend led to the discovery of a haul of weapons, it has emerged. Two loaded shotguns, knives, blades and suspected acid were seized on the Altinure Road in Park on the morning of Saturday 02 February.
12 February 2019
Police Granted Further Time To Question Murder Suspects
Police investigating a recent murder in Clogher have been granted an additional 28 hours to question two people on suspicion of murder. The body of 30-year-old Pat Ward was found in an alleyway on Saturday morning, 09 February. Police immediately launched a murder enquiry following the discovery.
04 February 2019
Appeal For Witnesses After City Centre Robbery
Police have issued an appeal for information after a commercial premises in Belfast City Centre was robbed. The business on High Street was targeted on Sunday evening, 03 February, when a man entered while armed with a large kitchen knife.