|New A-League Franchise North Queensland Fury to play Singapore club at Jalan Besar Stadium on 31 May 2009
Australia’s newest team in their domestic A-League, The North Queensland Fury, is set to play the Tampines Rovers at Jalan Besar Stadium come the end of May. The Townsville based club are making their debut in the A-League this year and are embarking on a tour of Sabah and Singapore in preparation for their debut season. The club coached by former Glasgow Rangers and Scotland player, Ian Ferguson counts among its players former Liverpool goal scorer Robbie Fowler.
Robbie Fowler was part of the Liverpool team that last visited Singapore in 2001. He is also the only overseas Marquee player in the Australian A-League for the upcoming season, which has seen the likes of Romario, Dwight Yorke and Juninho show their skills in previous years.
The match, organized by local sports marketing company The Red Card Pte Ltd is headed by former Singapore football international R. Sasikumar. Sasikumar sees this as a great opportunity for all football fans to experience high quality football outside of the English Premier League and commented, “To have a quality player such as Robbie Fowler with a competitive team such as the North Queensland Fury on home turf is good for both Singapore Football, and all football fans. We at Red Card have organized fringe events that will add to the excitement of the game, and contribute the overall passion for the game of football.”
It would be a definite treat for Singaporean Liverpool Fans and Football fans in general to see the North Queensland Fury in action in their first ever overseas tour to South East Asia.
Coach Ian Ferguson added, “The upcoming game against the Rovers will definitely warm the boys up for our 09-10 league back home. The boys are ready and we are looking forward to an exciting match against Singapore. Fans will surely not be disappointed.”
The North Queensland Fury will be conducting a clinic for school children upon their arrival in Singapore. Conducted by the coaching staff and the players, it will commence on 30th May and held at the Hougang Stadium. A special appearance would be made by legendary ex-Singapore international Fandi Ahmad at the clinic.
In addition, a gala dinner will be hosted on the same night for members of the Australian and British expatriate community together with local businesses. Limited spaces are still available to the public wishing to be part of this exclusive event.
Another key highlight is a charity curtain raiser that will be played before the main event which will see the legendary Singapore ‘Dream Team’ of the 90s make a return on the pitch after 14 years. The team will also feature prolific goal scorer Abbas Saad who will make his appearance after a decade away from the football scene, who will once again team up with former captain Fandi Ahmad and midfield dynamo Malek Awab. They will go up against a local Celebrity team including singer-rapper Sheikh Haikel and radio Deejays Glenn Ong and Rod Monterio. The adopted charity for the “Dream Team” is the CARE United program which is S-League’s unique charity and community programme, designed to enrich the lives of the less fortunate through football. The programme is seeks to benefit three key areas, namely less fortunate children with a love for football, the elderly who are active at heart and the Development of Women’s Football in Singapore.
Tickets for the match are priced at SGD25 for Grandstand seats, SGD15 for Gallery and SGD5 for Students and Senior Citizens (to show valid concession pass upon purchase and entry) and will be available for sale at Jalan Besar Stadium from 21st May onwards, as well as on match day itself. Online ticketing also available at www.redcard.tv from 15th May onwards. For enquiries on VIP hospitality, gala dinner and ticketing, please email [email protected] or call (+65) 6304 3167.