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Tuesday, August 3, 1999 Published at 05:55 GMT 06:55 UK


Special Report

United's emotional visit to bomb town

Omagh will give a rousing welcome to treble winners Manchester United

Treble winners Manchester United are making an emotional visit to Omagh on Tuesday, which was devastated by a terrorist bomb nearly a year ago.

Manager Alex Ferguson is planning to send a full strength squad to face local team Omagh Town.

The match is being played in aid of the Omagh Bomb Appeal Fund, which has been set up to ease the suffering of the injured and bereaved.

Many relatives and friends of the 29 victims who were killed in the Real IRA bomb attack on 15 August last year will be attending the match.


[ image: Andy Cole: Ace striker expected to line out in match]
Andy Cole: Ace striker expected to line out in match
Ace striker Andy Cole will be particularly welcomed, as he has already been in the town to meet a fan who was injured by the bomb.

Last week the Omagh team played host to Premiership contenders Chelsea and were beaten 8-0 in a goal rush by the London team.

No one will complain, however, if the treble winners from Manchester blast a similar amount or more past the home team as it will be one night in which the result will not be the issue.

Crowd capacity at the Julian's Road pitch has been increased to 7,000 following the erection of special seating at the ground.

Following the Manchester United fixture, the Omagh Town team face another Premiership giant on 3 September.

Liverpool will complete a dream pre-season series of friendlies for the County Tyrone club.



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