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The Preview: Cork City v Blues

Posted: Tue 08 Jul 2014
Author: Andy Walker

Cork City v Birmingham City

Image by: Craig Aldwinckle

Birmingham City's 2014/15 pre-season starts today with a fixture against Cork City at Turner's Cross Stadium (6.45pm kick-off).

Lee Clark's thoughts on the challenge Cork City will pose...

"They are having a good season and are joint top of their league having played Sligo Rovers on Sunday after their original fixture on Friday was cancelled due to the opposition playing in the Europa League. 

"Cork are are a very well known club so we are expecting a good test on Tuesday night."

Clark on his own plans for the fixture...

"My lads are using it as an extension of training. We’ll train on Tuesday morning and then, injuries permitting, we have 24 players here so hopefully I’ll be able to name two different outfield line-ups for each half so a maximum of 45 minutes each, numbers permitting." 

Cork City manager John Caulfield's thoughts...

"It is fantastic that Birmingham have chosen to spend a week of their pre-season here in Cork and we are fortunate to be able to give them a game this evening. Birmingham are a massive club, having won the League Cup as recently as 2011 when they beat Arsenal. They obviously have a Cork connection in Colin Doyle, who has been with them a long time and who has played a lot of games for them, along with another Irish keeper in Darren Randolph. They also have a strong Irish connection, with Gavin Gunning and Stephen Gleeson having signed for them in recent times, while Keith  Fahey, who is now back at St. Pat’s, was obviously part of that side that won the League Cup. 

"We have a number of players who have been knocking on the door of the starting eleven in recent weeks, and a number of them will get an opportunity to start a game this evening. Quite a few of those players have been very patient over the first half of the season, playing fifteen or twenty minutes here and there, and this game will give them the chance to start in a very competitive match which is what they need. 

"You can train all you want, but a competitive game against a team of Birmingham City’s quality is a great opportunity for them."

Five facts about Cork City....

 - With 12 wins, four draws and two defeats, Cork currently sit joint top of the SSE Airtricity League, second only to Dundalk on goal difference.
 - Cork are on an unbeaten run of eight games and have only lost two of their last 16 in all competitions.
 - Striker John O'Flynn is set to play back at Turner's Cross Stadium for the first time in six years having rejoined the club following spells in England with Barnet and Exeter City.
 - Manager John Caulfield took charge in March and is still the club's joint highest goalscorer of all-time following a 16-year playing career between 1986-2001. 
- Cork's home, Turner's Cross Stadium, is a 7, 485 all-seater owned by the Munster Football Association. 

Past meetings...

Blues met Cork at Turner's Cross Stadium on 16 July 2011 when an Adam Rooney's first-half strike secured a 1-0 win for Chris Hughton's side, who also used Fota Island Resort as their base on that occasion.

Admission...

Blues fans travelling over will be able to pay on the evening with tickets priced at €15 for adults, €10 for 13 to 18-year-olds and €5 for U13s and senior citizens.

Live coverage..

You'll be able to follow text updates from the game on the Blues Wall while local station Rebel Radio plan to stream audio live here

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