FC BARCELONA v REAL BETIS
Estadio Camp Nou, Barcelona
Wednesday 30th December 7.30pm
UPDATED 30th DECEMBER
Media coverage of today's events...
We are proud to announce that Maureen O'Sullivan, TD from Dublin, who has been such a great supporter of this campaign, will join POC Fund representatives Fergus Dowd and Alan McLean at the Nou Camp in Barcelona on Wednesday evening.
Maureen writes "...I am delighted to be heading to Barcelona...as a long time supporter of the Patrick O'Connell cause. I was invited to attend the match between Barca and Real Betis where Patrick's great achievements will be honoured by the iconic club he saved during the Spanish Civil War. The football landscape throughout the world would be quite different today without the famous Barcelona and it is only fitting that this north inner-city Dublin native should be remembered for his work. What started as a group supporting a gravestone for Patrick who died desolate in London has now turned into a much bigger project to bring this forgotten man to life."
Our POC Fund representatives will be in Barcelona on Wednesday, 30th December for a ceremony to honour the name of former Barça manager Patrick O'Connell. Fergus Dowd and Alan McLean will be at the famous Nou Camp Stadium to meet Barça's President, Señor Bartomeau, and representatives of both clubs in an act which will finally see "Don Patricio's" name inducted into the FC Barcelona "Hall of Fame". Our group will then be guests at the match involving two of O'Connell's most famous former teams.
The event, which will take place in the stadium about an hour before kick-off, will see the presentation to FC Barça of an iconic painting of Patrick by the talented Manchester-based artist, Tony Denton, along with a print of a team photo of O'Connell as part of the 1914 Home Championship winning Ireland side. Both items will feature in the stadium and the club's famous museum.
The Barcelona v Real Betis match holds a great significance to our campaign. O'Connell achieved notoriety as the manager who helped save FC Barça during the difficult years of the Spanish Civil War by taking them on a foreign tour to raise the finances to save the club. Just a couple of years earlier in 1935 he was at Real Betis in Seville, famously guiding the team to their one and only La Liga title.
Both clubs have been tremendously supportive of our campaign and we would like to thank them for their continued involvement.