Bruce Grobbelaar in Thurles for Champions League Final

Bruce Grobbelaar in Thurles for Champions League Final
by: Noel Dundon @nd@tipperarystar.ie @Tippstar

Legendary Liverpool football goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar will be in Thurles on Saturday next for the Champions League Final with a real opportunity for fans to meet a true hero of the game.

Taffy's Bar, Parnell Street will be the venue for the event which is a fundraiser for the Walton Trauma Unit in Liverpool where Irishman Sean Cox is currently being treated having been set upon by Roma fans at the Championship League semi-final a few weeks ago.

Brucie - an iconic figure in goals for Liverpool during one of their most successful eras will be in Taffy's from 6:00pm - well in time for a Champions League warm-up - the game will be featured on TV and there is certain to be a tremendous atmosphere in the venue before, during and after.

Bruce is bringing a replica of the Champions League Trophy with him for the occasion and there will be match previews, half time analysis and a questions and answers session after the final whistle. Fans can have their photo taken with Grobbelaar during a meet and greet for €5 and this money will go towards the fund as well.

There will also be a draw for a signed 'Candy' goalies Liverpool jersey from the 1980's and again all proceeds will be going towards the fund.

Entry to the event is by ticket only and all tickets can be purchased at the bar for €15. There will also be drinks promotions on the night and with Liverpool hoping to turn over Real Madrid in the final, which is being held in Kiev, Taffy's Bar is the place to be for all local Liverpool supporters.

A Zimbabewe international, Bruce played for Liverpool from 1981 - 1994 and is remembered for his gymnastic-like athletic ability, unflappable confidence and eccentric and flamboyant style of play.

He served in the Rhodesian Army before he joined the Vancouver Whitecaps of the North American Soccer League in 1979. Bruce gained Liverpool's attention during a loan spell at Crewe Alexandra during the 1979–80 season, and signed for the Merseyside club in 1981. Making 628 appearances for Liverpool over the next 13 years, including 440 in the League, he won the League championship with the club six times, as well as three FA Cups, three League Cups and the 1983–84 European Cup.

Grobbelaar left Liverpool for Southampton in 1994, transferred to Plymouth Argyle two years later, and thereafter played for an assortment of English lower-league teams, never for more than a few games.

Grobbelaar, also known as "Brucie", is still a firm favourite amongst the Anfield faithful, and was voted as No. 17 in a poll 100 Players Who Shook The Kop conducted in mid-2006 by the official Liverpool Football Club website. Over 110,000 worldwide voted for their best 10 players in the Anfield club's history, with Grobbelaar finishing 2nd in the goalkeeping stakes. And, it is no wonder as he held the top position for so long having taken over from firm favourite, former England international Ray Clemence, who later moved for Tottenham Hotspur.

So why not get along to Taffy's Bar on Saturday evening and meet the great Bruce Grobellaar - a unique opportunity indeed.