CORK’S Brian Barry-Murphy and his Rochdale side are relishing the chance to play against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
There will be Leeside interest apart from the manager, through Eoghan O’Connell along with former Cork City players Jimmy Keohane and Stephen Dooley.
“It’s a huge honour to take the club into that stadium in a fixture that everybody has been looking forward to since the draw was made,” said the Rochdale boss.
“It’s humbling, really, to think of all the managers who have managed Rochdale before and the years the people of Rochdale have waited to go to a stadium like this.
“I think it is going to be a great occasion for everyone.
“I think the club deserves it, I think the people supporting the club for the years of loyalty and the way the club has conducted its business.
“The way the club has always tried to promote our young players and couple them with established players.
“I think that combination has been very nourishing for the club. I think it is important that the lads get their day in the sun and enjoy that occasion because it is going to be very unique to us.”
Barry-Murphy has been in the hot seat at Rochdale since March after taking over from Keith Hill.
Initially appointed on a caretaker basis, the Corkonian, a Rochdale player from 2010 to 2018, oversaw an upturn in form under his guidance.
That helped the club beat the League One drop by four points and secured Barry-Murphy his first permanent position in management.