Reds to host Kewell and Victory in 'friendly'

The South Australian sporting public will be some of the first to have the chance to see Australian football icon Harry Kewell in action when the Reds face Melbourne Victory in an unofficial trial match at Hindmarsh Stadium on September 23.

The South Australian sporting public will be some of the first to have the chance to see Australian football icon Harry Kewell in action following his signing to Melbourne Victory, when the Reds face their eastern border rivals in an unofficial trial match at Hindmarsh Stadium on Friday 23 September 2011.

Arguably Australian football-s most recognised pinup of the past decade, Kewell-s confirmed move to Melbourne means that one of, if not the biggest, name to play in the Hyundai A-League is likely to play in Adelaide twice in four weeks, with Adelaide United to host the Victory on September 23 before meeting them again in Week 2 of the season on October 14.

Following discussions between the two clubs, Adelaide United Chairman Greg Griffin revealed that Melbourne Victory Managing Director Richard Wilson has confirmed that everything going to plan, Kewell would line up in the September hit out.

“We are absolutely delighted to announce that Harry Kewell will be at Hindmarsh Stadium on September 23 playing for Melbourne Victory,” Griffin said.

“The rivalry between Adelaide United and Melbourne Victory is one of the most passionate in the Hyundai A-League, and with Harry (Kewell) set to be here for the match, it is a rare and special opportunity for the South Australian sporting public to come and see one of the biggest names in Australian sport, let alone Australian football.”

“Melbourne Victory and the club-s Managing Director Richard Wilson have assured us that they will be fielding a strong line up for the game, and with it being one of the final opportunities for both clubs to have a competitive hit out before the start of the season, it is certain to be anything but a friendly.”

Further to the Kewell drawcard, the match will provide Reds fans with one last chance to see their team in action before the kick-off to the season proper. There may not be three points at stake, but the September 23 clash promises to be yet another highly charged contest between the two Hyundai A-League foes.

Tickets for the match against the Victory start at just $16 pre-purchase for adults and go on sale to the general public from 9am tomorrow (Wednesday 7 September 2011) through Ticketek (call 132 849, online at www.ticketek.com.au).

In addition, all Adelaide United members will receive free entry (1 x general admission ticket) to the trial game against Melbourne Victory and also the pre season encounter against Gold Coast United on September 9.

Adelaide United memberships are available at the Club Store (4A Manton Street, Hindmarsh) or click here for further details.

Adelaide United season tickets are available through Ticketek (call 1300 100 336, online at premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=ALEAGUE11).

Trial Match Details - Adelaide United FC v Melbourne Victory Friday 23 September 2011 Hindmarsh Stadium Kick-Off 7.30pm ACST (Gates Open 6.00pm)

Tickets go on sale to the general public from 9am Wednesday 7 September 2011 through Ticketek (call 132 849, online at premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=AUFCFRND11) or from any Ticketek outlet)

Ticket Prices - Pre Sale* Adult - Red $16, Gold $22 Concession - Red $11, Gold $17 Children under 15 years - Red $6, Gold $12 Family (2 adults & 2 children) - Red $38, Gold $56 * Plus Ticketek transaction fees

Ticket Prices - Gate Adult - Red $19, Gold $25 Concession - Red $14, Gold $20 Children under 15 years - Red $9, Gold $15 Family (2 adults & 2 children) - Red $47, Gold $65

* Adelaide United 2011/12 members receive FREE entry *