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Goulding Signs Nine In AFC Liverpool Swoop

AFC Liverpool manager Derek Goulding has signed nine players in an astonishing transfer swoop.

The news will be sure to excite fans just a week before our first ever game vs St Helens on 16th July.

The list of new signings includes two former Liverpool Reserves, and a close relative of bootroom legend Ronnie Moran.

Goalkeeper Paul Willis will be better known to Reds fans as a recent Liverpool Reserves keeper who won a man of the match award keeping Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at bay in a 2-0 away win against Manchester United’s reserve side.

Pacy winger Ryan Wignall is also a former Liverpool Reserve who spent ten years on Liverpool’s books. He is sure to excite crowds.

Ian Johnson, a former pro at Wigan Athletic, is another that catches the eye. His grandfather is none other than Anfield bootroom legend Ronnie Moran, so we can expect to see the great man himself at AFC Liverpool matches in the near future.

Goulding said: “I am happy that we have signed such a large collection of quality players to the club. I expect to be adding to these signings later in the week. I am still working with lads from the initial trials and so I’m hoping to sign some of those before the week is out too.”

Tickets are still available for the game against St Helens Town on Wed 16th July, from News from Nowhere Bookstore, Bold Street, Liverrpool (£5 adults, £3 children). For full details click here.

Below is a full list of AFC Liverpool’s first ever signings, with pen pictures.

Andy Barlow

Released by Manchester City at 16 and joined Derek’s successful youth team at Burscough were he progressed to the first team. Has also played for Witton Albion and Bradford Park Avenue, both major players on the non league scene. A strong, powerful attacking full back.

Martin Crowder

Spent 4 years at Everton before moving on to Burscough, Colwyn Bay and Bamber Bridge. A naturally gifted player who can fill a number of positions.

James Dever

Progressed through local football at Halewood Town before moving on to Marine and Prescot Cables. A 100% committed defender and midfield player. The “Carra” of the team.

Dave Eaton

Released by Everton after 4 years. Joined Macclesfield scoring five goals during his spell there in League Two. Also played for Witton, Stafford Rangers, and Burscough. A very creative hard working striker with football league experience.

Ian Johnson

Ex young pro at Wigan Athletic who has also played at Southport, Marine, and Burscough where his career was curtailed by a cruciate injury. Now fully recovered and eager to duplicate his excellent performances at Burscough prior to his injury. Grandson of Liverpool legend Ronnie Moran.

Terry McCormick

Spent 4 years at Tranmere Rovers as a youngster, then moved to Marine, Congleton, Skelmersdale, and more recently Bamber Bridge.

Paul Lamb

Was initially at Everton, then made his mark in local football playing for Halewood Town. Moved on to play for Clitheroe, and Formby where last season he was Formby’s leading goalscorer playing in the league above us. A skillfull pacy striker with a genuine eye for goal.

Ryan Wignall

Spent ten years at Liverpool Football Club, reaching the reserves side. Other local clubs include Vauxhall Motors and Prescot Cables. A pacy 19yo wide player with an exciting future in the game.

Paul Willis

After four years at Liverpool Football Club, including some impressive reserve team displays, Paul was loaned out to Stockport County where injury put a hold on his career. Now fully fit and looking to kickstart his very promising career. Paul was a former Northern Ireland Under 21 international.

To watch these players in action:

Next game is all ticket match against St Helens on Wed 16th July. Match tickets are available from News From Nowhere in Bold Street, Liverpool. Coach tickets also available but selling fast.

Coach tickets to the “pay at the gate” friendly in tribute to Joe Fagan vs Nelson on Sat 19th July (3pm) are also on sale at News From Nowhere.

Full ticket details here.


Posted by:  karlos         Date:  July 8, 2008         Popularity:  9,864 views

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