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As of: 27/12/08 19:00

King Kenny Gives Royal Seal Of Approval

AFC Liverpool have received the thumbs up from managers past and present as Rafa Benitez and Kenny Dalglish have lined up to back the fledgling club.

Kop favourite Dalglish sent a personal email to AFC Liverpool Chair Alun Parry to support the venture which is aimed at keeping those priced out of Premier League football within the Liverpool family.

The LFC legend said:

“I would just like to congratulate you and everyone involved with AFC Liverpool. It is a brilliant idea and I hope that it is a success for you all.

You can’t always judge your success with results on the pitch. Your greatest success could be bringing a part of Liverpool FC to many people’s lives. All the very best!”

Current Reds boss Rafa Benitez has also given AFC Liverpool his approval in an interview with LFC TV.

Commenting on the new non-league club for Liverpool fans he said:

“I’m pleased with the idea. I think that with more people closer to our club, it’s good. My message is just to wish them all the best, to score lots of goals and progress to another level. It will be fantastic for us.”

Club founder and Chair Alun Parry said:

“I am delighted that Kenny and Rafa are so supportive of AFC Liverpool. We really appreciate their backing and hope that their support encourages Liverpool fans to get behind both clubs.

We are currently seeking shirt sponsorship so having Kenny and Rafa on board will be a big help.”

AFC Liverpool have already opened their trophy account by beating Nelson FC at the weekend in a game honouring the 50th anniversary of Joe Fagan’s arrival as a coach at Anfield.

Their next game is away against leading Merseyside non league outfit Marine at the Arriva Stadium in Crosby on Tuesday 22nd July, followed by a visit to Formby FC on Saturday 26th.

The new club will be playing all home games at Prescot Cables’ Valerie Park ground, starting on 9th August with a league game against Darwen FC.

Season tickets are available now from the club. Adults £70, Pensioners £25, Under 18s are £15.

(July 22, 2008)