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Ibrox Remembrance

On 9th October 2010, AFC Liverpool welcomed a delegation of supporters from Scotland, representing Rangers Worldwide Assembly, to their Vodkat League Challenge Cup game against Runcorn Town.

The group had come to Liverpool to remember 8 year old Nigel Pickup, who was the youngest victim of the Ibrox Disaster, in which 66 people died on January 2nd 1971.

After a friendship was struck between the Rangers supporters and AFC Liverpool Company Secretary Tommy Hurst, the group were invited to the Runcorn Town game as guests of the club, along with around 20 members of the Pickup family.

Tommy explained : “I approached fellow supporters and board members and they arranged a collection and purchased an engraved silver salver to present to the delegation on the pitch at half time, to both the supporters and the Pickup family.

“A special AFC Liverpool ‘Nigel Pickup AFC Liverpool man of the match trophy’ was also arranged and this was picked and awarded to AFC’s Steve Jones by Nigel’s cousin Derek Pickup, who attended the game (pictured left).

A flag was custom made, remembering the victims of the Ibrox & Hillsborough disasters and this will be seen at all AFC Liverpool games around the Vodkat League.

“On the Sunday, a delegation of AFC Liverpool fans attended a memorial service for young Nigel at Yew Tree Cemetry, in the West Derby area of Liverpool, where a marble stone that had been paid for by Rangers supporters worldwide was unveiled.

“Lasting friendships were made over the course of the weekend between the fans and the Pickup family, and it was a very moving memorial service.  The club were proud to have played a small part in remembering young Nigel’s memory.”

“Sunday 2nd January 2011 sees the 40th anniversary of the Ibrox disaster and AFC Liverpool have been invited to attend the club memorial service at Ibrox.  We will be running a coach to Glasgow to show our respects.  Andy Kerr, representing Rangers FC in an official capacity, was appreciative of our show of support and the hospitality that the club showed our Scottish visitors.”

“He made the offer that should our members wish to take in a Rangers game, then he will arrange a block booking of tickets together for AFC Liverpool members.  We hope to make a trip up to Ibrox for a game sometime in the New Year. ”

The banner that will appear at AFC Liverpool home games is pictured below.

Photos courtesy of Dave Williams.


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