High Hopes for AFC Liverpool

In this interview (originally published on A Liverpool Thing) with their new chairman Chris Stirrup, Paul Grech asks a few questions about AFC Liverpool’s progress after a couple of seasons, including the $64,000 question of whether the club has become to close to the club that it was supposed to formed as a reaction to. It was a tough first season both on and off the pitch. Let’s start from the playing aspect: were you happy with how the team did? People were expecting a promotion from the start. Last year we had high expectations. We started the season well and probably thought that promotion was certain. Come the winter when pitches where not the best we didn’t adapt well to the conditions. This season we are now better prepared for the challenge ahead. Off the pitch, was it harder than expected? The Steering Group learnt very quickly how difficult it was. Nobody then thought it was going to be an easy ride. I don’t think anybody realized just how much work is involved in running a club even at this level. We were all surprised at what’s involved and how many hours are needed to be put in. Midway through the season Alun Parry, who basically started the whole idea, resigned. How hard was that to take? Alun’s leaving the club coincided with maybe the most turbulent time...

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