Sunday league footballers win Barclays match at Anfield

Braintree and Witham Times: Sunday league footballers win Barclays match at Anfield Sunday league footballers win Barclays match at Anfield

An amateur football club got a taste of the Premier league by winning 5-4 on penalties in a one-off game at Anfield.

Crittalls FC, of Clockhouse Way, were cheered on from the touchline by their terminally ill manager Andy Livermore who inspired the boys to enter the Barclays competition.

The team was also accompanied by Liverpool ace John Aldridge and walked out from the home changing rooms to Never Walk Alone.

Manager Andy, 55, was diagnosed with cancer in January and Crittalls player Jake Gilder entered the Facebook competition for a chance to play in his honour.

Andy’s daughter Jo Livermore said: “It was such a tremendous boost at what is a difficult time and it was a truly fitting way to mark dad’s love and deidcation to the sport and Crittalls FC.

“There were a few tears from us watching from the director’s box.

“Dad was in his element and at one time I think John Aldridge asked him whether he wanted any help with team tactics, to which dad declined!”

Crittalls FC captain Jon Read said: “It was really, really pleasing to get the chance to play and take Andy’s mind of things.

“When he’s on his own he can think the worst but the whole day he didn’t take his focus off wanting to win the game.”

The team was tied 1-1 with Staffordshire's Hawkins FC at full time but Crittalls scored 5 penalties to secure a victory for their manager of 28 years.

Daughter Jo paid tribute to local businesses Frank Howard Tools and Fixings, Matika, Dewalt and Stephenson Harwood who helped fund the trip.

 

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