Like Manchester United and Wimbledon fans before them with FC United of Manchester and AFC Wimbledon, Liverpool supporters aim to start their own grassroots supporter-run club, AFC Liverpool, in non-League football.
The AFC Liverpool website explains the venture:
As yet it is just an idea but YOU can make it a reality. The plan is to create a new independent football club owned by Liverpool fans and run by Liverpool fans. It will be an Industrial & Provident Society where everyone can buy into it and get an equal vote. A genuine grassroots, not for profit football club.
Judging from this forum, this is an idea that emerged a few days ago, hot on the heels of the protests against the American owners Tom Hicks and George Gillet, and following Rogin Taylor’s Share Liverpool FC supporter-ownership plan.
I have contacted those behind the site, and will update this page if and when I get more details for you. Any thoughts on whether this is the right move?
Update: Ian from 200% has suggested elsewhere that AFC Liverpool could prospectively groundshare with Marine F.C., who play in Crosby, Merseyside. Their ground, Rossett Park (actually, now the Arriva Stadium for sponsorship reasons), has a capacity of 2,800 that would be an excellent starter for AFC Liverpool. Their ground is quite unique, a brilliant reminder of the unique nature of non-League football and a far cry from the billion dollar plan for a new Anfield, as this picture shows: it’s hemmed on one side by houses literally on the side of the pitch.
Update, 13/2/07: Pitch Invasion interviewed Alun Parry, the man behind this idea, earlier today. Click here to read it.