From Pitch Invasion:
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.
They have a website too, and Tom Dunmore from PI has talked to the man behind the venture, so you should definitely visit the article linked above and read about the details.
It’s a worthy venture, I’m sure, and Liverpool fans should be commended on making the effort to reclaim the spirit of their club that they feel is slipping away from them as Gillett and Hicks look to tighten their control over Liverpool FC. Some uncharitable fans might point and laugh (because the ‘Buy Liverpool Out’ plan looks to have lost steam and setting up an ‘alternative’ club is so cliched) but honestly, you can’t fault the fans expressing their rising feelings of distrust for the new owners in this way.
What I’m more interested in though, is this:
Liverpool last won the league title in 1990. They’re not going to win it this year (even miracles have their limits), and at the moment they face a close battle for 4th place with Everton and co. That’s 18 years without a league title.
On the other hand, if AFC Liverpool were to start, they’d take at least a decade to get to the Conference, or something close to that (assuming that they win everything). Let’s also assume that the fans pump money into the club (heck, DIC pumps money into the club) and that in 18 years, AFC Liverpool are in the Premier League (or whatever they’ll be calling it then).
So who will win the Premier League first – Liverpool FC, who haven’t won for 18 years (and with the competition getting fierce and Klinsmann off to Bayern Munich, the prospects look dicey for the near future) or AFC Liverpool, who might get DIC behind them and as a result could build on the momentum and storm into the Premier League in 2 decades?
Any takers for a DIC-backed AFC Liverpool?