Fagan Tribute Walk starts Nelsons’ fundraising effort

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The Joe Fagan Tribute Walk starts tomorrow.

The walk - between Anfield and Nelson - is a 63-mile fundraiser, as the Admirals aim to build a new stand at Victoria Park in honour of their former player-manager, who went on to become a Liverpool legend.

The club are keen to improve their current facilities to allow the Blues to move up the non-league pyramid should the opportunity arise, and to offer more to the local community and raise engagement at the stadium.

Nelson and Liverpool will be represented by eight walkers each, with supporters, families, friends, sponsors and guests walking the open legs from Anfield to Goodison Park tonight, and from Nelson town centre to Victoria Park tomorrow lunchtime in time for kick-off against Alsager Town.

Guests on the walk include former Bolton midfielder Tony Kelly, ex-Liverpool and Preston striker Neil Mellor, non league journeyman Paul Lodge - once with Everton, Accrington Stanley legend Paul Mullin, former Burnley and Sheffield United man Jamie Hoyland and Mark Maddox, the former Altrincham defender, whose inspirational fight against Motor Neurone Disease has inspired many nvolved in football.

There will then be a Joe Fagan Dinner on Wednesday at the Maida Restaurant, Blackburn, with some outstanding auction and raffle prizes.

Meanwhile, the Nelson Street League began on Saturday, providing organised 5-a-side competition aimed at young people within the community for juniors (12-14) and adults (15+).

It is a three-week competition where people can enter a team with their friends.

Winning teams will get a trophy and prizes, plus there could be trials available for any players that really impress.

The street league will continue tomorrow and December 20th, juniors from 10 a.m. to noon, and adults from noon to 2 p.m.

If successful, from January, the club want to make it a permanent fixture, running eight-week leagues throughout the year.

Chief executive Adam Keizer said: “It’s a chance for any young footballers in Nelson to show us what they can do.

“I’m often told there’s good players out there on the football courts so we’ve set up the Nelson Street League to see who’s the best in town.

“Its part of our new ‘Football In Community’ project which aims to promote sport and health within the Nelson community, and the Street League is an especially exciting initiative for myself personally, having grown up playing football on the streets around town, and on the Netherfield Road football court 20 years ago.”

For more details, e-mail adam@nelsonfc.com