Reds to un­veil Dal­glish Stand

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LIVER­POOL will of­fi­cially un­veil the newly named Kenny Dal­glish Stand at their match with fierce ri­vals Manch­ester United next week, the club said on Fri­day. The Pre­mier League gi­ants an­nounced that An­field’s Cen­te­nary Stand would be re­named the Kenny Dal­glish Stand ear­lier this year to com­mem­o­rate the player’s con­tri­bu­tion to the club both on and off the field.

Dal­glish (66) won mul­ti­ple league ti­tles and three Euro­pean Cups dur­ing a glit­ter­ing 13-year stint as a player and in two man­age­rial tenures.

A spe­cial mo­saic will be re­vealed across the stand and the Kop ahead of kick-off on Oc­to­ber 14 and the match­day pro­gramme will fea­ture a cover ded­i­cated to the for­mer player and man­ager.

“It is tes­ta­ment to Liver­pool’s his­tory and sta­tus that we are not lack­ing in truly great in­di­vid­u­als, whose names could eas­ily grace a stand at An­field,” prin­ci­pal owner John W. Henry said ear­lier this year.

“But in Kenny Dal­glish we have a per­son who car­ries such im­mense sig­nif­i­cance to the fab­ric of this club, so it feels some­what in­cum­bent on us to recog­nise this in a man­ner that is be­fit­ting to the man.”

As well as his role in Liver­pool’s golden era in the 1970s and 1980s, Dal­glish also re­ceived plau­dits for sup­port­ing vic­tims’ fam­i­lies af­ter 96 fans died in the 1989 Hills­bor­ough sta­dium dis­as­ter.

An­field has two sets of gates ded­i­cated to for­mer man­agers -- the (Bill) Shankly Gates and (Bob) Pais­ley Gates -- but none of its stands cur­rently car­ries the name of an in­di­vid­ual.

The Kenny Dal­glish Stand sits across the pitch from An­field’s gi­ant Main Stand, which was re­opened last year af­ter work to in­crease its ca­pac­ity by 8 500 seats. — AFP

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