Liverpool comes to Mitchell’s Plain

2016-05-17 06:00
Some of the club members at a recent game.

Some of the club members at a recent game.

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Mitchell’s Plain has been put on the soccer map as a local supporters’ club based in Westridge gets international recognition.

The Liverpool Supporters’ Club Cape Town North received their official status as a registered and recognised supporters’ club of the famous soccer club in February this year.

The club’s official home turf is at Premium Sports Bar in Westridge.

To date the club has hundreds of members from across Cape Town.

Neil Ruiters, chairperson of the club, says registering was important to them.

“There are many fans in the area that wanted to belong to Liverpool and go beyond just supporting the soccer club,” says Ruiters.

William Goliath, bar owner and additional member of the committee, says they will soon have a live online application form to become part of the club.

Goliath says interested parties can also request application forms via Facebook or come to the pub on game days.

“Game days are full and we invite other supporters clubs to come watch the games when we play each other,” says Goliath.

But beyond the rivalry on the field, Earl Pentolfe, member responsible for the disciplinary board, says they have no rivalry among each other as supporters.

“We make sure there is no fighting and the code of conduct is upheld. If anyone gets out of line, they will be asked to leave,” says Pentolfe.

“We had visitors from the UK and Scotland and they were amazed. They said this was unheard of in England. Supporters don’t get along.”

In October, the club will become the Liverpool Supporters’ Club Cape Town, as an application from another Cape group was unsuccessful, making them the only official one on Liverpool records.

Recently all supporters’ clubs got together to host a tournament of their own.

The new club, in its infancy, took home the winning trophy and another, naming them the best supporters’ club for the day.

“We are all friends and we all support different teams for different reasons, but we respect that. When we get together, there is unity among rivals,” says Ruiters.

Some of the benefits have been meet-and-greets with some of the players and access to the official supporters’ stands at Anfield Stadium.

But the group have bigger hearts than just that which beat for club soccer.

This year the fan club linked up with Ithemba Labantwana in Khayelitsha and will continue to assist them in various aspects.

Pentolfe says moving forward they hope to brand the name across Cape Town and also continue with their CSI initiatives.

The Club will host an open day and official launch on Friday 1 July. For more information visit their Facebook page: Liverpool Supporters Club Cape Town North.


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