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Archbishop Nichols reveals his sporting hero

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Photo: Former Liverpool player and manager Kenny Dalglish in action during a charity match
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Archbishop Vincent Nichols has named his sporting hero. In the December issue of the Oremus, the Westminster Cathedral magazine, he writes of his lifelong love of Liverpool FC.

He recalls watching the Heysel Stadium Disaster with horror on television while in Hungary and attending Mass after the events at Hillsborough. He writes:

One player in particular showed his true Anfield spirit during that time. Kenny Dalglish, a player at Heysel and the manager at Hillsborough, spent endless hours in the months after Hillsborough talking with those caught up in the tragedy. He personally attended as many of the 90 funeral services as was humanly possible. For me, he will always be one of Liverpool FC’s finest.

In his recent Tablet interview, the Archbishop of Westminster insisted that Liverpool’s beleaguered manager, Rafael Benítez, should not be sacked.

Written by Luke Coppen

December 2, 2009 at 3:21 pm

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