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It was all hands on deck last week as the FireWorks team welcomed the opportunity to work with ‘Liverpool Legends’ Ian Rush and Robbie Fowler and also the wonderful Vinnie Jones ( English actor and former professional footballer) . All were in town in support of Warrior Football – the official suppliers of gear for the Liverpool Football team. 


Media Release – for immediate release

July 2013

Esteemed Liverpool FC (LFC) Legends, strikers Ian Rush and Robbie Fowler, are coming to Melbourne as part of the Liverpool FC versus Melbourne Victory match on Wednesday 24th July.  In line with the club’s ongoing commitment to junior development, Ian and Robbie will be hosting a ‘strikers and skills’ clinic at South Melbourne FC (SMFC) on Tuesday 23rd July, sharing their experiences an

d mentoring the SMFC Under 16 team and selected academy level players at their Albert Park home ground.

A unique opportunity for these young, talented players, Ian and Robbie will be showing why they are both regarded as legends of the world game, showcasing their striking skills whilst talking to the lucky participants about the future of their own soccer careers; no doubt an inspiration for any junior aspiring to play at the highest level.

Welsh born Ian Rush is no stranger to Australia, having spent some time at Sydney Olympic in 2000.  A LFC player from 1980-1987 and 1988-1996, Ian is the club’s all-time leading goal scorer, netting 346 over the course of his career. Inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2006, Ian has been working as a Soccer Schools Ambassador with the club since 2010.  Junior development is his passion and our brightest youngsters will have the benefit of his interest and expertise.

Born in Liverpool, Robbie Fowler holds the title of fourth highest goal scorer in the history of the Premier League, was capped for England 26 times and signed with LFC as a youth team player in 1991 before becoming a professional in 1992.  Robbie will be perfectly positioned to share his story with the juniors, given his start as a sixteen year old.  Voted the PFA Player of the Year in 1995 and 1996, Robbie is still actively engaged with football as a media commentator and has spent time in Australia playing with North Queensland Fury and Perth Glory.

LFC sponsor Warrior Football has partnered with one of the world’s most famous clubs – the Reds – to bring some of their past and present players to town to play our own local heroes.  Why Melbourne?  “Our sense is that it is the sporting capital of the Southern Hemisphere,” said LFC Sales Director Olly Dale, at their launch Australian press conference.  High praise indeed.

In keeping with Melbourne’s sporting capital status, Ian and Robbie will be welcomed to one of Australia’s most successful soccer clubs, SMFC, with open arms and their presence will be long felt by the young players who will benefit from this once-in-a-lifetime clinic.