Ormskirk West End Football club have gained a new supporter in the recently appointed Anglican Bishop of Liverpool, Paul Bayes.
Bishop Paul was questioned about what football team he would support during his new role and replied that after a spot of internet research he had settled on Ormskirk West End FC Under 8’s team.
Bishop Paul said:“I understand that there are a few football clubs here in Liverpool but I think I’m going to be supporting someone else.
“I looked on the internet for a club in the area that played with blue and red on their shirts and found Ormskirk West End Under 8’s youth team and I think I’m going to be supporting them.”
The Bishop is expected to visit the club once he has settled into his post and will hopefully be able to cheer them on at one of their upcoming fixtures.
Paul Gaskell, vice chairman of Ormskirk West End football club, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be chosen as the bishop’s team, I know he is keen to get involved in the community and anything he can do to support our efforts is welcome.
“We’re looking to develop our squad and reach out to the local community and I’m sure this is something the bishop will help us with.
“We look forward to inviting him to the club to watch a game and to meet all of the teams properly once he is in post.
“Hopefully his support will give the players some divine inspiration on the pitch.”
Bishop Paul, whose appointment was announced by 10 Downing Street, was ordained in 1979 and served as curate in Whitley Bay, Tyneside, before moving to London as a University chaplain.
He was national co-chair of Christian Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and he was heavily involved in what was then called the Ecology Party, now the Greens.
He is married to wife Kate and has three children, Honour, Sam and Philippa.