Kenny Dalglish: Football fans are ‘sorely missed’ a year on from Covid

Almost 12-months after the Covid-19 pandemic hit our shores, Celtic, Liverpool and Scotland legend Sir Kenny Dalglish says that fans are the heart and soul of the community.

Matthew Crist

Liverpool, Celtic and Scotland legend Sir Kenny Dalglish says that fans have been “sorely missed” almost a year since we last saw British football grounds full to capacity.

Aside from a handful of games in England, which were able to be played in front of limited numbers last December, football grounds across the country have been empty since the professional game was suspended on 13 March, 2020.

“The last year with little or no fans allowed into stadiums just shows they’ve been sorely missed,” Dalglish exclusively told FansBet.

“It doesn’t matter who you support, that team is the most important team to you and every football club loves their fans turning up.

“They are the heart and soul of the community while the role they play in day-to-day life is hugely important too.”

Dalglish, who was recently announced as FansBet’s new Giving Back Ambassador made 322 appearances for Celtic before moving to Liverpool, where he played 502 times for the Reds, finding the net 169 times.


He was also capped 102 times for his country and scored 30 goals, making him a Tartan Army favourite and one of the finest players ever to pull on the blue shirt of Scotland.

As a manager, Dalglish led Liverpool to three league titles between 1986 and 1990 before taking Blackburn to their only Premier League success to date in 1995.

“Back in the old days, if your team lost on a Saturday, the people going to work on a Monday were in a different frame of mind than what they would have been had they won.”

“Quite often people would do a better job if their team had won on a Saturday because they were in a better mood.

“The help that fans can offer these days with things like food banks and all the charitable orgniasations they work for is massive.

“So we should never underestimate the importance of fans in the community and never underestimate the role that fans play in the success of football clubs.”

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