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Liverpool’s Paul Smith Loses His Fight Against C-19

It is with great sadness that the FSOA learned over the passing of Paul Smith over the weekend, due to Covid-19. He worked in the Corporate Areas of Anfield on matchdays.

Paul, described as “legendary”, was a professional and much-regarded member of staff among players, colleagues and supporters at Anfield and among the tributes was one from Jurgen Klopp himself.

There were also a number of tributes including video messages from former captain and current Rangers Manager, Steven Gerrard as well as Sky Sports pundit and former Liverpool player Jamie Carragher.

Ken Lewis, Safety Officer at Warrington Wolves RLFC worked with Paul for many years during their tenures at Anfield told me,

 “I’ve known him for some 20 years, I did the Steward’s Training for him, he was everything you wanted in a Steward.  He was always pleasant, welcoming, friendly and helpful. He had a quick wit and was always ready to engage colleagues and fans alike which made him popular with everyone.  He will be sadly, sadly missed”.

His colleague, Paul Kelly, a Head Steward at Liverpool, who was the 56-year-old’s best friend said “Paul will be sadly missed, it’s shocking and nobody can get over it. He only lives two minutes from me, and my front now has so many flags in his memory. Paul was an amazing guy, you couldn’t ask for a better mate. He was a massive family man and there for everyone.”

 

Paul’s story was in the Liverpool Echo on the following link

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/steven-gerrard-jamie-carraghers-poignant-18153821

The FSOA sends its condolences to Paul’s family and friends at this very sad time.

Please R.I.P. Paul Smith

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