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Ebbsfleet name stand in honour of loyal boss Liam Daish

Blue Square Bet Premier side Ebbsfleet United have shown their gratitude to long-serving manager Liam Daish by announcing they will name a stand at their Stonebridge Road ground in his honour.

The former Republic of Ireland international took over the reins at the Kent club in February 2005, and since has gone on to become the Fleet’s longest serving manager.

Fans will now become familiar with the Liam Daish Stand acting as the replacement for the previously named Stonebridge Road terrace.

“Liam's record deserves to be honoured,” Fleet chairman Jessica McQueen told the club website.

Produced winning sides

“Working with small budgets, Liam has produced winning sides, brought outstanding players to the club and produced great youngsters.”

During Daish’s tenure, Ebbsfleet have won promotion to the Blue Square Premier via the playoffs, and four years ago the Fleet became the first team in Kent to lift the FA Trophy.

McQueen added: “A lot of people will think that winning the FA Trophy with the Fleet at Wembley in 2008 has been Liam's biggest achievement with the club, but our fans know that is just one of the highlights of his tenure.”

The former Birmingham City and Coventry defender has extended his stay at Stonebridge Road by signing a new two-year deal.

McQueen believes that with Daish at the helm, Ebbsfleet can continue to progress in the right direction.

She concluded: “He has just signed a two-year contract to demonstrate his commitment to the club and that alone will help us attract quality players and be able to build for the future.”

By Daniel Ludlam

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