National press reveal Gerrard denied golf club membership

Martyn Clapham
By Martyn Clapham March 15, 2016 11:54

A prestigious Merseyside golf club reportedly refused former England football captain Steven Gerrard membership because of his reputation off the pitch.

According to The Sun and MailOnline, Gerrard applied to join Hillside Golf Club in Southport, and was nominated and seconded by TV football pundit Alan Hansen and former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish, who are both members.

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Steven Gerrard. Flickr / WBUR Boston’s NPR News Station

However, the club refused his application for fear he would bring ‘shame’ to their good name, according to The Sun. The paper added that this was because of 2013 footage of Gerrard allegedly being involved in a street brawl, despite being earlier acquitted of any crimes.

A source said: “They are worried he’ll damage their reputation. Apparently they viewed the footage and decided he couldn’t play.”

The source also said that Kenny Dalglish – who had never recommended a friend before – was ‘fuming’ after Gerrard was refused.

MailOnline spoke to the club, which said it does not comment on applications to respect the privacy of people who apply for membership.

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Hillside Golf Club

Hillside Golf Club is in an area described as ‘England’s Golf Coast’ – standing between Royal Birkdale and the Southport & Ainsdale golf clubs. The links course has hosted the qualifying rounds for the Open Championships and several major events such as the PGA Championship. It is currently rated as the 45th best golf course in the United Kingdom by, which calls it the ‘best of the non-royal commoners … an underrated gem’.

Gerrard is a keen golfer. He once said: “I find it helps me to get on to a golf course for four hours, and don’t talk or think about football.

“I spend half my time looking in the trees for my ball, but at least I am not thinking about football.”


Martyn Clapham
By Martyn Clapham March 15, 2016 11:54
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