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7 Elite Academy UK’s Billy Vaughan is match official in the LFC Legends game at Anfield.

7 Elite Academy coach Billy Vaughan stepped onto the hallowed turf to officiate the LFC Legends football game against Ajax. Billy oversees the 7 Elite Academy UK Foundation phase and Pre-academy.

With a career that has seen him referee in the EFL, Vaughan brought his expertise and passion for the game to one of the most iconic stadiums in football history. Surrounded by the echoes of nearly 60,000 fans, it was a moment he would never forget.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MARCH 23: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Liverpool legends and Ajax legends line up before the LFC Foundation charity match between Liverpool FC Legends and AFC Ajax Legends at Anfield on March 23, 2024 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images) (Photo by Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

The line-ups for the match featured an array of footballing legends. On one side, Liverpool icons such as Jerzy Dudek, Steven Gerrard, and Fernando Torres stood ready to take on the challenge. Across from them were Ajax greats including Edgar Davids, Rafael van der Vaart, and Nigel de Jong, among others. It was a clash of titans, a spectacle that promised excitement and nostalgia in equal measure.

Reflecting on the experience, Vaughan remarked, “As a lifelong LFC fan, it was an unbelievable experience to officiate a game at Anfield, not to mention with some of the players I grew up watching.” For Vaughan, who has dedicated himself to developing young talent through 7 Elite Academy, this opportunity was truly special.

The match itself did not disappoint. With skilful displays, dramatic moments, and flashes of brilliance from both sides, it captured the essence of what makes football such a beloved sport around the world.

In the end, the LFC Legends emerged victorious. It was a day filled with passion, camaraderie, and a shared love for the game. And for one dedicated coach from 7 Elite Academy, it was a day that will forever hold a special place in his heart.


Kelly Forshaw