Football: FAMILY TREE

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The Independent Online
Paul Dalglish has emulated the likes of Nigel Clough and Kevin Bond by joining the club his father manages. But Kenny's decision to sign his 20-year-old son for Newcastle was a moment for both joy and sadness in the Dalglish household.

It ended - for the moment, at least - the possibility of son following father into the Liverpool first team. "It was heartbreaking to leave Anfield," Dalglish Jnr confessed. "I've supported Liverpool all my life."

But this is not a straightforward story of indulgent father looking after progeny's career. For a start, Paul has not even needed to visit St James' Park - and will not for the foreseeable future.

Frustrated at Paul's failure to make a breakthrough at Anfield a year after moving from Celtic, Kenny made him a Newcastle player in order to send him on loan to First Division Bury, for whom he made his second appearance on Saturday. "It was right for me to move on," Paul said. "I was playing alongside senior players in the reserves but I was never going to get my chance."

Compared with the arenas in which his father found fame, Gigg Lane represents a humble stage. But it is good enough for Paul.

"I want to do as well as I can off my own bat," he said. "If that means playing for Bury or even dropping into non-League football, as long as I can look back on my career and say I've done my best, I will be happy."

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