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Crate day for Killie as Ajax mark best.

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AJAX have presented East Kilbride with 27 crates of beer after the Scottish Lowland League team surpassed the Dutch club's world record for consecutive wins.

East Kilbride last week equalled the 26-match winning streak of the Dutch club's great team featuring the likes of Johan Cruyff and Johan Neeskens, who set the total on their way to winning the 1972 European Cup.

And a representative from Ajax TV, Rudolph Hulsenbeck, was on hand at K-Park as East Kilbride beat BSC Glasgow 3-1 to take them to the magic mark.

He presented the squad with the beers after the game and showed them a congratulatory video message from former Ajax and Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar from the back of his truck as well as handing over a signed shirt.

A post on the official EK Twitter account read: "Many thanks to AFC Ajax and Edwin van der Sar for the message of congratulations and the 27 crates of beer! Touch of class."

East Kilbride reached the fifth round of the William Hill Scottish Cup last season before losing 2-0 to Celtic., and stiker Sean Winter said it played a huge part in the record.

Winter said: "This whole story is unbelievable and I can't quite get my head around it.

"I think a big part of it has been Ajax getting involved and for them to come over is unreal.

"A legend of the game like van der Sar mentioning East Kilbride - a wee town that he's probably never heard of - is incredible.

"But if we didn't have the Celtic game we wouldn't be in this situation.

"I don't think we would have attracted attention from the media in the first place, so Celtic have played a massive part in us going on this run.

"We wouldn't have attracted the players we have done this season either, guys like Adam Strachan, Joao Victoria and Robbie Winters.

"These players maybe wouldn't have given us a second thought if they hadn't seen us play Celtic.

They are 14 points clear in the Lowland League and on course for the play-offs for entry to the Scottish Professional Football League.

The champions need to overcome the Highland League winners and the Ladbrokes League Two bottom club to secure promotion.


East Kilbride skipper Barry Russell leads the celebrations

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Nov 11, 2016
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