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Accrington thank milk advert star
Carl Rice
Carl Rice is now a writer and stand up comedian
The child actor who made Accrington Stanley a household name in a milk commercial is being thanked by the club as they head to the Football League.

Carl Rice, one of the advert's two stars 18 years ago, will be guest of honour at the club's next home match.

The 26-year-old who appeared in TV shows such as Brookside, and plays by Willy Russell and Jimmy McGovern is now a writer and stand up comedian.

He said he is delighted to be remembered by the club.

In the advert Carl tells his friend as he drinks a pint of milk that Ian Rush (the former Liverpool star) says if he does not drink milk he will only be good enough to play for Accrington Stanley.

The original script should have read Tottenham Hotspur but they objected
Carl Rice

His friend replies "Accrington Stanley - who are they?"

Carl responds in broad Scouse, "Exactly."

At the time Stanley were a non league club having dropped out of the Football League in 1962.

But now the runaway Nationwide Conference League leaders are on the verge of returning to the Football League and have invited Carl to a game as part of their resurgence.

"I've done TV and I'm a writer but the advert is all people want to talk about," said Manchester-based Mr Rice.

"The original script should have read Tottenham Hotspur but they objected so The National Dairy Council picked another team," he said.

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