By Brian Reade
Fusing the blind ardour of a lifelong supporter with the chilly eye of an award-winning journalist, this can be an up-close and private view of the whole glossy period of Britain's so much winning soccer membership. From their first ever FA Cup win in 1965 to the Champions League defeat in Athens in 2007, this assessment takes at the remarkable tales in the back of the forty eight trophies Liverpool has gained. Highlighting the memorable nights that propelled the membership to 5 eu Cups, 3 UEFA Cups, 12 titles, and numerous family cup triumphs, this account additionally discusses their sour disasters, the tragic mess ups in Sheffield and Brussels, and the barren years of the overdue 60s and the 90s.
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It may have worked for Phil Thompson, but not him. So even if he had the will, he didn’t have the means to fight my fights for me. Like the one on a Monday lunchtime in January 1965 when, after being left out of the class side again, I picked up their ball, shouted ‘I’m Ian St John’ and booted it over the wall, into the path of an oncoming car, which burst it instantly. I became the substitute football. And Vic looked on shaking his head as I was once again led away to be tortured by God’s Hatchet.
You keep playing your heart out behind the fo’wards and I’ll do the same at full-back. ’ The red gate slammed into my face, which was a similar hue. Was it due to embarrassment at having such an intimate conversation with a man who Shankly declared would one day captain England (which he did, 23 times)? Was it because he’d said he’d have a word with Alf Ramsey? Was it because I’d made him laugh (little did I know at that point that Hughes could unleash a fit of sycophantic convulsions by merely catching a whiff of a Junior Royal)?
What was cool about that? Why hadn’t he butchered Fab 208, like me, and taped up The Beatles, The Searchers and Sandie Shaw? For a start, you rarely saw it. Match Of The Day had begun that season on BBC2, but nobody had the channel, and all the radio gave you was the shipping forecast and Sing Something Simple. What made Our Vic squat with pained concentration before the Grandstand teleprinter every Saturday? Especially when any display of emotion was met with a slap off my grandad whose horses had gone down, soon to be followed by his Littlewoods coupon, meaning that three-mile hike to the docks on Monday morning was still a reality.
44 Years With the Same Bird by Brian Reade