New PDF release: 44 Years With the Same Bird

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 total smooth period of Britain's such a lot profitable soccer membership. From their first ever FA Cup win in 1965 to the Champions League defeat in Athens in 2007, this evaluate takes at the remarkable tales at the back of the forty eight trophies Liverpool has received. Highlighting the memorable nights that propelled the membership to 5 eu Cups, 3 UEFA Cups, 12 titles, and numerous household cup triumphs, this account additionally discusses their sour mess ups, the tragic mess ups in Sheffield and Brussels, and the barren years of the overdue 60s and the 90s.

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I’d gone home gutted. All that changed the next morning when I read Don Revie in the papers saying the Kop’s generosity ‘brought tears to my eyes’. He sent a telegram addressed to ‘The Kop, Anfield’. It said, ‘Thanks for your very warm-hearted gesture: We nominate you as the Sportsmen of the Century. ’ Of course the Kop (being, like its idol Shankly, as vain as it was vicious) lapped up such praise. Kopites were the best around and they knew it. The first terrace in football history to be awarded iconic status.

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)? Or was it the first flush of love? The answer became clear the second I arrived home and made for the garage to perform a rechristening ceremony. I took my dad’s black marker pen from his toolbox, went to my hamster’s wooden cage, scrawled furiously over the word ALUN, and wrote next to it, with loving care, the name EMLYN.

No. ’ Relief. Then animation. ‘Thank Christ for that. I hate rugby. I remember in the air force, turning up at a new post in Wales and asking for a football. ’ He burst into a raucous laugh and began to squeeze an imaginary oval ball into a round shape. ’ I join in the laughter and he knocks me on the arm and says for a third time: ‘I’ll squeeze it intee a fitball. Christ, it’s funny what things come back to you. ’ Let’s get this straight here. I should be at school, battling to stay awake through double economics.

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