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 full sleek period of Britain's so much profitable 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 received. Highlighting the memorable nights that propelled the membership to 5 ecu Cups, 3 UEFA Cups, 12 titles, and numerous family cup triumphs, this account additionally discusses their sour disasters, the tragic failures in Sheffield and Brussels, and the barren years of the overdue 60s and the 90s.
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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)?
But I was paralysed, overcome with the sheer magnitude of what was passing before my eyes. God was doing this. God was looking after me. Telling every kid and teacher up in Garstang that I was a Chosen One. That I had walked among them and they had spurned me, even though I spoke about the deeds of a Saint. I could smell the flames of hell licking around their trembling hillbilly legs. I had visions of them all falling to their knees and begging forgiveness, telling Him they would treat me like a messiah when I returned to school on Monday.
When Roger Hunt put us one up after 15 minutes, I pronounced myself fit to return to the stool. We battered them 3–1. I’d been touched by Vic’s show of compassion after the butt, but I sensed it was more for what he would have got off Reg had I ended up in Alder Hey hospital. The truth was that he didn’t want me to be there with him, especially with the stool he regularly threatened to burn. But he had no option because Reg had said that if he didn’t take me then he didn’t go. I’ll be honest, there weren’t too many other kids carrying stools to the match.
44 Years With the Same Bird by Brian Reade