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 winning 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 amazing 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 past due 60s and the 90s.
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I didn’t have a clue what a feckin’ whore-master was but the joyful manner in which she spat it out contrasted magnificently with the pious Dimbleby tones coming from the box. Football moved me about as much as one of my little sister’s dolls (less when you factored in how much damage you could do to Tiny Tears’ eyes with a dart). I didn’t get why Vic took the scissors to Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly and covered his wall with pictures of men in shorts. What was cool about that? Why hadn’t he butchered Fab 208, like me, and taped up The Beatles, The Searchers and Sandie Shaw?
It’s Wembley on the first of May – haroo, haroo, It’s Leeds United Labour Day – haroo, haroo, We were there for Shankly’s side, And brought the Cup to Merseyside, And we all got blind drunk when Liverpool won the Cup. I was stunned into a muteness which Billy Jones couldn’t fail to see. He put his bottle down and crouched so he was at my eye-level. ‘Here y’are son,’ he said, pulling the match programme and ticket stub from his mac. ‘That’s for you. Proof of the greatest day in Liverpool’s history.
Obviously. 1 MATCHSTICK MEN 20 FEBRUARY 1965 – BURNDEN PARK, BOLTON I was perched on my dad’s shoulders at the back of a sprawling, uncovered terrace, with Our Vic parked on the crash barrier in front, snarling at every banality that left my seven-year-old mouth. Through the big hole in my red balaclava, down past the bare knees which stuck out either side of my dad’s neck, I surveyed a sea of heads: flat-capped, bald, plastered with grease, flowing for what seemed like miles down to a bright green carpet, where tiny red-and-white figures moved in clusters, stopping regularly amid loud roars or deep grunts.