By Brian Reade
Fusing the blind ardour of a lifelong supporter with the chilly eye of an award-winning journalist, this is often an up-close and private view of the total 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 awesome 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 household 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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The uncomfortable truth was, à la Prince Edward and the Marines, me and Vic weren’t hard enough. The kids who took their Kop apprenticeship in the Boys Pen learnt it the tough way; the kids who chose to fork out an extra shilling for the Annie Road earned a smoother passage. That said, as the sixties became the seventies, and hooliganism was rife, spending an afternoon in the Annie Road was hardly likely to leave you with a passage that was smooth. On a good day your bum was tighter than Ken Dodd; on a bad day, it was looser than Linda Lovelace.
Neither he, nor the stool, accompanied me to the match any more. Instead I tagged along with other lads from our estate like Nicky Williams, John Fleming and Icky Littler. Vic had graduated to the Kop but I still wasn’t ready to flee the Annie Road womb. The biggest myth about Liverpudlians of my age is that we were shameless glory-seekers, medal-chasing Muttleys, who spurned the chance to follow Everton for a trophy-machine with a fan base whose accents hinted of too long spent near combine-harvesters.
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. At every home game they starred in their own movie as the players vied for best supporting actor. There were few banners then as Europe had yet to be conquered, no team shirts with names and numbers on the back (money had yet to conquer us all) but what an inventive and extensive repertoire was emitted by that wall of sound.
44 Years With the Same Bird by Brian Reade