44 Years With the Same Bird by Brian Reade PDF

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 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 review takes at the outstanding 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 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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The freshly minted ticket had been grabbed from the inside pocket of my blazer. The gold dust was in the prospector’s hand. ‘Sorry, la’. You’re just unlucky you bumped into us. ’ They walked off laughing, my voice too weak and shocked to make a final clemency plea. I felt raped. Seconds earlier I’d been so proud to get my mitts on a derby ticket. I’d been walking alone picturing the build-up to the game, telling everyone who asked, ‘Oh yeah, I’ve got a ticket. ’ I was still shaking when I got home to receive a bollocking off my mum for being so late.

By the way, these were natives who gave interbreeding a bad name. They didn’t hold a Miss Garstang contest, they just gave a cup to any girl who had less than two heads. The biggest humiliation of all was that I was being humiliated by the cast of Deliverance. And it was ritual. At break times the other boys in my class would pick a football team consisting of the number of lads who were around, minus one. I was always the minus one. Because most of them would have struggled to win a place in a one-legged girls’ under-4s team, their footballing pleasure was derived from seeing the dejection on my face as they ran off with their arms around each other for their kickabout.

The one-and-a-half-hour wait inside the ground made utterly futile by some big fat fella who’d fallen out of The Arkles at five-to-three planting himself in front of me, blocking all views of the pitch, and blowing a huge Sayers meat-and-potato pie fart in my face. That piece of wood was a liberating lifeline. When I stood on it and soared to 5ft 11in, I was the master of all I surveyed. And that Saturday afternoon when Alun Evans made his debut, oh what glory there was to survey. We’d won the toss and were attacking the Annie Road End in ferocious waves.

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