44 Years With the Same Bird by Brian Reade

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 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 failures in Sheffield and Brussels, and the barren years of the overdue 60s and the 90s.

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I struggled to fathom how outsiders could not appreciate the beauty of this infatuation. Or even that it was an infatuation, which by definition means a total love for a specific object of desire to the exclusion of all else. An object you think about constantly, which becomes the lens through which you view life. I’ve since learned how to rein it in. These days if I’m asked to write a piece about the happiest moment of my life, or how I’d spend the perfect day, I veer away from Liverpool FC, even though it is right there, smack in the middle of the answer.

A bottler who’d copped out of military service after hearing dark tales about snatched bus fares and yockers all over the back of your head. 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.

Sammy rarely moved out of the centre-circle, preferring to stand there, pick up everything loose and direct it with precision into the path of an attacker. Trying to win a ball when he was within three yards of you was like trying to pick up a cuddly toy with an electric claw in an amusement arcade after ten pints of cider. He held up a mirror that day, showing me the gulf in class between those who think they’re good at football and those who know they are. He made me realize any dreams I cherished about playing for Liverpool should remain between my head and my pillow.

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