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 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 assessment 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 ecu Cups, 3 UEFA Cups, 12 titles, and numerous family cup triumphs, this account additionally discusses their sour mess ups, the tragic mess ups in Sheffield and Brussels, and the barren years of the overdue 60s and the 90s.

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A geeky trainspotter so consumed with my lifetime passion, I didn’t care how odd I looked to outsiders. Vic knew though. Which was why he made me walk to the 75 bus stop in Huyton village like a Taliban wife, ten yards behind him. At Anfield he’d make me walk ten yards in front, tailing me from a distance like a private dick. But he was to blame for the embarrassing wooden prop. Without the stool, unless I stood right at the very front of the Annie Road (which Vic refused to as it was full of primary school kids like me) or sat on a barrier (a no-no as Vic wouldn’t offer the necessary back protection from the swaying crowd) I was knackered.

That feeling of total isolation, despite knowing there were countless thousands of your brethren equally bereft. The sense that this was a tragedy unique to you, which would never be overcome so long as there were record books around to remind you of the mental wound. But in March 1965 as Liverpool closed in on winning the FA Cup for the first time in history, Mother Football had yet to wound me. It was the first flush of love, and like a religious convert I threw myself into the cause with a rare fanaticism.

For a start, you rarely saw it. Match Of The Day had begun that season on BBC2, but nobody had the channel, and all the radio gave you was the shipping forecast and Sing Something Simple. What made Our Vic squat with pained concentration before the Grandstand teleprinter every Saturday? Especially when any display of emotion was met with a slap off my grandad whose horses had gone down, soon to be followed by his Littlewoods coupon, meaning that three-mile hike to the docks on Monday morning was still a reality.

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