Football Fans: Adopting the Persona

Football Fans: Adopting the Persona

I’m a great believer in the theory that some football fans subconsciously adopt the persona of the manager that leads their club of choice. How the mentality and outlook of the man that picks the team, the man that holds the fans very mood for the rest of the week in his hands, will be transmitted into the psyche of the fans within a relatively short period of time. Football fans basically want to buy into the product the manager …
No Divine Right To The Top Four, But That's Okay

No Divine Right To The Top Four, But That's Okay

Jurgen Klopp tried his best to blow away his statement on fans leaving early on Sunday evening. Little did he know that he had addressed an elephant in the room that's been sitting there since he arrived, waiting for the bubble to burst. A fair portion of our fan base remains stuck in the euphoria of 2005 and the depression of the title that never was. We cling on to the hopes that we will get a new Gerrard and …
Finally Feeling Something with Liverpool FC Again

Finally Feeling Something with Liverpool FC Again

It's been far too long. 365 days make up a full year, yet it feels like it's a lot longer when it comes to football. It felt like forever since I've started watching football, learning the game from all aspects whilst sitting on the floor beside my dad as we watch the game on weekend nights; a cup of coffee for him, a cup of Milo for me, and a night of entertaining football. It felt like I've been doing …
Memorable Merseyside Derbies

Memorable Merseyside Derbies

This weekend’s Merseyside derby is arguably the biggest in years and certainly its outcome could carry particular significance for Brendan Rodgers and his future as Liverpool manager. So, in a break from all the pressure and speculation surrounding the current position of the club, I decided to take a nostalgic look back some of my personal favourite Merseyside derbies. FA Cup Final 1986, Wembley This will always be a special game to me for many reasons, not only was it …
The Merseyside Derby - A Family Feud

The Merseyside Derby - A Family Feud

In the late months of 2000, my aunt and Godmother died. That’s the same person, by the way. It was a bad time but not a double tragedy. My aunty Pat was my Dad’s sister. She was very glamorous with a mop of blonde hair, had a hearty laugh and called me ‘soft lad’. I absolutely adored her. She lived near Tuebrook, Liverpool with my cousin Lisa and I always regret not knowing her better. For some reason I was …
Walking On Through The Storm

Walking On Through The Storm

It’s a stressful thing supporting modern Liverpool. Far more than just following a football team, having a pint, and hoping they will win the match when they take the field, which, after all, is what it really should be about. We fret about everything now. Fellow Reds willingly offer counsel on this matter on social media. I liked one I read on Saturday evening from Gareth Roberts after Villa: “We won lads, go eat a cake or kiss your girlfriend.” …
For the Love of the Game!

For the Love of the Game!

As far back as I can remember I've loved football. As a child, it was playing Sunday League, Five a side, Headers and Volley's and no matter the weather, I'd always take hours of pleasure practising Keepie Uppies in the garden. I'd play anytime and anywhere, all I needed was something to kick; whether that be a bottle, a balloon or if I was lucky a football. I was always happiest when I had the opportunity to play, in truth …
David Fairclough - Kop Hero | Heroes of our Past

David Fairclough - Kop Hero | Heroes of our Past

There have been many great emotional European nights at Anfield. Even with the rise of the modern game Anfield stands apart from other grounds with it’s unrivalled passion. It’s not only an opinion shared by Liverpool supporters, it still remains a mythical citadel of football to most supporters, players and managers, regardless of their era. Just watch them all line up for the photo touching the “This is Anfield” sign if you are in left in any doubt. On 16th March …
Heroes Of The Past - Bruce Grobbelaar

Heroes Of The Past - Bruce Grobbelaar

Character. A word that the majority of Liverpool fans are sick of right now. Probably because a certain someone has singlehandedly managed to suck all the joy out of it. However, the definition of the word that I am referring to is "the quality of being individual in an interesting or unusual way". When I come across the word character, I think of flamboyance, eccentricity and spontaneity. I think of people who stand out among the crowd and who aren't …
Ray Clemence | Heroes of Our Past

Ray Clemence | Heroes of Our Past

Let’s start by being a little contentious for the younger generation who never saw the man play, or – at best – have seen little bits of his performances on YouTube and official LFC merchandise: Raymond Neal Clemence was the best goalkeeper I ever saw, in any team, ever – better than Banks, Shilton, Zoff, Meier, Yashin, Buffon, Cech, Neuer – the lot. Clem was exactly six feet tall – not huge for a keeper, with an odd smile, thin …
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