That Manchester City Video

That Manchester City Video

I never used to consider myself to be a victim. But recent incidents have made me rethink that. To put it bluntly, being a Liverpool fan means I’m treated differently. If I’m ever offended it’s because I’m a victim. If I feel something is unjust I’m a victim. State an opinion someone disagrees with and, yep, you guessed it, I’m a victim. It shouldn’t be the case but I’ve almost become numb to it on social media. In the past, …
Republic of Liverpool - We're not English, we are Scouse

Republic of Liverpool - We're not English, we are Scouse

As it's only a few days until England kick off their World Cup campaign, I thought I would get into the patriotic spirit and put it down into words why, I would say, a large number of Liverpool fans, especially local fans, do not get behind the national team. In the 1970s, before Margaret Thatcher’s government, it would not be an uncommon appearance for union jacks to be waved in the Liverpool end, travelling Europe or on the Kop. Nowadays, …
Hillsborough Part 2: Saturday 15th April 1989

Hillsborough Part 2: Saturday 15th April 1989

Saturday 15th April 1989 was a sunny day. I was living in a Halls of Residence cinderblock corridor of a room in South East London at the time, just about to complete my first year at Poly. I couldn’t afford the return train fare to Sheffield it being late in the term and what with my student grant running low; so I decided to give the game a miss. My friend Fiona was going though. She was a friend of my …
Hillsborough Part 1: The Lead Up To April 1989

Hillsborough Part 1: The Lead Up To April 1989

Sometimes we take things for granted. Being a Liverpool fan means that you naturally adopt certain causes and prejudices. For example, there’s an inbuilt dislike of Everton and Man United. This has been with us for ages and even when there’s the occasional ceasefire it’s always there. Then there’s the more modern rivalry (that, I’ll admit, I can’t be doing with). Chelsea and City can be added to that list even if they are fleeting foes. After all, Blackburn Rovers …
When We All Climb a Hill...

When We All Climb a Hill...

I think the last time I wrote anything about Hillsborough was on Dec 19th, 2012. A cold and drizzly day but I don’t remember feeling either of them on my skin. Walking away from the Royal Courts of Justice my only thought was one of hope. The old coroner’s inquests had just been quashed and new one’s had been ordered. One of the comments of Lord Chief Justice were as follows: “We must put in record on admiration for the …
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 …