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New PDF release: 44 Years With the Same Bird

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 total sleek 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 evaluate takes at the notable tales at 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 household 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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He laughed out loud. At me. And I wasn’t even being funny. ‘Eh, don’t worry about what position they play you in, son. ’ ‘I know. I saw you the other night against Belgium. ’ ‘Well, I’ll make a deal, eh? You keep playing your heart out behind the fo’wards and I’ll do the same at full-back. ’ The red gate slammed into my face, which was a similar hue. Was it due to embarrassment at having such an intimate conversation with a man who Shankly declared would one day captain England (which he did, 23 times)?

It had even earned me a nickname which I loved. Being called a loony by a shower of mentally subnormals surely singled me out as Einstein material. Besides, football was growing on me. I was drawn to the teleprinter, sneaked the back page of Reg’s Sunday Express, even delved into Vic’s Football Monthly when he wasn’t looking, and listened to every minute of the second-half radio commentary on the FA Cup semi-final, floating on air when we whupped Chelsea 2–0 to reach Wembley. That was the day I lost my cherry.

Me and Vic helped lower him into the driver’s seat where he proceeded to wail every time he changed gear and swear he’d never put me on his shoulders again to watch a football match. I feigned concern, but my mind was many miles away, in a school playground, trying to work out how a goal that looked like it went in off Ian Callaghan’s arse could ever be made to look sexy. 2 SAINTLY CONVERSION 1 MAY 1965 – BISHOPGATE STREET, WAVERTREE The way I figured it, even if St John had scored a beauty, the Garstang hillbillies would be none the wiser.

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