Friday, September 28, 2007
"Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I'm very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that."
BORN: Glenbuck, September 2, 1913.
PLAYING CAREER: Junior side: Cronberry Eglinton, 1930-32; Senior debut: For Carlisle United, Dec 31, 1932; Preston North End: Signed for £500 in July, 1933. Debut Dec 9, 1933. Played 297 games for Preston, scoring 13 goals; 1933-34 Div 2 runners-up; 1936-37 FA Cup finalist; 1937-38 FA Cup winner. Scotland (1938-39): Five caps, v England (two), Wales, N.Ireland and Hungary. Played seven wartime internationals, captain v England in 1941.
MANAGERIAL CAREER: Manager of Carlisle Utd, Mar 1949; manager Grimsby Town, Jun 1951-Dec, 1953; Workington Town, Jan 1954-Dec 1955; joined Huddersfield Town Dec 1955 as reserve coach; manager Nov 1956-Nov 1959; Liverpool FC, Nov 1959-July 1974.
LIVERPOOL Achievements: 1961/62 Div 2 champs; 1963/64 Div 1 champs; 1964/65 FA Cup Winners; 1965/66 Div 1 champs, Euro Cup Winners' Cup finalists; 1970/71 FA Cup finalists; 1972/73 Div 1 champs, UEFA Cup winners; 1973-74 FA Cup winners, Div 1 runners-up.
HONOUR: Awarded OBE in 1974.
DIED: Sept 29, 1981, aged 68.
He made us happy. Rest in Peace and You'll Never Walk Alone.
MyRAWK Tribute - A simple ceremony to put the picture of Shanks on to the wall in our home - M Bar
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
By John Nisbet
Published: 26 September 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Yes! Yes! The size does say it all! Me and my Hoegarden with Anand and his Heineken. This picture was taken by another couple who were scousers! YNWA! Also, the beer is my first of 3 pints.
Starting lineup selection was not help by injuries and Benayoun’s unavailability due to the Jewish Yom Kippur holiday while Torres’s omission certainly raised a few eyebrows among the faithful. However, the selected partnership upfront of Kuyt and Voronin should have been lethal enough to keep the Brummie defense busy. The midfield lineup remains pretty much the same from the mid-week Euro outing while in defense, Arbeloa was switched to right back and Riise restored to the left.
Remaining undefeated but dropping points against mid-table teams is not part of the plan in our push for that elusive no. 19. Let’s hope we can shake off the problems we’re having and regain back our confidence and swagger in the Carling Cup tie against Reading on Wednesday morning at 2:45 am, live on channel 80 - Astro SuperSports. It'll be the perfect time to rest most of the jaded first team members and introduce the reserves to the ferocity of the English game; especially with this being a cup tie against a Premiership side.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Rafa in a rage as Pennant sees red
David Maddock Reports From Oporto 19/09/2007 (Daily Mirror)
Rafa Benitez insisted that Jermaine Pennant must learn from a foolish dismissal that almost cost Liverpool dear in Portugal last night.
But the Reds boss admitted: "We were really very bad in that first half, there are no excuses. We gave the ball away too easily and made too many mistakes."
Pennant was sent off for two rash challenges that earned yellow cards, the second an unwise lunge to try to keep the ball in play when he should have stayed on his feet. That put the out-of-sorts Merseysiders under intense pressure against Porto, who looked quicker, stronger and more determined.
But somehow they survived to steal a point that gets their Champions League group campaign off to a fortunate start. A relieved Benitez warned Pennant afterwards: "It was a correct red card. He made a mistake and he will learn from the experience so maybe it will be positive for him in the future.
"He didn't need to make a challenge in that area."
Benitez was puzzled by a poor display from his side, after a terrible start to the game where they simply failed to pass to each other. Porto were gifted the lead from the penalty spot, and the English club only clawed their way back into the contest through a Dirk Kuyt effort from a setpiece. But they were lucky, and even Kuyt admitted as much. "We have to be pleased with a draw, because the first half wasn't good at all.
"We had problems trying to pass to each other, and we couldn't string three or four passes together. But we have escaped with a point, and that is a good result, because they are a strong side, and this game may prove to be the toughest one we will face in the group."
Benitez added: "We cannot afford a performance like that again, but maybe that was our 'get out of jail card'."
Any team that creates just one opportunity to their opponents' 14, one corner to 10 and virtually no coherent forward play and yet gains a draw, must fancy their chances of progressing some distance in the competition.
Chastised for resting his 'star players' and dropping points at Portsmouth, Benitez restored the big guns to his starting line up, only to see them fire blanks. Maybe that adds weight to his argument that he must pick teams to suit each individual circumstance.
And yet it was hard to leave Estadio Dragao last night without the uneasy feeling that Liverpool were undermined by the six changes from the weekend.
From the start they were as edgy as the queue outside a branch of Northern Rock.
Keeper Pepe Reina rescued his back four with the rather painful use of his face to save.
Sami Hyypia was a surprise inclusion in the Liverpool defence, and perhaps his lack of games at the top level in recent times has blunted his match fitness.
The big Finn looked slow to respond when Ricardo Quaresma played a teasing ball in behind him, allowing Tarik Sektioui to steal into the box. Reina darted from his line to try to smother the danger, but only succeeded in dragging the little Turk to the ground for a penalty barely nine minutes into the game.
Local hero Lucho Gonzalez converted with ease to set the alarm bells ringing.
Yet Liverpool are nothing if not resilient in Europe.
And it was Hyypia who typified that spirit.
For all their sublime touch and audacious skill, Porto have a weakness at the back from set-pieces, and that was exploited ruthlessly by the centre-back.
On 17 minutes, Hyypia drifted away from his marker at the far post and headed back across goal, where Kuyt planted a header firmly above the keeper's despairing grasp into the roof of the net.
Fc Porto: Nuno, Bruno Alves, Paulo Assuncao, Quaresma, Lucho Gonzalez, Lopez, Bosingwa, Fucile, Joao Paulo, Raul Meireles, Sektioui.
Liverpool: Reina, Finnan, Hyypia, Arbeloa, Carragher, Pennant, Mascherano, Gerrard, Babel, Torres, Kuyt.
56% POSSESSION 44%
3 SHOTS ON TARGET 1
7 SHOTS OFF TARGET 0
1 OFFSIDES 0
10 CORNERS 1
16 FOULS 24
1 YELLOW CARDS 3
0 RED CARDS 1
Man Of The Match: Quaresma
Goal highlights courtesy of YouTube
Porto FC: Lucho Gonzalez's goal:
Liverpool FC: Dirk Kuyt's goal:
Monday, September 17, 2007
A friendly reminder to all Reds that our 07/08 UEFA Champions League campaign starts this coming Wednesday morning, 19th September. Matchday 1 proceeds with an away trip to Estadio do Dragao against Porto. Kick off is at 02:30 am, ESPN - astro channel 81.
However, this was a game of few chances especially in the first half. Carragher returned from injury and was given the armband in the absence of Steven Gerrard who was benched (along with Fernando Torres) after their international excursions. Apart from a few speculative long range hits, there wasn’t much to bother David James while Pompey also struggled to create scoring chances on the other end.
That is until the linesman decided to spice things up by flagging for some alleged shirt-pulling antics by Aberloa on Kanu. For the third time this season, Liverpool were on the receiving end of a somewhat soft penalty but unlike the Villa and Chelsea games, Reina pulled off a spectacular save to deny Kanu from the spot. Sense of justice prevailed and the assembled Kopites at Mbar let out a collective sigh of relief. Cue grateful gulping of beer.
Game opened up slightly more in the second half with both Crouch and Voronin striking the woodwork. The former was forced into a back-heel volley as a cross came behind him and the ball sailed over James only for it to clip the upright. Our Pony Tail from Ukraine carved a shooting chance from nothing out of sheer doggedness but again the ball clipped the wrong side of the bar for a goal kick. Heart in throat moment came when the ever lively John Utaka got to a ball which evaded Carragher and Agger and had the goal at his mercy. Mercifully for us, he shot just wide of the goal. Another collective sigh of relief and more gulping of beer as anxiety began to creep in. We had already heard that Man Utd had beaten Everton 1-0 and were hoping for some sub action to kick things up a notch.
Rafa duly obliged and brought on our dynamic duo of Stevie G and Torres (for Pennant and Crouch respectively) that had an immediate impact on the proceedings. A trademark Stevie G surging run into the box split open the Pompey defence and he slid a beautifully weighted pass to Torres on the left of the box. Voronin had made a run into the six yard area and Torres could have picked him up for a simple tap in but instead opted to blast the shot wide. This time it was the synchronized slapping of foreheads that was heard around Mbar accompanied by a frustrated “ooooooooh, f@#$%@# close!”.
That was as close as we got in an altogether forgettable and drab exhibition of football. Two points dropped and knocked off the top by Arsenal. Let’s hope our boys are whole lot sharper when we face Porto on Wednesday morning and Birmingham City this Saturday evening at 10pm.
Remember, WE NEVER WALK ALONE, so calling all you Reds out there, stand up and be counted.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Chants and Song Lyrics in PDF
Fields of Anfield Road
Poor Scouser Tommy
The Best Midfield in the World
Steve Gerrard, Gerrard & Too Good to be True
We Love You Liverpool
A Team of Carraghers
Monday, September 3, 2007
The Rams started the match really well by constantly pressuring our
boys when we had the ball and the first half hour was scrappy to say the least. Just when the assembled souls at Mbar began venting their frustrations at an increasingly victimised screen, Xabi Alonso curled in a freekick from 40 yards which evaded everyone’s touch before reaching the back of the net. A thoroughly well deserved and well timed slice of luck (lest we forget, championships are not won without a massive helping hand from lady luck).
Last action in the first half also had Derby keeper picking the ball out of the net again. Goal number two came courtesy of some sublime skill from Ryan Babel who was having a relatively quite game till then. After receiving the ball inside the box, Babel dummies two defenders and with a body-popping drop of the shoulder sent the keeper the wrong way before lashing a shot into the top left hand corner!Floodgates then opened in the second half. Torres used his unnerving acceleration to great effect as he beat three Rams before picking his spot with his weaker peg for his 1st goal infront of the Kop. Number four arrived via Alonso again as he side footed a loose ball from the edge of the box after Benayoun had been brought down with a crunching tackle. Before the shouts of "penalty!" could be heard, ball was nestled inside the Derby goal.
Sub Voronin also joined the party with virtually his first touch as he pounced on a rebound after Derby keeper could only parry a stinger from the tireless Dirk Kuyt. Rout was completed when Torres robbed a clumsy Rams defender who let a back pass stray a little too far; our record signing pays back another chunk of his transfer fee by coolly walking the ball into the net after rounding Derby’s hapless goalie.
The only low point of the night was the somewhat disappointing attendance at MBar. We will put it down to the long weekend and many balik kampong, holiday etc. But here’s hoping to more results like this and a better turn out for future games. Remember, WE NEVER WALK ALONE, so calling all you Reds out there, stand up and be counted.