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      Robby The Z
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      Do you Remember your first match?
      Mar 14, 2019 01:46:17 pm
      Was thinking this morning as I sometimes do, about the day I fell in love with the club, Dec. 28, 1998, my first visit to Anfield. I was familiar with the club before that of course, and was an avid connoisseur of European and British football, but upon visiting the city and stadium for the first time I realized there was something very different present here.

      So I wondered about everyone else's first or earliest memory of Liverpool. A focal point could be, can you remember the team and any details from the first time you watched, either in person or from afar. It's OK to look it up if that helps. I know we have a wide age range on here so I look forward to responses, and I'm officially declaring this a no arguing zone (particularly anything involving Jordan Henderson!).

      Liverpool 4, Newcastle 2
      Dec. 28, 1998


      GK: David James
      D: Vegard Heggem Steve Staunton, Phil Babb, Jamie Carragher, Stiggy
      M:  Steve McManaman, Jamie Redknapp, Patrick Berger
      F: Michael Owen, Karl Heinz-Reidle
      Subs: Brad Friedel, Steve Harkness, Jason McAteer, David Thompson, Steven Gerrard

      Newcastle's lineup included Didi Hamann (who was sent off), Alan Shearer, Duncan Ferguson, Stuart Pearce and on the bench: John Barnes!

      Reds fell behind 2-0, the second coming AFTER they were reduced to 10, then substitute David Thompson (who replaced Steven Gerrard, who had replaced the injured McManaman) started influencing things a great deal, leading to braces for both Owen and Riedle.  But  my biggest memory will always be of how The Kop drew that team forward in the 2nd half.  It is NOT a myth.

      Would love to read your memories.
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      Reply #1: Mar 14, 2019 07:42:59 pm
      I think it was year 2001 my first game. We played a qualifier for the European Cup, against some Finnish team called FC Haka. My dad got us tickets to go watch it and we did them 4-1, can’t remember all the scorers (I was only 7 or 8) but I think Heskey and Owen got on the scoresheet and maybe Jari Litmannen (who was one of my early favorites!). I also seem to remember two lads in front of me who just kept singing a song about big Emile Heskey over and over again (we might have even signed him that summer)?

      EDIT: just checked, it was Redknapp, Heskey, Fowler and someone called David Wilson...never heard of him in my life but it’s what google says! Litmanen was on the bench and came on for Heskey quite early on.
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      Reply #2: Mar 14, 2019 08:00:03 pm
      11th April 1972. I had been to games before in the Boys Pen and the Paddock but this was Special Sir Roger Hunts Testimonial 56,000 gates closed and thousands locked out.
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      Reply #3: Mar 14, 2019 08:10:46 pm
      01.03.1975 Chelsea, at Anfield, 2-2. Pissed down.
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      Reply #4: Mar 14, 2019 08:24:19 pm
      26 march 1989 at white hart lane, won 2-1, early 17th birthday treat, my dear old mum decided to absolutely slaughter chris waddle all game which wasn't wise especially as were sat in with the spurs fans. She was threatened by a bloke on crutches,  i know who my money would have been on and it wasn't him.





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      Reply #5: Mar 14, 2019 08:24:26 pm
      Auxerre at home won 3-1 I think got us through wibbly Walters with the winner. Moby pen I think as well
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      Reply #6: Mar 14, 2019 08:29:08 pm
      I think it was year 2001 my first game. We played a qualifier for the European Cup, against some Finnish team called FC Haka. My dad got us tickets to go watch it and we did them 4-1, can’t remember all the scorers (I was only 7 or 8) but I think Heskey and Owen got on the scoresheet and maybe Jari Litmannen (who was one of my early favorites!). I also seem to remember two lads in front of me who just kept singing a song about big Emile Heskey over and over again (we might have even signed him that summer)?

      EDIT: just checked, it was Redknapp, Heskey, Fowler and someone called David Wilson...never heard of him in my life but it’s what google says! Litmanen was on the bench and came on for Heskey quite early on.

      Wilson scored an og, was there that night
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      Reply #7: Mar 14, 2019 09:56:00 pm
      I cannot recall what team I saw first at Anfield but I do recall my Dad putting me in the boys pen in Kemlyn Road.In those days the pen run from the half way line back toward the Anfield Road end.My dad stood on the other side of the wire fence keeping an eye on me.It was a sad day when they moved the pen to the back of the KOP. The reason given for moving the pen was that the kids had been throwing apple cores and orange peel at the likes of Stanley Mathews.
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      Reply #8: Mar 14, 2019 10:15:26 pm
      I cannot recall what team I saw first at Anfield but I do recall my Dad putting me in the boys pen in Kemlyn Road.In those days the pen run from the half way line back toward the Anfield Road end.My dad stood on the other side of the wire fence keeping an eye on me.It was a sad day when they moved the pen to the back of the KOP. The reason given for moving the pen was that the kids had been throwing apple cores and orange peel at the likes of Stanley Mathews.

      if you can give me a year and at least one of the opponents you recall, I can try to find the match for you.
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      Reply #9: Mar 14, 2019 10:29:50 pm
      Liverpool vs Dortmund in CL back in 2001. 2-0 win with Smicer and Stephen Wright scoring.
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      Reply #10: Mar 14, 2019 10:47:39 pm
      11th April 1972. I had been to games before in the Boys Pen and the Paddock but this was Special Sir Roger Hunts Testimonial 56,000 gates closed and thousands locked out.

      the most memorable was our first UEFA cup win when the game was abandoned and replayed with big John Toshack playing in the second game. I even remember seeing Kevin Keegan playing for Scunthorpe against Tranmere. When I look back my life has been so enriched by a football team just a 15 minute walk from home. You could here the goals being scored by the noise of the Kop in the 60's it made a massive impression on me as a young kid. My entire family are REDS not a bluenose anywhere. What I have learned to appreciate is that someone from the other side of the world has  the same connection as I have but might be from an entirely different generation.
       Maybe in future years they may find a gene that unites us all as Liverpudlians
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      Reply #11: Mar 14, 2019 10:50:03 pm
      I cannot recall what team I saw first at Anfield but I do recall my Dad putting me in the boys pen in Kemlyn Road.In those days the pen run from the half way line back toward the Anfield Road end.My dad stood on the other side of the wire fence keeping an eye on me.It was a sad day when they moved the pen to the back of the KOP. The reason given for moving the pen was that the kids had been throwing apple cores and orange peel at the likes of Stanley Mathews.

      the boys pens moved around Anfield quite a bit I remember it being in both the Anfield road end and the Kop next to the Main stand but then memory is a funny thing isn't it and I might be totally wrong
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      Reply #12: Mar 14, 2019 11:14:34 pm
      Villa Park, 1988. 1-1. If my memory serves.

      First at Anfield was 2-2 versus Swindon Town in 93.

      I didn't see Liverpool win, live, until 95, a 3-1 win at White Hart Lane.

      Until 2010, most my Liverpool experiences were away fixtures,  started getting to more home games after that. Only ever seen us lose 5 times live, three of those at Wembley though.
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      Reply #13: Mar 15, 2019 12:19:41 am
      A game against Oldham I think, prob around 96 or 97. Seem to recall Rush scoring a fantastic goal and I just instantly fell in love with the club and crowd.
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      Reply #14: Mar 15, 2019 06:19:25 am
      if you can give me a year and at least one of the opponents you recall, I can try to find the match for you.

      It was the start of the 1947/8 season and the club that seems to stick in my mind the most is Blackpool.On checking the fixtures for that season it must of been Preston north End and in my mind I am mixing up Tom Finney and Stanley Mathews.
      « Last Edit: Mar 15, 2019 06:46:52 am by Billy1 »
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      Reply #15: Mar 15, 2019 06:54:37 am
      First ever memory of the Premier League was when I would've been no more than 8/9 and as a family we'd always go out for Saturday night dinners at some diner or something with friends and there was a room with a massive tv showing football that all these older men would camp in front of and watch.

      I ended up floating away from the family and friends and just parking in there every weekend to watch. No idea who was playing from memory or when I watched Liverpool for the first time - would've been at some point of the 2000/01 season - but the first match I remember vividly was the Merseyside derby in 2004.

      Was a 2am kick off that I stayed up for and remember getting f**king PISSED off that Nigel Martyn was keeping everything out. The c**t was unbeatable that day. Think he made two ridiculous saves from Gerrard and another couple. Think it was 20 shots at goal and 70% possession. They were buzzing of course.

      First match I saw us live at was in Melbourne when they toured down. Youtube the YNWA to that and it'll tell you everything you need to know about that night. Best night I've ever had. Drove down from Sydney couple days earlier, whole city was red for days before, was pissed hours before the game and met AussieRed for the first time as I stood on a table in a pub leading songs in a full room of Reds.

      First European game was the Europa League final in Basel. Left on a Monday to the airport direct after class was over, arrived 3pm of the day in Zurich, trained to Basel, met Diego and Matt from the forum and then fu**ed off home after the game with my tail between my legs after sleeping at the station. Had the same flight stewardess on three of my flights from Sydney to Zurich and back home and by the third one (Zurich to Dubai stopover) she looked at me and asked what the f**k I was doing :D got questioned why I had no luggage at Sydney Airport on the way back and they wouldn't believe I went for less than a day to watch a football (soccer ;D) game until one of them saw my LFC scarf and he said "oh you went to that final? They lost didn't they? That's a sh*t trip!" Yeah thanks f**k face, let me go home.

      First Anfield game was Suarez's first back after the Ivanovic biting incident in 2013. Suarez, Sturridge and Gerrard on the sheet. Cab driver on the way was boss, took me to Gow's to pick up Venison's season ticket he donated to me and then drove me around on a Liverpool City tour at no charge. Ended up walking back from the ground with the crowd to the Liver Building where we were staying near. Superb day because it just felt like a proper old school football trip - was like a local experience.
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      Reply #16: Mar 15, 2019 07:08:01 am
      7th of March 1964   we thrashed Ipswich 6-0.

      Hunt (2)  Arrowsmith (2)  St John and Thompson scored in a rout.

      First time on the Kop.  Aged 11.  I was buzzing.

      I'd supported the lads when they were in the Second Divsion since 62 but was able to go Anfield when living back in the Pool in 64.

      The season of this game we went on to win the title being only the 2nd season back in the top flight. Similar to what we may be achieving now with Klopp it took Bill Shankly just four years to turn us in to title winners.

      The rest is history.

      The following year we won the Cup v Leeds at Wembley with Gerry Byrne playing virtually the whole game with a broken collar bone.
      Now they wear gloves FFS !
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      Reply #17: Mar 15, 2019 08:47:07 am
      Yes...

      And the cry went up

      liverPOOL liveRPOOL,LIVERPOOL,LIVERPOOL

       :kop5cf8koxp6:
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      Reply #18: Mar 15, 2019 08:50:33 am
      11th April 1984. European Cup semi final. Not bad!
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      Reply #19: Mar 15, 2019 09:39:38 am
      Stoke City, March 1949, (70 years ago next week) beat them 4-0, with the great Albert Stubbins getting a brace. Down  into the Second Division, and welcomed Mr Shankly, to the club.  Suffered the lows and the highs, but who can forget that magic night in Istanbul?
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      Reply #20: Mar 15, 2019 09:43:56 am
      Liverpool 3 Spurs 1

      Spurs scored first probably round about 1980 ish I think but could be out a few years.

      Pretty sure Sammy lee scored one from about 20 yards.
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      Reply #21: Mar 15, 2019 09:45:09 am
      Stoke City, March 1949, (70 years ago next week) beat them 4-0, with the great Albert Stubbins getting a brace. Down  into the Second Division, and welcomed Mr Shankly, to the club.  Suffered the lows and the highs, but who can forget that magic night in Istanbul?

      Mate nuff respects... You footballs version of a "Original Gangster"

      God bless you mate.... I wasn't even a twinkle in my dads eyes back then
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      Reply #22: Mar 15, 2019 09:50:33 am
      I cannot recall what team I saw first at Anfield but I do recall my Dad putting me in the boys pen in Kemlyn Road.In those days the pen run from the half way line back toward the Anfield Road end.My dad stood on the other side of the wire fence keeping an eye on me.It was a sad day when they moved the pen to the back of the KOP. The reason given for moving the pen was that the kids had been throwing apple cores and orange peel at the likes of Stanley Mathews.

      Another O.G. football wise... Bless you  ;D
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      Reply #23: Mar 15, 2019 09:57:14 am
      Hope both you (Fourbrick) and Billy1 reach that magic age of a 100 plus and the owners and manager of Liverpool give you a free seat for the remainder for you lives at every home game for Liverpool FC

      I am Impressed  ;D
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      Reply #24: Mar 15, 2019 10:20:11 am
      First game on tv (I can remember) was the 1977 FA cup final where we lost on out on THE treble (ultimately) by losing to a lucky Utd winner!  Cried after the match (first but not last time crying after a Liverpool defeat!)

      First live game I had to look it up I'm afraid, but away to Swansea in the old 1st division 18th Sept 1982 as a 13 year old.

      As Swansea is local to us, my dad took me & my 2 brothers (all Liverpool fans due to my dad's dad being a scouser) to the Vetch, but we were in the the Swans end.

      I remember being totally overwhelmed at seeing my heroes Dalglish, Rush, Souness & co in the flesh!

      We won easily, 3-0 and my abiding memory (probably distorted over time) was the 3rd goal with Kenny in the centre circle collecting the ball facing our goal, swivelling and putting a 40 yard diagonal pass to Rushie who went through & slotted home.

      I was on such a high, I remember playing football in a kick-about with my mates in the schoolyard (school was next to my house & just had to climb the gates) that evening and I was like Dalglish on speed I was buzzing so much.

      Didn't get to Anfield for another 20 years, and times were a lot harder for us then...
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      Reply #25: Mar 15, 2019 12:00:51 pm
      Coventry City vs Liverpool. 1st Div. Tue 10 May 1977 0 - 0
                        Clemence 
      Neal, Smith, Hughes(c). Jones.
      Case, McDermott , Kennedy, Heighway
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      Reply #26: Mar 15, 2019 12:40:30 pm
      Hope both you (Fourbrick) and Billy1 reach that magic age of a 100 plus and the owners and manager of Liverpool give you a free seat for the remainder for you lives at every home game for Liverpool FC

      I am Impressed  ;D

      Thanks, Don. I hope that we can both reach 100 and love your idea of free seats. Just about getting my voice back after forty years singing on the KOP. I wonder how many of you were there on the night it was foggy and we could only see to the half way line, The Reds were kicking into the Anfield Road goal, and we heard a cheer as we scored. Up went the chant from the Kop. "Who scored the goal?.. Who scored the goal. "Ee aye addio, who scored the goal?" Back came the  chant from the other end. "Toshack, Toshack." One of the many magic moments enjoyed there, as well as getting my shoes rotted on the steps.
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      Reply #27: Mar 15, 2019 01:51:11 pm
      Thanks, Don. I hope that we can both reach 100 and love your idea of free seats. Just about getting my voice back after forty years singing on the KOP. I wonder how many of you were there on the night it was foggy and we could only see to the half way line, The Reds were kicking into the Anfield Road goal, and we heard a cheer as we scored. Up went the chant from the Kop. "Who scored the goal?.. Who scored the goal. "Ee aye addio, who scored the goal?" Back came the  chant from the other end. "Toshack, Toshack." One of the many magic moments enjoyed there, as well as getting my shoes rotted on the steps.

      This story cannot be topped, surely :D That's f**king magnificent.
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      Reply #28: Mar 15, 2019 03:13:14 pm
      9th of December 1967.

      Big battles those days with Leeds. This was a home game .... snow on the ground.
      We were standing in the Kop when their  goalie Gary Sprake ....right in front of us ....went to throw the ball out.
      He didnt!

      As he pulled his outstretched arm back it flew into the net behind him.

      We all started singing "Careless Hands" by Des O Connor.
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      Reply #29: Mar 15, 2019 06:45:59 pm
      Crystal Palace 2-3 Liverpool
      Keegan and 2 from heighway
      Think it was 76 77 or 78 can’t remember was a little pup then
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      Reply #30: Mar 15, 2019 09:10:21 pm
      Thanks, Don. I hope that we can both reach 100 and love your idea of free seats. Just about getting my voice back after forty years singing on the KOP. I wonder how many of you were there on the night it was foggy and we could only see to the half way line, The Reds were kicking into the Anfield Road goal, and we heard a cheer as we scored. Up went the chant from the Kop. "Who scored the goal?.. Who scored the goal. "Ee aye addio, who scored the goal?" Back came the  chant from the other end. "Toshack, Toshack." One of the many magic moments enjoyed there, as well as getting my shoes rotted on the steps.

      I was at Anfield when a similar incident happened but it was Kevin Lewis who scored the goal,he had one hell of a shot.
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      Reply #31: Mar 15, 2019 09:12:47 pm
      9th of December 1967.

      Big battles those days with Leeds. This was a home game .... snow on the ground.
      We were standing in the Kop when their  goalie Gary Sprake ....right in front of us ....went to throw the ball out.
      He didnt!

      As he pulled his outstretched arm back it flew into the net behind him.

      We all started singing "Careless Hands" by Des O Connor.

      I do remember standing on the KOP when Gary Sprake did that.
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      Reply #32: Mar 15, 2019 09:45:19 pm
      Fourbrick do you remember when Blackpool used to have a Duck as their mascot.It was colored Gold or yellow and before kickoff they brought it on the pitch and let it run around the centre circle.
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      Reply #33: Mar 15, 2019 09:55:31 pm
      This story cannot be topped, surely :D That's f**king magnificent.
      Totally agree
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      Reply #34: Mar 15, 2019 09:57:13 pm
      Fourbrick do you remember when Blackpool used to have a Duck as their mascot.It was colored Gold or yellow and before kickoff they brought it on the pitch and let it run around the centre circle.

      :lmao: :lmao: :lmao:
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      Reply #35: Mar 15, 2019 10:03:21 pm
      I do remember standing on the KOP when Gary Sprake did that.

      We were both there Billy over 50 years ago !
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      Reply #36: Mar 16, 2019 10:08:17 am
      I do remember standing on the KOP when Gary Sprake did that.

      I was there as well, Bill. At the time, as well as "Careless hands", the Scaffold were in the charts with 'Thank you very much", which also got a few choruses, of "Thank you very much for giving us a goal, thank you very much, thank very very much" Couldn't stop laughing.

      And yes I remember "Puskas", the Blackpool duck. (Considering the footballer it was named after it was an absolutely brilliant name for a duck!)
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      Reply #37: Mar 16, 2019 10:30:02 am
      Love reading these memories of what it felt like to be an LFC fan in different eras. I find it’s really important that stories from fans of today are shared so that they aren’t forgotten for generations of fans in the future. The Boy’s Pen, the lows of the 50s and the Shankly/Paisley days. As a younger fan who has only supported the club since Houllier, I would have loved to experience snippets of these memories. Thanks for sharing guys.
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      Reply #38: Mar 16, 2019 11:24:17 am
      Stafford Rangers v Liverpool  friendly in the 70’s
      Steve highway with a back heel for one of the goals
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      Reply #39: Mar 16, 2019 02:26:26 pm
      the boys pens moved around Anfield quite a bit I remember it being in both the Anfield road end and the Kop next to the Main stand but then memory is a funny thing isn't it and I might be totally wrong

      Did kids get in free in those days? If so, was it allowed, or were people being lifted over?
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      Reply #40: Mar 16, 2019 02:29:21 pm
      It was the start of the 1947/8 season and the club that seems to stick in my mind the most is Blackpool.On checking the fixtures for that season it must of been Preston north End and in my mind I am mixing up Tom Finney and Stanley Mathews.

      Awesome. What was it like in the pen?
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      Reply #41: Mar 16, 2019 02:38:50 pm
      Thanks, Don. I hope that we can both reach 100 and love your idea of free seats. Just about getting my voice back after forty years singing on the KOP. I wonder how many of you were there on the night it was foggy and we could only see to the half way line, The Reds were kicking into the Anfield Road goal, and we heard a cheer as we scored. Up went the chant from the Kop. "Who scored the goal?.. Who scored the goal. "Ee aye addio, who scored the goal?" Back came the  chant from the other end. "Toshack, Toshack." One of the many magic moments enjoyed there, as well as getting my shoes rotted on the steps.

      Re your shoes...is that a reference to the one part of viewing matches in the old days I can't quite imagine? I've had a few old-timers from various grounds share stories with some variation of people asking "where is the toilet?" and the response: "You're standing in it, mate."

      I'm nostalgic as the next guy, but there's at least one area of progress I don't feel sorry about.  ;D
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      Reply #42: Mar 16, 2019 03:33:33 pm
      Re your shoes...is that a reference to the one part of viewing matches in the old days I can't quite imagine? I've had a few old-timers from various grounds share stories with some variation of people asking "where is the toilet?" and the response: "You're standing in it, mate."

      I'm nostalgic as the next guy, but there's at least one area of progress I don't feel sorry about.  ;D

      In the sixties, a reporter for the Sunday Times was told to visit the Kop, and in the middle of the match he turned to his mate and asked how you go for a pee. His mate said roll up a newspaper up and pee into that. He said  the guy in front will feel it. To which he got the reply "You didn't!"

      Your shoes were guaranteed to last a quarter of the time they should have, due to "urine rot." :-)

      Another favourite memory was coming out of the Kop at the top left stairs. It was like going over the Niagra falls.. You couldn't see where you were going just follow the crowd of thousands all dashing to get to the pub. It's a wonder there weren't serious accidents.
      « Last Edit: Mar 16, 2019 04:24:07 pm by Fourbrick »
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      Reply #43: Mar 16, 2019 04:35:57 pm
      I was 4 when my grandad took me to my first match. I remember him telling me to go to the back ( Annie Road) and climb on the fence with the other lads to see over the crowd.
      That was the timber rails that the corrugated tin was nailed to. Can’t remember who we played that day, just remember we won by the mood.
      Was always intrigued by the Danny Blanchflower advert on the Shredded Wheat box, so always looked for the spurs scores. When I was old enough to go on my own, I never missed a Liverpool v Spurs game for years. Think we went 67 games at Anfield before spurs got a win. Always hoped that record would last for ever😊 That was in 1956 by the way.
      « Last Edit: Mar 16, 2019 04:47:26 pm by GERNS »
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      Reply #44: Mar 16, 2019 04:38:11 pm
      In the sixties, a reporter for the Sunday Times was told to visit the Kop, and in the middle of the match he turned to his mate and asked how you go for a pee. His mate said roll up a newspaper up and pee into that. He said  the guy in front will feel it. To which he got the reply "You didn't!"

      Your shoes were guaranteed to last a quarter of the time they should have, due to "urine rot." :-)

      Another favourite memory was coming out of the Kop at the top left stairs. It was like going over the Niagra falls.. You couldn't see where you were going just follow the crowd of thousands all dashing to get to the pub. It's a wonder there weren't serious accidents.

      « Last Edit: Mar 16, 2019 04:46:16 pm by GERNS »
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      Reply #45: Mar 16, 2019 04:44:48 pm
      9th of December 1967.

      Big battles those days with Leeds. This was a home game .... snow on the ground.
      We were standing in the Kop when their  goalie Gary Sprake ....right in front of us ....went to throw the ball out.
      He didnt!

      As he pulled his outstretched arm back it flew into the net behind him.

      We all started singing "Careless Hands" by Des O Connor.

      Apologies.
      Had already posted first match as being 7th of March 64.
      .................

      This event in 67 was just following the theme of the preceding posts.
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      Reply #46: Mar 16, 2019 04:45:05 pm
      In the sixties, a reporter for the Sunday Times was told to visit the Kop, and in the middle of the match he turned to his mate and asked how you go for a pee. His mate said roll up a newspaper up and pee into that. He said  the guy in front will feel it. To which he got the reply "You didn't!"

      Your shoes were guaranteed to last a quarter of the time they should have, due to "urine rot." :-)

      Another favourite memory was coming out of the Kop at the top left stairs. It was like going over the Niagra falls.. You couldn't see where you were going just follow the crowd of thousands all dashing to get to the pub. It's a wonder there weren't serious accidents.

      It was like the Niagrafalls at half time when hundreds peed against the back wall and it all dripped down the stair well. 🤮
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      Reply #47: Mar 16, 2019 04:48:28 pm
      In the sixties, a reporter for the Sunday Times was told to visit the Kop, and in the middle of the match he turned to his mate and asked how you go for a pee. His mate said roll up a newspaper up and pee into that. He said  the guy in front will feel it. To which he got the reply "You didn't!"

      Your shoes were guaranteed to last a quarter of the time they should have, due to "urine rot." :-)

      Another favourite memory was coming out of the Kop at the top left stairs. It was like going over the Niagra falls.. You couldn't see where you were going just follow the crowd of thousands all dashing to get to the pub. It's a wonder there weren't serious accidents.

      Remember that and struggling to get a ciggy out of your denim jacket pocket with your arms pinned to your sides.
      Interesting parts of girl's anatomies grabbed when we all surged forward.
      May have started my "spec" with a barrier behind me but never finished the game in the same place.
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      Reply #48: Mar 16, 2019 05:26:43 pm
      not sure how old I was but I had to get behind me Dad in the turnstile duck down and push in behind him when I was bigger I would go first and he would push in behind me I used to get shot out of the turnstile like a cannon ball.
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      Reply #49: Mar 16, 2019 06:45:41 pm
      I was there as well, Bill. At the time, as well as "Careless hands", the Scaffold were in the charts with 'Thank you very much", which also got a few choruses, of "Thank you very much for giving us a goal, thank you very much, thank very very much" Couldn't stop laughing.

      And yes I remember "Puskas", the Blackpool duck. (Considering the footballer it was named after it was an absolutely brilliant name for a duck!)

      Puskas was a Hungarian international and played for Real Madrid with DiSteffano the Argentinian.Even in those days Real were splashing the cash around to get the top players.
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      Reply #50: Mar 16, 2019 06:57:08 pm
      Did kids get in free in those days? If so, was it allowed, or were people being lifted over?


      When I first went to Anfield it was an old sixpence (a tanner) and then it went up to nine old pennies to get in the boys pen.Frpm memory a programme cost an old penny.
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      Reply #51: Mar 16, 2019 09:12:52 pm
      Absolutely cracking topic Robby The Z.... Would have been worth starting just to read Fourbrick posts alone, let alone the others here
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      Reply #52: Mar 16, 2019 09:23:16 pm
      I was 4 when my grandad took me to my first match. I remember him telling me to go to the back ( Annie Road) and climb on the fence with the other lads to see over the crowd.
      That was the timber rails that the corrugated tin was nailed to. Can’t remember who we played that day, just remember we won by the mood.
      Was always intrigued by the Danny Blanchflower advert on the Shredded Wheat box, so always looked for the spurs scores. When I was old enough to go on my own, I never missed a Liverpool v Spurs game for years. Think we went 67 games at Anfield before spurs got a win. Always hoped that record would last for ever😊 That was in 1956 by the way.


      Some real magical stories here...Didn't realize that there were so many O.G. on this site.

      Sought have felt like i was one of the oldest posters here. Have to treat you guys with more reverence
      Thank you so much for sharing your experiences with us... It warms my heart, and if you could see me reading these post you would see me grinning from ear to ar

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      Reply #53: Mar 16, 2019 09:43:19 pm
      We used to go to Anfield every week when the 1st team where away the reserve team played at Anfield in front of big crowds.
      On each side of the ground in front of the Stands they posted the half time scores on boards. Going to the reserve games was like an apprenticeship before going to the big games. Back then you would have to get in the ground a couple of hours before kick off to get a good spot. In someway people miss out now just turning up into their reserved seat . We used to watch to see the players come out in their suits to walk on the pitch chatting to each other everyone getting a cheer equally every opponent player got booed.
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      Reply #54: Mar 16, 2019 10:54:44 pm
      1974 FA Cup final was my first. I was 5, and I just remember the vivid green of the pitch and asking if I could sing when we scored.

      Great memories looking through here because anything after about 1977 at Anfield (till 2004) I can remember.
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      Reply #55: Mar 16, 2019 11:00:25 pm
      We lived about a mile from the ground. In fact the glow in the sky from the floodlights at a night game was like something from Close Encounters and the roar when we scored shook the whole area.
      My giant of a grandad took me to my first lot of games when I was about 9 or 10 (73/74)
      He had a season ticket in the Anfield Road end and used to bring in an old milk crate through the turnstiles for me to stand on in front of him against one of the barriers about halfway up the stand behind the goal.
      I can remember how his space was always there each week surrounded by fellow reds who would all know each other by name.
      I remember a game against Doncaster Rovers in the FA Cup which ended 2-2 and that was it.. I was hooked !
      I can also remember going to my first European game against Norwegian outfit Stromsgoset the following year.
      We beat them 11-0  ;D , it was 5-0 at half time !
      My first game with my mates was a paddock view of the UEFA Cup final first leg against FC Brugges in which we dug deep and came back from being 0-2 down. Crowd went nuts that night.. 50,000 of them !

      My first away game was at the infamous Elland Road in 77, Jimmy Case won us the game but that's another story altogether

       
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      Reply #56: Mar 17, 2019 01:02:38 pm
      One of the funniest moments in the Kop, was during an F.A. Cup replay tie against, if I remember correctly, Cardiff.

      Sadly on the way home from the original game, two of our young supporters had been killed in a road accident. So before the replay, the club asked for a two minute silence in their honour. It held beautifully for about a minute and then a lonely kids voice said "Sounds like Goodison, doesn't it!"

      Collapse of silence and the rest of the crowd.
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      Reply #57: Mar 17, 2019 02:15:22 pm
      One of the funniest moments in the Kop, was during an F.A. Cup replay tie against, if I remember correctly, Cardiff.

      Sadly on the way home from the original game, two of our young supporters had been killed in a road accident. So before the replay, the club asked for a two minute silence in their honour. It held beautifully for about a minute and then a lonely kids voice said "Sounds like Goodison, doesn't it!"

      Collapse of silence and the rest of the crowd.

       :)
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      Reply #58: Mar 17, 2019 08:32:23 pm
      Absolutely cracking topic Robby The Z.... Would have been worth starting just to read Fourbrick posts alone, let alone the others here

      Agree on the posts from the old-timers, but also that nobody is in here bitching at one another. All we are saying is ....

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yU0JuE1jTk
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      Reply #59: Mar 17, 2019 08:40:47 pm
      I was there as well, Bill. At the time, as well as "Careless hands", the Scaffold were in the charts with 'Thank you very much", which also got a few choruses, of "Thank you very much for giving us a goal, thank you very much, thank very very much" Couldn't stop laughing.

      And yes I remember "Puskas", the Blackpool duck. (Considering the footballer it was named after it was an absolutely brilliant name for a duck!)

      I watched it roll into the net from the Kop...at first we thought..where did that ball come from. Looking at the round arm throw Sprake used to do you can understand him just not letting go and doing a full turn, with the ball ending up in the net.
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      Reply #60: Mar 17, 2019 08:43:14 pm
      I was 4 when my grandad took me to my first match. I remember him telling me to go to the back ( Annie Road) and climb on the fence with the other lads to see over the crowd.
      That was the timber rails that the corrugated tin was nailed to. Can’t remember who we played that day, just remember we won by the mood.
      Was always intrigued by the Danny Blanchflower advert on the Shredded Wheat box, so always looked for the spurs scores. When I was old enough to go on my own, I never missed a Liverpool v Spurs game for years. Think we went 67 games at Anfield before spurs got a win. Always hoped that record would last for ever😊 That was in 1956 by the way.

      Of course I don't know which game it was for you, but here is a lineup from a random  1956 match, September 29 2-0 win vs. Leicester City. You should remember these (back when the numbers told you where they played on the pitch:

      1 - Tommy Younger
      2 - John Molyneux
      3 - Ronnie Moran
      4 - Roy Saunders
      5 - Laurie Hughes
      6 - Barry Wilkinson
      7 - Billy Liddell (c)
      8 - Eric Anderson
      9 - Louis Bimpson
      10 - Jimmy Melia
      11 - Alan A'Court
      Attendance 41,126

      Goals: Melia (68); Liddell (71)

      Leicester actually won the 2nd Division that season at 61 points. We were third at 53 points.
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      Reply #61: Mar 17, 2019 09:16:59 pm
      The chants from the Kop in those days were priceless..

      Mancheater United...Best in front of the Kop.." Hey there Georgie Best,your a bigger tart than Gordon West"..

      And Charlie George the year after he scored for Arsenal in the cup final.." Oh Charlie,Charlie..Charlie Charlie Charlie...shithouse George"..always remember those two..
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      Reply #62: Mar 18, 2019 08:29:50 am
      If memory serves me right I remember paying £3.50 on the gate for the Kop in the 80s would I be right?
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      Reply #63: Mar 18, 2019 11:29:44 am
      My first one was Tommy Smiths testimonial,think it was 9 all 🤣
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      Reply #64: Mar 18, 2019 11:56:20 am
      If memory serves me right I remember paying £3.50 on the gate for the Kop in the 80s would I be right?

      I remember paying either £4 or £4.50 on the Kop but that might have been U16 prices back in late 80's early 90's.
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      Reply #65: Mar 18, 2019 01:02:11 pm
      I remember paying either £4 or £4.50 on the Kop but that might have been U16 prices back in late 80's early 90's.

      Would make sense I would have been about 15 mid 80s.
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      Reply #66: Mar 19, 2019 01:37:52 pm
      Did lifting kids over the turnstiles happen at Anfield back in the day?
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      Reply #67: Mar 19, 2019 01:54:27 pm
      Charity \ testimonial @ Fir park 1986 motherwell V Liverpool

      The Reds team was arguably one of the best ever.

      Missed the goals for both teams as I was away getting the pies. grrrrr. ;D.
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      Reply #68: Mar 20, 2019 01:33:04 am
      1990, first home game of the season when we were last defending champions, 2-0 win v notts forest, Ian rush hit the post after 11 seconds
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      Reply #69: Mar 20, 2019 11:42:07 pm
      i'm from Australia and came over when i was 21, first game was 1-1 at home against Villa. not the best result but some great memories.. King Kenny in charge, Suarez scores...... Doni in goals?! young Flano getting huge appreciation and support when he came right up where we were to take a throw in or two was magic
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      Reply #70: Mar 21, 2019 07:00:28 pm
      Of course I don't know which game it was for you, but here is a lineup from a random  1956 match, September 29 2-0 win vs. Leicester City. You should remember these (back when the numbers told you where they played on the pitch:

      1 - Tommy Younger
      2 - John Molyneux
      3 - Ronnie Moran
      4 - Roy Saunders
      5 - Laurie Hughes
      6 - Barry Wilkinson
      7 - Billy Liddell (c)
      8 - Eric Anderson
      9 - Louis Bimpson
      10 - Jimmy Melia
      11 - Alan A'Court
      Attendance 41,126

      Goals: Melia (68); Liddell (71)

      Leicester actually won the 2nd Division that season at 61 points. We were third at 53 points.



      You know what Robbie, as my birthday is on Sept 24th, that could well have been the very match. It could well have been s B day pressie.
      As for the lineup, I wouldn’t have a clue now, but some of the names there, I became familiar with as the years went by were,
      Ronnie Moran. Laurie Hughs. Billy Liddell. Jimmy Melia and Alan A’court.
      Cheers for that.
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      Reply #71: Mar 21, 2019 09:23:38 pm

      You know what Robbie, as my birthday is on Sept 24th, that could well have been the very match. It could well have been s B day pressie.
      As for the lineup, I wouldn’t have a clue now, but some of the names there, I became familiar with as the years went by were,
      Ronnie Moran. Laurie Hughs. Billy Liddell. Jimmy Melia and Alan A’court.
      Cheers for that.

      Laurie Hughes had a chip shop in Litherland when he retired from football.he was a centre half in old money and I can still picture him with his hair  plastered with brylcream and not a hair out of place.He got in a bit of trouble with the law and from memory it had to do with cigarettes.Laurie was a scouser and was an England international as well.Glad to see my all time hero Billy Liddell get a mention as well.
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      Reply #72: Mar 21, 2019 10:16:56 pm
      Did lifting kids over the turnstiles happen at Anfield back in the day?

      I have memories of squeezing through with my Dad.
      Back in them days, a lot of blokes used to wear a suit and overcoat, and he used to throw it over me as a joke that he was hiding me.

      It was a lot different back then.
      A nod and a wink, and that was it.
      Of course the game wasn't all about money then, either.
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      Reply #73: Mar 21, 2019 11:37:32 pm

      You know what Robbie, as my birthday is on Sept 24th, that could well have been the very match. It could well have been s B day pressie.
      As for the lineup, I wouldn’t have a clue now, but some of the names there, I became familiar with as the years went by were,
      Ronnie Moran. Laurie Hughs. Billy Liddell. Jimmy Melia and              Alan A’court.
      Cheers for that.

      Alan A Court was at Prescot Grammar ( well before me ....started there the year after I was born)

      Born Rainhill joined the Reds from Prescot Cables at 18.

      Was sold in 1964 to Tranmere Rovers.

      Passed away in 2009. R.I.P.
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      Reply #74: Mar 22, 2019 08:59:33 am
      Monday April 8th 1974 Division 1
      Sheffield United 1-0 Liverpool

      1   Ray Clemence   
      2   Tommy Smith   
      3   Alec Lindsay   
      4   Phil Thompson
      5   Peter Cormack   
      6   Emlyn Hughes (c)
      7   Kevin Keegan   
      8   Brian Hall
      9   Steve Heighway   
      10   John Toshack   
      11   Ian Callaghan   

      I was 12 and gutted that we lost and wasn't taken to another game by my Uncle as I was considered a bad omen!
      it was a good season overall as the scum were relegated !
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      Reply #75: Mar 22, 2019 12:43:25 pm
      Monday April 8th 1974 Division 1
      Sheffield United 1-0 Liverpool

      1   Ray Clemence   
      2   Tommy Smith   
      3   Alec Lindsay   
      4   Phil Thompson
      5   Peter Cormack   
      6   Emlyn Hughes (c)
      7   Kevin Keegan   
      8   Brian Hall
      9   Steve Heighway   
      10   John Toshack   
      11   Ian Callaghan   

      I was 12 and gutted that we lost and wasn't taken to another game by my Uncle as I was considered a bad omen!
      it was a good season overall as the scum were relegated !
      And we won the cup!
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      Reply #76: Mar 22, 2019 01:37:43 pm
      My first game in attendance was the FA Cup in January 2012.

      I was in the Kop for a last minute Dirk Kuyt winner when the King was back in charge.

      It was the time around the Evra/Suarez debacle.
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      Reply #77: Mar 22, 2019 01:39:55 pm
      Monday April 8th 1974 Division 1
      Sheffield United 1-0 Liverpool

      1   Ray Clemence   
      2   Tommy Smith   
      3   Alec Lindsay   
      4   Phil Thompson
      5   Peter Cormack   
      6   Emlyn Hughes (c)
      7   Kevin Keegan   
      8   Brian Hall
      9   Steve Heighway   
      10   John Toshack   
      11   Ian Callaghan   

      I was 12 and gutted that we lost and wasn't taken to another game by my Uncle as I was considered a bad omen!
      it was a good season overall as the scum were relegated !

      No idea why, but I always forget Peter Cormack.
      Odd because he was a really good player.
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      Reply #78: Mar 22, 2019 02:22:29 pm
      My first game in attendance was the FA Cup in January 2012.

      I was in the Kop for a last minute Dirk Kuyt winner when the King was back in charge.

      It was the time around the Evra/Suarez debacle.

      I was at that game against the Mancs in the Paddock which I hate as you watch it knee height but Evra got some stick at least.
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      Reply #79: Mar 23, 2019 06:52:30 am
      No idea why, but I always forget Peter Cormack.
      Odd because he was a really good player.

      Bill Shankly reckoned that Peter Cormack was the missing piece in the jigsaw.You are right he was a good player.
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      Reply #80: Mar 23, 2019 12:22:19 pm
      Bill Shankly reckoned that Peter Cormack was the missing piece in the jigsaw.You are right he was a good player.

      One of those midfielders that just seemed to have a bit of extra time and space.
      He was a good passer as well, but it seems a lot of what he did went unnoticed. one of those players who you don't realise how important he is until he's not there.
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      Reply #81: Mar 23, 2019 01:37:14 pm
      No idea why, but I always forget Peter Cormack.
      Odd because he was a really good player.

      as was Bobby Graham who often gets over looked. Another Great Scot who brought a touch of class and goals to the team.
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      Reply #82: Mar 23, 2019 02:07:15 pm
      as was Bobby Graham who often gets over looked. Another Great Scot who brought a touch of class and goals to the team.

      Definetely.
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      Reply #83: Mar 23, 2019 11:29:07 pm
      as was Bobby Graham who often gets over looked. Another Great Scot who brought a touch of class and goals to the team.

      First Liverpool player to score a European goal.. His brother, Frazer, is a mate of mine at my golf club.
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      Reply #84: Mar 24, 2019 01:15:04 am
      First Liverpool player to score a European goal.. His brother, Frazer, is a mate of mine at my golf club.

      Didn't Graham  go to Coventry with St John.
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      Reply #85: Mar 24, 2019 10:16:14 am
      Didn't Graham  go to Coventry with St John.

      think he played for Tranmere too. Silky smooth player. I think he would have been one of those players who would have excelled in todays game especially playing on todays perfect pitches
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      Reply #86: Mar 24, 2019 12:52:54 pm
      Liverpool vs Aston Villa, 3-3 27th September 1986. Great Experience and had me hooked from then on. My brother managed to break one of the seats in the main stand. John Wark scores two I seem to remember.
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      Reply #87: Mar 24, 2019 03:00:26 pm
      Liverpool vs Aston Villa, 3-3 27th September 1986. Great Experience and had me hooked from then on. My brother managed to break one of the seats in the main stand. John Wark scores two I seem to remember.

      great post mate and another player who was a quiet genius John Wark .He hardly gets a mention but what a player he was.
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      Reply #88: Mar 24, 2019 06:43:30 pm
      great post mate and another player who was a quiet genius John Wark .He hardly gets a mention but what a player he was.

      Think Tommy Smith threatened to break his legs when he went past Smith a couple of times in his early days at Ipswich.

      Made me laugh when I read the story.
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      Reply #89: Mar 25, 2019 01:51:54 pm
      great post mate and another player who was a quiet genius John Wark .He hardly gets a mention but what a player he was.
      Be worth a fortune these days; a midfielder who scored lots of goals (be nice to have the likes again!).
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      Reply #90: Mar 25, 2019 07:52:36 pm
      1987 Liverpool v Denmark believe it or not....I'd have been  8 years old remember it vividly sat in the old Anfield Road end when there was still a standing section in the corner of Anny road and Kemlyn road stands  for away fans. I can proudly say like the song I watched the King Kenny play...
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      Reply #91: Mar 26, 2019 11:28:52 am
      1987 Liverpool v Denmark believe it or not....I'd have been  8 years old remember it vividly sat in the old Anfield Road end when there was still a standing section in the corner of Anny road and Kemlyn road stands  for away fans. I can proudly say like the song I watched the King Kenny play...

      It was a friendly obviously. Might've been connected to Jan Molby's transfer as he was a LFC player at the time as he turned out for the Denmark select X1. Ken DeMange played for Liverpool but during his 4 years here he never played a recognised first team game.

      https://www.lfchistory.net/SeasonArchive/FriendlyGame/8171

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