Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Somewhere a Liver Bird is Weeping


This morning I posted the Dear Mr Hicks video just as news was breaking that the Liverpool board had accepted a bid from New England Sports Ventures for the club and I went off to work in a daze.  I said after the Blackpool result I'd never been so depressed after a game in October, today I was fighting back tears.

A few more hours has allowed everyone the chance to think about the news that's coming out of Anfield, here are my thoughts in a nut shell.

  • It's good news that Hicks and Gillett are, it would seem, on their way.
  • The noises coming from the Chairman, Martin Broughton, sound promising.
  • That Hicks is still trying to block the deal is a disgrace, he actually seems to want to take the club down.
  • More American owners leaves us all worried that this is jumping from the fire to a bigger fire.
  • It's business men taking over, not football men.  That's a concern.  Yes they invest in sport, know how to build a stadium, but do they really understand the history and tradition of Liverpool Football Club?
  • Why do I feel like this is all going to go very wrong?

Liverpool Football Club is one of the most important things in my life.  It has been since I was thirteen, and twenty four years later, that's not going to change and never will.  Wherever this latest path takes us I'll stand by the side, but today the soul of the club feels like it's taken a big hit.  We've become a pantomime at the bottom end of the League, my pride in being a Liverpool fan has taken a massive dent but if the new owners do turn the club around I'll be the first to thank them.

A milkman who's round takes him past Anfield every morning told of the tingle up his spine he gets every morning, as he drives past, but how for the last two weeks all he's felt is sad.

@EatMyHalo wrote a great piece this afternoon that had tears stinging my eyes.  Go read it.  

Whatever happens next our image as a football club has been tarnished by events of the last two days.  That's what hurts the most.


Outside the Shankly Gates
I heard a Kopite calling :
Shankly they have taken you away
But you left a great eleven
Before you went to heaven
Now it's glory round the Fields of Anfield Road.
All round the Fields of Anfield Road
Where once we watched the King Kenny play (and he could play)
We had Heighway on the wing
We had dreams and songs to sing Of the glory round the Fields of Anfield
Road
Outside the Paisley Gates
I heard a Kopite calling:
Paisley they have taken you away..
You led the great 11
Back in Rome in 77
And the redmen they are still playing the same way
All round the Fields of Anfield Road
Where once we watched the King Kenny play (and he could play)
We had Heighway on the wing
We had dreams and songs to sing
Of the glory round the Fields of Anfield Road