Tag: Liverpool

Parking The Coach: Liverpool & The Anfield Boot Room

For more than a quarter of the Twentieth Century, English football was dominated by a new way of thinking. A Socialist revolution that inspired dedication, simplicity and some of the most breathtakingly brilliant, instinctive and organic football that Europe had ever seen. This side were not halted by changes in playing staff, nor managerial switches. On four occasions the reins would change hands without so much as a blip or interruption to their accumulation of titles, accolades and awards. It was a system so holistic, so deceptively simple and enduring, that every rival club studiously ignored it with flying...

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Video of the Day: Liverpool vs Arsenal, April 1977

Liverpool continue their Champions League adventure with the return leg of their qualifying match against Hoffenheim this evening carrying a slender leg into the second leg. As such, it’s impossible to resist the temptation to go back to a time when the club was at the cusp of a period of its history that would see it win the European Cup four times in seven years. Towards the end of the 1976/77 season, the club was honing in on its second consecutive Football League title. Having pipped Queens Park Rangers to the post at the end of the previous...

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Hillsborough: Full Exposure Required

News of “another” Hillsborough documentary may have installed “Hillsborough fatigue” in observers of the on-going fight for justice for the 1989 stadium disaster victims, the 96 who died and families, survivors and witnesses whose reputations were thrashed to divert blame from police. I had an inner monologue on whether “Hillsborough fatigue” was insensitive terminology and wearily wondered “what now?” before Peter Marshall’s 48-minute film “Hillsborough, Smears, Survivors and the search for truth,” the December 12th episode of ITV’s current affairs series “Exposure.” The excellent film had the answer, “new evidence about what happened next” in “a tragedy still untold,”...

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Podcast 69: Liverpool’s Class of ’88

This week’s 200% podcast is going back to the 1987/88 season, and perhaps the greatest English club team of all time. Liverpool won the First Division at a canter that year, but they couldn’t win the double and this high point came shortly before the beginning of a period of tragedy and decline for the club. But still, what a team, although Ian has his doubts that they would have been able to compete with the extraordinary Milan team of the era had English clubs been allowed to enter European competitions. That, however, is more a reflection on how...

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Colin Murray, Liverpool & Integrity

This year hasn’t been a very good year for integrity. No matter which side of the political schism that is currently playing out like an episode of House of Cards on mescaline you currently sit, the very idea that there are people left in the public sphere that can still act with a degree of principle has come to feel like a relic of a bygone age, like going to take the bins out and coming across a sabre-toothed tiger jumping over the wall into next door’s garden. As it is in politics, so it is in professional football....

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