Tag: Liverpool

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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Video of the Day: West Bromwich Albion vs Liverpool, February 1981

Neither West Bromwich Albion nor Liverpool have a great deal to play for when they take the pitch at The Hawthorns on Sunday afternoon. West Browwich Albion have been just about safe from relegation all season and are settled comfortably into a non-threatening mid-table position, whilst Liverpool might well be forgiven for being primarily focused on their upcoming Europa League final against Sevilla, a match which offers the club the chance of a piece of silverware as well as a place in the Champions League for next season. This morning, then, we rewind three and a half decades to...

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The Hillsborough Denier

“Tony from Hanwell” was weird from the get-go during the BBC Radio London Early Breakfast Show’s Wednesday discussion on the Hillsborough verdict. “Do you like my voice?” he asked relentlessly good-natured presenter Nikki Bedi. “Croaky…deep…baritone…” he continued. And creepy though this opening gambit was, it was by some distance the highpoint of his contribution. I once heard the phrase “my freedom to swing my arm ends just before the end of your nose.” I believe in an equivalent limit on freedom of speech and Tony exceeded that limit. “Everybody’s entitled to an opinion,” Bedi said when Tony left the...

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Video of the Day: Liverpool vs Swansea City, October 1981

It is, of course, a complete coincidence, but this afternoon at The Liberty Stadium Liverpool will play Swansea City shortly after a highly emotional time for the time, and it’s not the first time that this has happened. When the Swans were last in the First Division, the newly-promoted and high flying Swans were the team that were making the trip to Anfield for the first home match since the death of legendary manager Bill Shankly. Shankly had died following a heart attack on the twenty-sixth of September 1981 at the age of sixty-eight, and his funeral came the...

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