PART 1 – Rob
Goons v LFC FArce Cup Time
We havent faced the Goons in the FArce cup since 16 Feb 2014 and we lost that 2-1. PFFFFFFT, Voldemort and Lovren were to blame that day.
In the past 24 games against them we have a pretty decent record, won – 11 drawn – 8 lost – 5
Not saying this is a foregone but the odds are in our favour-ish. We owe this next few games to Mo to show we dont need him to be our best player all the time.
Its time for DARWIIIIIIIN to step out of Mo’s shadow and become the player he was meant to be.
He has shown glimpses of how good he really can be and is an absolute nightmare for defenders with how he drags them out of position and gives them probably the biggest headache apart from Mo and that blonde twat over at cheats. Our other forwards have been picking up the pace in recent games as well with DIOGOOOOOOAL back and seemingly in form and Diaz also getting back to his best.
Gakkers, CJ and HARVtime have also been at the races and for a froward line up its unusual to have them all mostly in form. Its the MF we have worries tbh and with Slobby picking up a niggle and MacAl just back we could struggle there as Endo (who imo has been the most improved player this season by far) is on his travels for a few weeks, GRRRR.
another IMO is moving JoGo to a 6 position and going with a back 3 of VVD, BigIbou and TAA possibly.
my chosen line up
TAA – VVD – BigIbou
HARVtime – MacAl – CJ
Gakkers – DARWIIIIN – Diaz.
CHEERS – ROB
PART 2 – GEOFF/PIERRE
The magic of the FA Cup?
It’s 3rd round time once more with a diificult away tie in North London, and to be honest I don’t have a clue how seriousy both clubs will take it.It’s a far cry from how my passion for the FA Cup began so many years ago now.
I wasn’t alone in my home town as a football daft child, there were lots of us, if we weren’t kicking a ball about on our local team’s pitch before being chased off by the ground caretaker we probably watching Connah’s Quay Nomads in one of the Welsh leagues or getting a bus or train to watch Chester or Wrexham to watch league football, and that’s where it really started , the magic of The Cup…
The draw for the 3rd round was eagerly anticipated, hoping to see a First Division club and their famous players coming to town, unforunately it didn’t happen too often, although a trip to Old Trafford in the 3rd round in 1964 saw lowly Chester take a 1-0 lead before eventually losing 1-2 , we were gutted.
Fast forward a couple of years and I was now working with guys older than me, and they had cars…” do you want to come to Anfield with us on Saturday”, too bloody right I did, and that was it, a whole new football chapter began.
I didn’t miss many home games, I even had a Kop season ticket, FA Cup games came and went, the Reds having won their first FA Cup in 1965 didn’t make the final again until 1971, and I had a ticket for the final-against the Arsenal, a dream come true at last, going to Wembley for the final, the walk down Wembley Way, a blaze of colour , a sea of red and white from both sets of fans on a beautiful May afternoon. Entering the stadiium was an ambition achieved, the build up had started, the songs of the travelling Kop, the traditional Abide With Me had me close to tears, and then the kick off…
Things went off scale when Stevie Heighway opened the scoring then , went flat ,and even flatter when Charlie George score the wiiner, devastation set in, it was a tortuous journey home.
Then in ’74 we got to the Final again, I journeyed down with a a groups of guys from Liverpool, everyone a character, a few beers in London before getting the tube to Wembley, along with lots of Geordies who were really up for this game and from what I remember we were both enjoyimg the camaraderie , great fans, who had a lot in common with Scousers.
Things went much better this time around the Reds never seriously troubled and came out 3-0 winners, what no one realised then that it was to be the very last game ( I think) before Shanks dropped an almighty bombshell on July 12 th, my birthday) and resigned, what a way to remember your birthday.
That was my last final, I saw other cup matches, but I let my season ticket go due to work commitments , then of course tickets became really diificult to get hold of. I only saw our other finals on TV, but the wins against our neighbours were memorable, as was beating our next opponents in Cardiff.
So, the cup does still hold it’s magic for me, and maybe I am living in the past, but I guarantee if we get to this final or any other then those who get a ticket and make the journey to Wembley will almost certainly see it as one of the most memorable occasions of their lives as supporters of the club, and that is a privelige in itself. Good luck to who ever gets chosen to play against the Gooners, and do the club proud by giving it your all.
Cheers fellas, Geoff.