web analytics

The Fields of Anfield Road

Written By: - Date published: 8:05 am, April 14th, 2014 - 38 comments
Categories: uncategorized - Tags:

Another great day at the Goose, watching Liverpool come back to beat Manchester City in one of the crucial derby matches that will decide the Premier League winner.  The thing I like most at the minute about Liverpool is their purpose-driven directness – no pusillanimous reliance on permutation for the Reds.

It came on the day the tragedy at Hillsbrook was commemorated, and there could be no greater tribute to that than the spirit of the present team and their coach Brendan Rogers. It has set Anfield Road alight and that in turn drives the team on at crucial moments as it did today.

In complete contrast I went yesterday to the FA Cup semi-final and watched another red team with 82,000 others at Wembley, in the midst of Arsenal supporters chanting about “the greatest team the world has ever seen” and harking back to 1949 when they went undefeated. The football was rubbish, their main distributor was the centre-back who passed everything across the field, and the outcome was decided by the penalty lottery. I’m picking Everton will overtake them for the European League place.

I wasn’t alone in my assessment of that game Arsenal was described here as “sluggish and unimaginative.”

But unlike at Athenry there was no loneliness at Anfield Road today. YNWA.

38 comments on “The Fields of Anfield Road”

  1. Kevin Welsh 1

    The Hillsborough disaster was on April 15th 1989, Mike. The commemorations are on Tuesday UK time.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 1.1

      …What a moment it was for this club, commemorating the 25th anniversary of Hillsborough, when Philippe Coutinho drew back his right foot…

      The Guardian, seven hours ago.

    • Enough is Enough 1.2

      Kevin, Commeroarations were held at every Premier League game over the weekend just gone. They all began six minutes late with one minutes silenece before kick off.

      • Kevin Welsh 1.2.1

        Not trying to be pedantic, but the OFFICIAL comemorations are being held on Tuesday UK time, on the anniversary. Teams quite often signify events by wearing black armbands (eg: the Munich Disaster), but no-one would confuse them with the OFFICIAL comemorations.

        The issue I have here is that this post is so full of errors it is laughable, and ANYONE who follows The EPL would agree, eg: the undefeated Arsenal team was in 2003-2004.

        And then to sign off a post, so full of errors, with YNWA, just makes my fucking blood boil to be honest.

        • Enough is Enough 1.2.1.1

          Well I will be pedantic and point out that he never said anything about the commeorations that took place across the UK during the weekend being OFFICIAL. But if you went to any game you would have picked that the tragedy was being comemorated at every game over the weekend. So he was correct

          For both of you the reference to 49 which the fans make is to the streak. 49 games undefeated in 2003-2004. So just a misintepretation.

          But he was absolutley correct in that he referred to Arseanl being sluggish. That semi final was torture to watch and it was really terrible that Arsenal relied on the loterry of a penalty shoot out to put away a Championship side.

  2. Ennui 2

    English Premiership football is, as a competition crap. The reason for this is that the big clubs get enormous amounts of cash playing in the European competitions, with which they buy players of such skill and ability that the rest of the Premiership cant compete.

    Man City…..have a look at their squad, is there a local English player? Is there a non high end international player? If so he is in a minority. Ditto Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Everton, United, Spurs.

    Next tier down, Saints, Newcastle, Villa etc, good teams but they will never have the cash to compete because “European” football has entrenched the divide. Could you imagine a Leeds United, Derby County or Notts Forest, with a Brian Clough type ever thrilling us again?

    Having said that, well done the Scousers!

  3. Tracey 3

    anyone but the arse and chelsea.

    the other semi was a cracker

  4. Papa Tuanuku 4

    who cares? if i wanted soccor updates, id move to england.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 4.1

      😆 +1

    • Paul 4.2

      Just proof of how people get distracted by sport and forget the important stuff.
      In NZ it’s rugby that’s used to divert…..

      • One Anonymous Bloke 4.2.1

        Soccer is the dullest spectator sport imaginable, it’s worth remembering Hillsborough though, which still reverberates as a deeply political tragedy.

          • One Anonymous Bloke 4.2.1.1.1

            I always figured it was the “Lampard passes to Dullard, Dullard passes to Lampard, Lampard passes to Dullard, Dullard passes to Lampard…” ad nauseam “playing” “style” that renders it unwatchable, but I may have missed the finer points because I stopped watching about five minutes after I started and that was last century.

            • Tracey 4.2.1.1.1.1

              monty pyhtons world cup of philosophers… pits germany against greece… comedy and philisophical gold.

            • Morrissey 4.2.1.1.1.2

              ….ad nauseam “playing” “style” that renders it unwatchable,

              Bullshit. Your comments lack substance as well as finesse and wit.

              …. but I may have missed the finer points

              Well, you got THAT right, at least. At least you’re dimly aware you know nothing.

              …. because I stopped watching

              What DO you watch, then? If you find sports so boring, what DOES tickle your imagination?

        • Morrissey 4.2.1.2

          Soccer is the dullest spectator sport imaginable…

          Rubbish. Have you ever watched American football? (Clearly you haven’t watched any soccer matches.)

    • Populuxe1 4.3

      +1 and even then I wouldn’t want soccer updates

    • Tracey 4.4

      so dont click on the thread.

    • logie97 4.5

      Must be sad to live with such negativity. Care to share which sport created or popularised by the colonial fathers you watch or participate in?

  5. Haven’t really followed the EPL for a few years (not wanting sky), but Sommet on freeview 14 now show LFC TV and CFC TV, so have watched a few games this season.
    Not wanting to wait for title decider part 1 delayed broadcast 7pm tonight, I found a live stream on the net and sat through this one, and it was well worth it too.
    I don’t know if it’s always the case, but if anyone’s interested in sitting up through the small hours watching footie, try http://www.tsmplug.com/football/ for free to net action.

  6. Craig Glen Eden 6

    As a Man U supporter I have enjoyed watching Liverpool this season they certainly have played some beautiful Football and I think they probably deserve to be the Champions this year, just remember though Mike it aint over till its over! Should they win I will be happy for you Mike and all my mates and family members who have had to wait so long for the title of Champions.Its been great getting some cheek from Liverpool supporters when I have been out and about in my ManU shirts Ive missed that from the Scouser’s.Lets hope we have some other Reds winning latter on this year oh and some Green to of coarse.

  7. kiwigunner 7

    Obviously I have no time for Liverpool, but in this case I want them to be champions for Steven Gerrard. A one club man in a time of mercenaries (van Persie? Nasri?). Hillsborough is totally political now because the police were not very honest and the newspapers acted terribly. But mostly because the rich in football happily herded thousands of poor fans like cattle until it just proved too much. Add in Maggie Thatchers England as the backdrop of the tension and upheaval in the UK at the time and you have an ugly seething mess, a terrible tragedy and inevitable outcome.

  8. joe90 8

    I have a confession to make. Chelsea had lost 1-0 to Southampton so off I went with my halfwit mates and a few locals I worked with to witness history. at the Stamford Bridge re-match a few days later.

    Chelsea lost 3-0 so the result of first and only game I’ve ever been to was a little disappointing but everything else was absolutely fabulous. The tube ride to the game, the atmosphere, the people, the crowd and the goings on during the after-match commiserations seemed beyond surreal and today when I see coverage of an EPL game the whole experience seems just like yesterday. And that’s why I’m a Chelsea supporter.

    • logie97 8.1

      …so Everton to beat City, and Chelsea win their remaining games and it will be the only time this year that a team (sporting or political) wearing blue will be celebrated here – though either Auckland or Otago would be okay as well .

      • joe90 8.1.1

        With my kiss of death expertise I’m almost too scared to image what may be…..

    • Ennui 8.2

      Joe you great noodle…Chelsea fan erggghhhh!!!!!!!! I am proudly a Saints man, paternal home town. That is probably the last time we beat Chelsea twice in a season, the legendary Mick Channon scored in both games. Have a look at the team lists, solidly local. Nowadays Southampton could not afford a Channon.

      • logie97 8.2.1

        … may be wrong but I seem to recall that Channon was as much a gold-digger as any in the topflight. Have a feeling he changed clubs regularly. Of course Lawrie McMenemy was a very popular coach and television regular – footballs answer to Reginald Bousenquet.

        Of course Chelsea had that brilliant winger who caused fullbacks nightmares – Charlie Cooke – here’s a reminder
        http://pesstatsdatabase.com/viewtopic.php?f=183&t=7562

        • kiwigunner 8.2.1.1

          Logie is a great name in Arsenal history though of the 50’s vintage rather than 97. He played in the 1950 FA Cup final versus Liverpool setting up a goal with a quickly taken free kick to Reg Lewis who scored again in the 2-0 win. Trainspotter – you bet!

  9. Marksman33 9

    YNWA,YNWA,Go on you REDS.

  10. Corokia 10

    BTW Arsenal is in the FA cup final :-).

  11. georgecom 11

    Mike. A few comments to make.

    Firstly, I feel sorry for the EPL trophy. At the end of the season it is going to be removed from it’s home at Old Trafford and relocated to a foster home with either light blue or red parents. That will be devastating for the poor trophy, ripped from its parents and sent to live in probably the 2 worst households in the entire Premiership.

    In terms of who you would want to win the league, those 2 would come last. It’s really a nightmare scenario. The scariest thing perhaps, Liverpool may destroy a quarter century of history. Maybe roughly 30-40% of the worlds population were born AFTER Liverpool last won the English first/premier division. 16 years and counting…17 years and counting…23 years and counting…has such a nice ring to it.

    Regards Hillsborough. I mused on that today and thought about the loss of life of football fans, mums and dads, kids, decent folk killed in a tragedy when all they wanted to enjoy football.

    It’ll be 30 years of the Heysel tragedy next year as well. Some irony I guess, again, some decent football fans killed amidst the rumbling of scum Liverpool ‘fans’ and some scum Juventus ‘fans’.

    Liverpool fans lost loved ones in the first. Scum supporters of Liverpool caused others to lose loved ones in the second.

    2 tragedies connected through one football club, decent human being with a love of football lost on both occasions.

Leave a Comment

Show Tags

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Bring back the Mental Health Commission
    The People’s Mental Health Review is a much needed wake up call for the Government on mental health, says the Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little.   “I applaud their proposal to restore a Mental Health Commission and their call for ...
    7 hours ago
  • And the band played on…
    Making Amy Adams the Housing Minister five months out from the election is just the orchestra playing on as National’s Titanic housing crisis slips below the waves – along with the hopes and dreams of countless Kiwi families, says Labour’s ...
    7 hours ago
  • Hotel no place for children in care
    ...
    3 days ago
  • Maybe not, Minister? Nick Smith’s housing measure suppressed
    Sir Humphrey: Minister, remember the Housing Affordability Measure work you asked us to prepare back in 2012? Well, it’s ready now.Minister Smith: Oh goodie, what does it say?Sir Humphrey: Nothing.Minister Smith: Nothing?Sir Humphrey: Well, sir, you asked us to prepare ...
    3 days ago
  • Inflation data shows many New Zealanders are worse off under National
    The latest inflation data from Statistics New Zealand shows that too many New Zealanders are now worse off under the National Government, said Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson “Consumer Price Inflation (CPI) is now running at 2.2 per cent, and ...
    4 days ago
  • Another emergency housing grant blow out
      Emergency housing grants data released today show another blow out in spending on putting homeless people up in motels, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.   ...
    4 days ago
  • Families struggle as hardship grants increase
    The considerable increase in hardship grants shows that more and more Kiwi families are struggling to put food on the table and pay for basic schooling, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni. ...
    4 days ago
  • More tinkering, no leadership from Nats on immigration
    National’s latest tinkering with the immigration system is another attempt to create the appearance of action without actually doing anything meaningful, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. ...
    5 days ago
  • Suicide figures make for grim reading
    The 506 suspected suicides of Kiwis who have been in the care of mental health services in the last four years show that these services are under severe stress, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark.   “If you do the ...
    6 days ago
  • Pay equity deal a victory for determination and unions
    The pay equity settlement revealed today for around 55,000 low-paid workers was hard-won by a determined Kristine Bartlett backed by her union, up against sheer Government resistance to paying Kiwis their fair share, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. “Labour welcomes ...
    6 days ago
  • DHB’s forced to make tough choices
    The Minister of Health today admitted that the country’s District Health Boards were having to spend more than their ring fenced expenditure on Mental Health, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark.   “The situation is serious with Capital and Coast ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Nats break emergency housing pledge – deliver just five more places
    Despite National’s promises of 2,200 emergency housing beds, just 737 were provided in the March Quarter, an increase of only five from six months earlier, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Research underlines need for KiwiBuild
    New research showing the social and fiscal benefits of homeownership underlines the need for a massive government-backed building programme like KiwiBuild, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Social data security review too little, too late
    The independent review into the Ministry of Social Development’s individual client level data IT system is too little, too late, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni. “The Minister of Social Development has finally seen some sense and called for ...
    2 weeks ago
  • More questions raised on CERA conflicts
    With the admission that three more former CERA staff members are under suspicion of not appropriately managing conflicts of interest related to the Canterbury rebuild, it’s imperative that CERA’s successor organisation Ōtākaro fronts up to Parliamentary questions, says Labour’s Canterbury ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour to tackle Hutt housing crisis
    Labour will build a mix of 400 state houses and affordable KiwiBuild homes in the Hutt Valley in its first term in government to tackle the housing crisis there, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. “Housing in the Hutt ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Farewell to John Clarke
    This wonderfully talented man has been claimed by Australia, but how I remember John Clarke is as a young Wellington actor who performed satirical pieces in a show called “Knickers” at Downstage Theatre. The show featured other future luminaries like ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    2 weeks ago
  • Valedictory Speech
    Te papa pounamu Aotearoa NZ Karanga karanga karanga; Nga tupuna Haere haere haere; Te kahui ora te korowai o tenei whare; E tu e tu ... tutahi tonu Ki a koutou oku hoa mahi ki Te Kawanatanga; Noho mai noho ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Buck stops with Gerry Brownlee
    The fact that the State Services Commission has referred the CERA conflict of interest issue to the Serious Fraud Office is a positive move, but one that raises serious questions about the Government’s oversight of the rebuild, says Labour Canterbury ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Teachers deserve a democratic Education Council
    Teachers around New Zealand reeling from the news that their registration fees could more than double will be even angrier that the National Government has removed their ability to have any say about who sits on the Council that sets ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Free trade backers are simply out of touch
    Are the backers of free trade out of touch with public opinion? This was the question asked when the Chartered Accountants launched their Future of Trade study. I was astonished by the answer in a room of free trade enthusiasts ...
    GreensBy Barry Coates
    2 weeks ago
  • John Clarke aka Fred Dagg will be missed by all Kiwis
    The man who revolutionised comedy on both sides of the Tasman, John Clarke, will be sadly missed by Kiwis and Aussies alike, says the Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little.   “I grew up with Fred Dagg and I am ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s modern approach to monetary policy
    A commitment to full employment and a more transparent process to provide market certainty are the hallmarks of Labour’s proposals for a new approach to monetary policy, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Greens back Labour’s plan for monetary policy reform
    Labour plans to change the way we do monetary policy in New Zealand and the Green Party supports them fully. We’re now of a single mind on this. Labour will move away from our reliance on a single, unelected person ...
    GreensBy robert.ashe
    2 weeks ago
  • Greens back Labour’s monetary policy reform
    Labour plans to change the way we do monetary policy in New Zealand and the Green Party supports them fully. We’re now of a single mind on this. Labour will move away from our reliance on a single, unelected person ...
    GreensBy James Shaw
    2 weeks ago
  • Govt drops ball on Masters Games housing squeeze
    Families currently living in emergency accommodation face being forced out onto the street as motel accommodation in Auckland is filled up by contestants and visitors of the World Masters Games in coming weeks, says Labours social development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • State inquiry for Nga Morehu – The Survivors of State Abuse
    The Prime Minister must show humanitarian leadership and launch an independent inquiry into historic claims of abuse of children who were in State care, says Labour’s Deputy Leader Jacinda Ardern. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Coleman – ‘overwhelmed by disinterest’ and ‘conked out’
    Today’s trenchant criticism of the Government’s health policy by Ian Powell the executive director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists must trigger action by the Minister, says Labour’s spokesperson for Health David Clark. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Statement on Syria
    Like the rest of the world, I have been horrified at the chemical attack on innocent Syrians that led to the deaths of so many men, women and children,” says Labour Leader Andrew Little. “The deliberate attack on civilians as ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The hard truth about that soft drink ad
    I am relieved that Pepsi has pulled its ridiculous commercial that obscenely co-opted the #BlackLivesMatter movement. At the very least, it was an awkward failure that tried too hard to be something it could never be. At its worst, it ...
    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    2 weeks ago
  • Journalism Matters: Interesting the public in the public interest
    Last week I launched two policies to support Kiwi journalism because as Bill Moyers put it, “the quality of democracy and the quality of journalism is deeply intertwined.” Journalism matters because it’s how we discover what’s happening in our world, ...
    GreensBy Gareth Hughes
    2 weeks ago
  • Homeownership rate hits new low; KiwiBuild needed now
    The homeownership rate has fallen to just 63.1 per cent, according to Statistics New Zealand’s newly released Dwelling and Household estimates. That’s down three per cent under National to the lowest level since 1951, confirming the need for Labour’s KiwiBuild ...
    2 weeks ago
  • OECD endorses Labour’s Future of Work approach
    An OECD report released today, highlighting the need for increased support for workers who are made redundant, is a strong endorsement of the direction of Labour’s Future of Work Commission, says Labour’s Employment spokesperson Grant Robertson. “We welcome the OECD’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The Government knows diddly squat about health funding
    Asked about the funding of the Auckland Regional Public Health Service, the Associate Minister of Health was at sea today on the typhoid outbreak, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark.   “When I asked Nicky Wagner who was responsible for the ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Nicky Wagner blames disability workers for Govt’s funding failure
    Nicky Wagner displayed disrespect and sheer arrogance when she insulted disability support workers today, says Labour’s Disability Issues spokesperson Poto Williams. ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Parata in denial over special education crisis
    Hekia Parata has her head buried in the sand when it comes to the pressure that schools are under as they attempt to cope with an increasing number of children with severe behavioural and other learning support needs, says Labour’s ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Data-for-funding move hits Privacy roadblock
    The Government’s much-criticised grab for private client data from social service organisations has suffered another defeat after the Privacy Commissioner’s damning report, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni. “This is a defeat for the Government’s plans to force social ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New research shows need for government-led house building
    Research by economist Shamubeel Eaqub shows the need for the government to lead the building of affordable starter homes, as would happen under Labour’s KiwiBuild policy, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Kiwis need answers on typhoid outbreak
      The Ministry of Health wasn’t told about the typhoid outbreak until 11 days after three people from the same church were admitted to hospital, says Labour’s spokesperson for Health David Clark.   “It is no longer credible for the Minister ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Maori Party gets it wrong again on RMA
    The Māori Party is missing the big picture on National’s Resource Management Act reforms by supporting a fundamentally flawed Bill, says Labour’s Local Government spokesperson Meka Whaitiri. ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Maori Party error own goal on GM
    The Maori Party amendment to the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill does not achieve what they say it does on genetic modification, says Labour’s Environment spokesperson David Parker. “Their amendment relates to the new powers given to the Minister to over-ride ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Is the Government dragging its feet on typhoid?
    Serious questions have been raised about the Government’s handling of the Auckland typhoid outbreak which has claimed a life, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark.   “It’s tragic that a woman has died and that at least 15 people have ...
    3 weeks ago