Posted by Rushian on October 23, 2003, 05:15:35 PM

Finally after many months of work an epic piece of Liverpool writing is complete. The Greatest European Story Ever Told (GESET) stands at over 100 pages and covers every match the Reds have played in Europe since our first game against KR Reykjavik in August 1964. It tells the stories of the ties and interweaves many humourous fan recollections regarding their adventures away from home. It also includes some of the songs inspired by and sung on those trips. A small taster is included at the end of this article.

The story has been put together by regular RAWK contributer Wooltonian who has acted as chief writer and editor to the contributions from Reds across a series of forums and websites.

Hard backed copies (bound in a snazzy cover) will be available in the HJC shop, in time for the Leeds game this weekend, priced at only ?5. If you would like a copy to be posted direct to you, please forward payment by post or online (as detailed below, adding ?0.70 for postage and packing) and we?ll send you out a copy.
WARNING: Some of the stories contain colourful language which may not be suitable for children

If you would prefer you can also download a copy from the GESET website in one of FIVE formats, priced at ?3.01. To download the story you need a username and password and the website address which can be obtained by e-mailing: or

(putting GESET in the subject field)

The full download details will be forwarded when commitment to pay is received. The story is available in the following formats:

WPS (771Kb)
DOC (438Kb)
PDF (480Kb)
RTF (393Kb)
TXT (361Kb)

You can either pay by cheque or postal order made payable to the Hillsborough Justice Campaign and sent to:

Robbie Ashcroft
48 Marina Crescent
L30 1RR

If anybody would like to make a donation to the HJC for the purchase of the book, the Paypal account which is linked directly to the HJC bank account is:

or you can pay through the HJC Paypal link on RAWK's HJC fundraising page:

If paying by this method please leave a comment in the message section saying your donation is for the GESET Story. A senior citizen, student and unemployed discount of ?1.00 will apply. Please forward your full name, e-mail address and age to one of the above email addresses to qualify for the discount.

In the interest of raising as much as possible I would kindly ask that you do not forward the story to third parties

The idea of this project is to boost HJC funds by as much as possible. If you don?t want the story yourself please feel free to email these details to any Liverpool supporters you think may be interested (young or old). If you need any further information, please feel free to contact us.

And now, as promised, a little section to whet your appetite ...

The semi-final against Inter Milan was one of Anfield?s greatest-ever nights and Little Wooly?s second match in Europe and what a night it was, coming as it did just three days after Liverpool had won the F.A. cup for the first time in its long history.

Gordon Milne, who missed the final through injury and Gerry Byrne, injured in the final itself, were sent out to parade the famous trophy before the game and the players took to the field to a cauldron of noise. The Italians seemed unnerved despite their experience and being used to playing in front of hostile crowds.

But this was different. They had probably never played in front of a crowd that was so close to the pitch and seemed unprepared for the emotion that greeted the F.A. Cup winners. Roger Hunt?s brilliant early volley and a superbly-worked free-kick finished off by Ian Callaghan unnerved them even more but in between those two superb goals an error by Ron Yeats had seen the great Mazzola strike an equaliser past Tommy Lawrence into the Kop goal.

The Kop took up the challenge laid down by the Italians and started screaming at the top of their lungs ?Attack Attack, Attack Attack Attack?. The noise was deafening, over 20,000 scousers in the Kop all screaming at once nearly burst me ear drums.

Liverpool pushed forward with even more resolve. I?ve never seen so much effort put in on a pitch before, everyone found an extra gear, players and supporters alike. Then the "Ghost" Lawler had a goal disallowed. ?NEVER? shouted me arl fellah; ?BOLLOCKS ? shouted me Uncle Jerry. A word I?d not heard before, I must store that one away I thought, I?m sure it?ll come in handy one day.

Liverpool pushed on and on, roared on by the Kop and then ?Gooooaaaaaallll?. Ian St. John restored the home side?s two-goal advantage just a quarter of an hour from the end. But would it be enough?

The Italians left the ground with ?Go back to Italy? sung to the tune Santa Lucia ringing in their ears. If this was European football thought Wooly, I must make sure I never miss a game.

The only down side to the night was spending half the time getting pushed off my bar on the Kop into the torrents of urine that flowed steadily down the steps of the Kop like mini waterfalls. I smelt ruddy awful, like a dosser off the Pier Head, but a wash would put that right when I got home; in a tin bath in front of the fire, in Liverpool 19.


Many thanks to all that have contributed so far, both in helping with the project and orders already placed. If you have enjoyed reading this unique story, please tell a friend.


Wooltonian, Mottman and Rushian on behalf of all those involved in the GESET project

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