1965 and all

Posted by john_mac on January 19, 2005, 07:27:58 PM

1965, 1974, 1986, 1989, 1992, 2001

So what the fuck was that all about?

An absolute disgrace to see Liverpool Football Club treat the competition that Shankly described as both the greatest in the world, and as the one which brought him his greatest day in football, with such disrespect.

It made me absolutely sick to see what has become a money machine grind on, unintereted in what the competition had to offer and what it means to us. Were these bastards there when Michael broke Arsenal hearts? Did they see a broken hearted Aldridge after he became the first player to miss a penalty in a final? Do they know what it meant to bury the Blues not once but twice? Well it's beyond me.

We treated both the competition and the opposition with a total lack of respect, totally unworthy of what I know as Liverpool. In 2001 our chief executive boasted that Liverpool Football Club existed to win trophies. Maybe at the end of this season he will proudly boast that "Liverpool Football Club exists to finish fourth".

Do these pricks know what it means to go to Cardiff? Do they know what it means to win the Cup? Fucken doubt it.

I won't blame the kids, they have performed admirably, most notably at Spurs. But does the FA Cup really mean so little to us? Can we afford it to? Maybe a Champions League place should be put on offer for the winners? Had Millwall won it last season, they would have deserved it more than our poxy fourth. The FA Cup means so much; the history, the tradition, the memories, everything about the competition.

St John and Keegan made it for Shanks, Kenny's double and the second leg of Houlliers treble, and then plenty of heartbreaks along the way. Wonderful times at places as distant as Swansea, Carlisle and Norwich, to say nothing of beating the other crowd in semis and finals.

Losing to the Superstore twice in finals was an absolute fucken killer, as was Mick bastard Mills's goal, and the fact that Paisley never lifted the trophy. What he'd make of last night god only knows. The four semis against Arsenal and Terry Mac's goal at Spurs before battling our way the length of the Seven Sisters to get home.

Has the FA Cup really been consigned to our memory? Does it really mean so little? 'Cos the other thing Liverpool Football Club showed no respect for last night was us, the stupid fans who line their pockets every week. Then again that's what we're there for, part of the money making machine that Liverpool Football Club has become in our haste to follow in the footsteps of the superstore down the other end of the East Lancs Road.

Shankly decided to rebuild the team and replace his loyal players after an FA Cup defeat to lower division opposition, that's how much it meant to him. Maybe after last night's debacle the time has come to call it a day and wipe our hands, Pontius Pilot style, of what the club has become.  I can't see myself or many others doing it, but let's be honest, it fucken stinks.

Another nail in the coffin of what was once our club, but no longer fucken is.

© john_mac 2005

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