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50th Anniversary: You’ll Never Walk Alone meets Jamhuri Day

12 Dec
SHANKLY GATES

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Carlo Ancelotti was also in the Atarturk stadium that night in May 2005, in his role as the AC Milan coach. What impact did the defiance of Liverpool fans have on him? In August 2012 he was asked which club has the best fans. “In my opinion Liverpool fans, when they sing a song they… I don’t know in English, but your skin is…””(he fluttered his fingers up and down his arm to explain).

Oscar Hammerstein wrote the lyrics and Richard Rodgers composed the music for ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ in 1945, in their Broadway musical, ‘Carousel’. In terms of its emotional impact and iconic status, one BBC programme ranked the song alongside the Christmas carol ‘Silent Night’ and the hymn ‘Abide With Me.’ Legendary composer Irving Berlin said that the song had the same effect on him as the Psalm 23.

The version we know rather better, by Gerry and the Pacemakers, first appeared in the charts on 12 October 1963, @ No. 22.  Thereafter it rose steadily upwards:

  • 19 Oct @ 7
  • 26 Oct @ 2
  • 2, 9, 16 and 23 Nov @ 1

While debatable, the week of 19 October onward – the day we beat WBA 1-0 at Anfield – might just be the first time the song was played as part of pre-match entertainment at Anfield. However it’s probably more likely to have been the home game against Leicester City on 02 November 1963 (a 1-0 defeat!), given that it reached No.1 that day. Or it could have been Fulham on 16 November (a 2-0 win) or Burnley on 30 November (another 2-0 win) arrived at Anfield. What’s certain is that we won the league in YNWA’s first season, ahead of the Man Utd of Best, Law and Charlton, with Everton third.

However, this story from Redandwhitekop alleges that fans didn’t start singing the song until 27 April 1963, when a certain Gerry Flaherty sang ‘When you walk through a storm’ during a thunderstorm during an FA Cup semi final at Hillsborough (another 1-0 defeat by Leicester), which would mean that our famous anthem was born at the same ground at the same stage of the same competition as our saddest day occurred.

Kenya at 50

Kenyan Liverpool fans should easily connect with the song as their country also turns 50 this year. Exactly two months after You’ll Never Walk Alone was released, the country became a Commonwealth realm on 12 December of the same year, with Her Majesty the Queen [Elizabeth] as Head of State. On 12 December 1964 Kenya became an independent republic.

You’ll Never Walk Alone!

Credit: The Tomkins Times, You’ll Never Walk Alone’s 50th Anniversary.’ Original story appeared on 29 August 2012 | http://tomkinstimes.com/2013/10/youll-never-walk-alones-50th-anniversary/ | http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenya | http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenya#Independence

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Gerry Marsden: Why YNWA is special to me

1 Nov

SHANKLY GATES

Gerry Marsden: Why YNWA is special to me

How do the lyrics and the music relate to football?

I don’t think they relate to football, I think they relate to people. When you walk through a storm, hold your head up high and don’t be afraid of the dark…that’s anything, that’s great lyrics – brilliant writing. I wish I had written it!

 

What’s your hope for the future of You’ll Never Walk Alone and the football club?

When we are at No.1 in the league this year and we win the Premier League I want to sing it with the lads. I want to win the FA Cup, then next year the European Cup – the lot! We’ve got a great manager, a great team.

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Highlights of Liverpool’s 2013/2014 Season

22 Oct
  1. The 2013–14 season will be Liverpool Football Club’s 122nd season in existence, and their 51st consecutive season in the top flight of English football. It is also the club’s 22nd consecutive season in the Premier League. It is also the club’s best start to an EPL season since the 2008-09 edition.
  2. Simon Mignolet became the first Liverpool goalkeeper to save a penalty on his debut against Stoke City (H, 17 August 2013).
  3. Mignolet’s saved penalty is the first at Anfield in the league for Liverpool since Sander Westerveld denied Arsenal’s Davor Suker in September 1999.
  4. Jordan Henderson played his 100th LFC game against his boyhood club, Sunderland (A, 29 September 2013). Bizarrely, he also made his Reds debut against the Black Cats and got his 50th game too against his old club.
  5. Gerrard gets his 100th EPL goal, the 24th player to do so, with a penalty against Newcastle United FC (A, 19 October 2013).
  6. Daniel Sturridge became the fastest player to reach the 20 Liverpool goals mark, taking only 26 games to do so.
  7. It is now 11 goals in 11 games played with both Sturridge and Luis Suarez as Liverpool’s front two, popularly dubbed SAS.
  8. Steven Gerrard played his 450th top-flight game for Liverpool (Vs West Bromwich Albion at Anfield on 26 October 2013) and, in doing so, become only the ninth Reds player to achieve the feat.
  9. Sturridge is only the second Liverpool player in history to score in seven of the opening eight league games of a campaign. In 1987, John Aldridge scored in each of the first nine.
  10. Luis Suarez was yet to score in five meetings with West Bromwich Albion, and then he gets a hat trick on the sixth try. The treble against West Bromwich Albion (Anfield, 26 October 2013) is his first ever at Anfield and the fourth of his LFC career (tied with Torres). Roger Hunt scored the last hat trick in Anfield league meetings in a 4-1 win in January 1968.
  11. Sturridge only the 2nd ever LFC player to score in seven of a season’s first eight league games. The other, John Aldridge, did in 1987 (first 9 games).
  12. The Reds have now scored 101 goals against Fulham (H, 09 November 2013) in league football.
  13. The game against Fulham is the 54th time Liverpool has scored 4+ goals in a PL home game. Only Man Utd (74), Chelsea (63) & Arsenal (62) have more.
  14. Liverpool’s 32 shots Vs. Fulham (including blocked) are the most recorded by a team in a PL game this season.
  15. Luis Suarez had 10 shots in this game (Vs. Fulham), the first time anyone has recorded double figures in a game this season.
  16. Steven Gerrard has played 15 years for LFC as per the week ending 30 November 2013. Only seven players have longer spans between their first and last appearance for LFC, as Captain Steven Gerrard’s 15 years as a Red.
  17. Gerrard’s goal against Hull City AFC (01 December 2013) is his fourth against the Tigers, the most in Reds’ history against this team.
  18. The 1-3 loss against Hull City AFC (01 December 2013) is the club’s first ever (all competitions) in 17 meetings, a record that now reads W12 D4 L1.
  19. Luis Suarez became the first Red to score three hat-tricks against the same team, Norwich City. LS7 scored four in a 5-1 rout of the Canaries at Anfield (04 December 2013).
  20. The 5-1 win gave Steven Gerrard his 150th victory as LFC captain.
  21. Liverpool have scored four goals in each of their last three home league games (West Brom and Fulham). The last time they achieved this at Anfield was in April 2009.
  22. The Reds only needed two goals to record 100 in league games against Norwich. The number is now 103.
  23. The last Anfield hat-trick against the Canaries before LS7s was by Paul Walsh, in November 1986 in a 6-2 win. It was till yesterday Liverpool’s only Anfield treble against the Canaries.
  24. Suarez overtook Ian Rush as Liverpool’s all-time top-scorer against Norwich with 11 goals in just five appearances. Rushie’s record was nine in 21. Next on the list are Kenny Dalglish and David Fairclough who all have seven.
  25. Suarez’s fourth goal against Norwich City gave BR 100 league goals as LFC manager. The Reds have now scored 101 goals under his reign.
  26. Luis Suarez recorded the eighth-fastest route to 50 league goals, in 86 appearances. He became only the third overseas player to score 50 in the Premier League for the Reds following Fernando Torres (65) and Dirk Kuyt (51).
  27. Suarez now has five Liverpool hat-tricks. Only seven players have scored more for the club in the league.
  28. As of the Norwich game (04 December 2013), Luis Suarez has now scored five of Liverpool’s six hat-tricks.
  29. Against West Ham United (H, 07 December 2013), Steven Gerrard overtook Anfield hero and former captain Phil Neal to go into eighth place in the all-time top-flight appearance list by playing for the 456th time against West Ham.
  30. The skipper also captained Liverpool for the 300th time in the Barclays Premier League (H, 07 December 2013). Despite limping off injured (hamstring), the 4-1 win was Stevie G’s 151st as captain.
  31. Luis Suarez is the first player in the EPL to score 10 goals in a calendar month.
  32. He is also the first to score at least 2 goals in 4 consecutive PL matches.
  33. LS7 tied Andy Cole with the most goals scored before Christmas (19). In this regard, his record as a Red, 17 goals in 11 appearances, beats Robbie Fowler’s 16 in 19 appearances.
  34. Suarez is the first LFC player to score 19 goals before Christmas, beating the previous record by 3 goals and doing it in 5 fewer games.
  35. Suarez’s 19 goals in Liverpool’s opening 17 games, is two more than the previous League record at this stage (17 by Les Ferdinand and Kevin Phillips).
  36. Liverpool is currently averaging more than two goals per game (PL) under BR. This is the best goals per game ratio of any manager since their first, John McKenna, in 1896. The record, after a home win over Cardiff (21 December 2013) reads P17 W11 D3 L3.
  37. Against Cardiff (21 December 2013), Luis Suarez became the first player to score in 6 consecutive PL matches since Fernando Torres netted in 8 (May 2008).

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LSCK brings cheer to Wagocho’s, Sagana

1 Oct

Liverpool Supporters Club Kenya (LSCK) recently visited Sagana, a town situated some 100 kilometres from Kenya’s capital Nairobi, along the Nairobi-Nyeri Highway. The town’s name comes from Kenya’s longest river, the Tana, which is also called Thagana in the local dialect.

The group’s mission was to visit Mercy, a single mother struggling to bring up nine children on meagre resources. Despite four of her own, the energetic mother has embraced the challenge of single-handedly bringing up her late sister’s five children.

The group has for years now supported Mercy’s quest to educate her children by paying fees for two of them. The money so collected has ensured a relatively smooth transition from primary to secondary education.

WARM WELCOME: Guests are received in the time-honored African tradition.

WARM WELCOME: Guests are received in the time-honored African tradition.

MOTHER'S TOUCH: Our hostess ensures her guests are well fed.

MOTHER’S TOUCH: Our hostess ensures her guests are well fed.

Having arrived just after 3 p.m. to a warm reception, the group settled down to share a meal with the hosts. The event’s master of ceremony Josiah Karanja introduced his entourage and presented the group’s donation towards the homestead’s school fees kitty.

DONATION: Master of Ceremony Josiah Karanja presents our hostess Mercy with money towards her childrens school fees kitty.

DONATION: Master of Ceremony Josiah Karanja presents Mercy with money towards her children’s school fees kitty.

LSCK Treasurer Sophia Musembi gives a vote of thanks on behalf of the visiting entourage

LSCK Treasurer Sophia Musembi gives a vote of thanks on behalf of the visiting entourage

 

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FAMILY: It is not blood that links but oneness of mind and love.

The town of Sagana is part of Kirinyaga, fifth smallest of Kenya’s 47 counties. In terms of geographic size, Kirinyaga ranks ahead of Nyamira (912.5 km²), Nairobi (694.9 km²), Vihiga (531.3 km²) and Mombasa (212.5 km²) respectively. As of the 2009 national census, Kirinyaga County had a population of 528,054 and an area measuring 1,205.4 km².

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OPINION: The Summer Transfer Window 2013 that was

11 Sep
Source: www1.skysports.com

Source: www1.skysports.com

When the final whistle blew on the final day of the 2012-2013 season, Liverpool players left the field elated and disappointed almost on equal measure. They had won the final game, albeit with a first half solitary goal (a habit that has continued to the first three games of the new season), but were bidding farewell to a long serving loyal servant. Since 1997, it was surely a big loss for the team and the manager who was having a new season of mixed reactions.

It was not easy to get a replacement going into the summer transfer window. The gaffer, in paying tribute to Carra, admitted to this. Fans all over the world looked forward, with reserved criticism, to the preferred world class replacement. Reserved because of the turmoil that threatened to boil over in recent past windows and which failed to spur run of wins to secure the coveted champions league position. The pressure fell singularity to the shoulders of Brendan Rodgers.

It was not only Carra’s departure that had fans worried; but the form of Reina in between the posts and his decline of appearances for Skrtel and Coates. Competition for position was needed for Enrique at left back and a backup for the injury prone Agger. In the bigger picture we had a defence for the best days and none for the torrid ones. This was best displayed by our inability to grind results out of teams where despite leading, defensive mistakes came to haunt us. The Man City game at home last season is a good example.

At the close of business on deadline day, many fans agreed that the manager had a good summer transfer sheet. Advances from Real Madrid and Arsenal to Suarez had been warded off successfully despite the drama that had the player seeking a move. However, the story of the incoming Red soldiers began with the arrival of a little known young midfielder Luis Alberto. The similarity in names to Suarez had fans talking whether lightning strikes twice at the same place. Iago Aspas followed suit and the Celta Vigo hit man’s move had its fair share of drama as it was halted by Spanish officials. Finally, the 25 year old had his way and hopes to spark the Premier League as he did last season at the Primera League club with 12 goals.

The impending defense problem was dealt with by the recruit of Kolo Toure and Mignolet. Kolo, considered a ‘spent force’ by Man City who released him for free, has gone on to light up in the first games. Mignolet, on the other hand was thought to have been cover for Reina, but Rodgers probably used a Swahili saying ‘Two bulls do not stay in the same shed’ to offload Reina to Napoli. Fans will probably debate for eons on why Simon was worth parting ways with Pepe for Liverpool.

At the deadline day, history definitely did not repeat itself, as reinforcements came in. Tiago Ilori who is as young as Coates signed on the dotted line to join from Sporting Lisbon. A loan entry for explosive Nigerian winger Victor Moses was finalized to join an earlier loan deal of left back Aly Cissokho. This was to increase depth in attack after the departure of Stewart Downing, Andy Carroll and Jonjo Shelvey. The gaffer now had a variety of combinations to try out when the Coutinho-Gerrard-Suarez trio had a bad letter day.

However, what got tongues wagging was the arrival of the ‘beast’: Mamadou Sakho from PSG. Fans who were not contented by the signature of Kolo earlier now had a bold answer in this acquisition. The 2011/2012 France Young Player of the Year has 14 caps for the Les Bleus at only 23 years of age. Many soccer pundits claimed this was a ‘steal’ at 15M Euros because of his versatility to play in Left back, Center back or at the Defensive Midfield position. If he lives up to his reputation then Anfield will be treated to a spectacle.

At the backdrop of a successful transfer window, an international break beckons. Analysis of the signings will be on major soccer sites and shows. That is of little interest to a member of the Red army. We have a good squad that we hope will maintain our current status as the league leaders. That is the faith that we carry in what would be Bill Shankly’s 100th birthday year. The team can surely get that 19th trophy, if not for the robust fans worldwide, for the man who ‘made people happy’

Author: John ‘JT’ Thuku  ©JayTee254(2013)

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Crosslink: http://thekop.liverpoolfc.com/_OPINION-The-Summer-Transfer-Window-2013-that-was-By-John-39JT39-Thuku/blog/6548940/173471.html

LSCK Joins Forces to Assist the Kenya Girl Child

9 Sep

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The scenic view of Ngong Hills provides a fantastic backdrop to Kenya Commercial Bank’s Leadership Centre, the perfect venue for a historic congregation of four major football fan bases in Nairobi.

Sunday, 08 September 2013 saw fans gather, drawn from Manchester United Kenya, Arsenal Kenya, Chelsea FC Kenya and Liverpool Supporters Club Kenya (LSCK), a first. The aim of this fun day was to raise funds to purchase sanitary pads for girls in Marigat, a settlement area in Kenya’s colonial Rift Valley Province.

In the games that followed, LSCK chalked up an impressive win the football category, seeing off Arsenal Kenya 2-0 before prevailing over a good Chelsea side on penalties, following a hard-fought 1-1 draw. The Red Belles also won the ladies tug of war competition.

RIVALRY: United in purpose.

RIVALRY: United in purpose

Buy a Pad, Save a Girl’s Future

The fan bases came together with an initiative titled ‘Buy a Pad, Save a Girl’s Future,’ organized in form of a lighthearted charity tournament, to both raise awareness and to collect donations towards this cause.

The Kenyan media house, Royal Media Ltd, first broke the sad news of how girls in Marigat lack access to this vital commodity, and resort to creative use of items such as chicken feathers and plant leaves in a bid to manage their menstruation cycles.

This particular period of a young woman’s life is in turn a form of embarrassment, brought about by misinformation, and often leads to interference in the girl child’s learning.

The basic rules were that each participating team (fan base) register with Kshs 1,000, the entire amount going towards purchase of the sanitary items. Each team was also asked to rally their fans to bring at least 50 packs minimum or two (2) packs per person.

In terms of activities, the day would include random but fun events like battle of wits, a penalty challenge, food eating competition, sack race, ball juggling, tug of war and a knockout football competition among others.

The page provided to highlight this initiative can be accessed here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Buy-a-Pad-Save-a-Girls-future/219460001542493?fref=ts

KCB Leadership School

The theatre of action, KCB Leadership Centre, as measured from Nairobi City Centre, is 18 km using Ngong Road (≃ 28 minutes drive), 21.6 km using Lang’ata Road (≃ 30 minutes drive) and 23.6 km using a combination of James Gichuru and Ngong roads (≃ 34 minutes drive). Figures provided by Google Maps.

Ngong Hills

The Ngong Hills are peaks in a ridge along the Great Rift Valley, located southwest near Nairobi, in southern Kenya.

The Hills’ eastern slopes overlook the Nairobi National Park Game Reserve; to the North, the city of Nairobi. The western slopes open out over the Great Rift Valley dropping over 1,000 meters (4,000 feet) below. The peak of the Ngong Hills is measured at 2,460 meters (8,070 feet) above sea level.

The word “Ngong” is an Anglicization of a Maasai phrase “enkong’u emuny” meaning rhinoceros spring, and this name derives from a spring located near Ngong Town.

During the years of British colonial rule, the area around the Ngong Hills was a major settler farming region, and many traditional colonial houses are still seen in the area.

In the 1985 Meryl Streep film Out of Africa, the four peaks of the Ngong Hills appear in the background of several scenes near [her character] Karen Blixen’s house.

Conclusion

It was a day to remember, all the more memorable seeing rival fans set aside their differences and donate their time to tackling a national challenge.

It was even more gratifying to see young people touched by the plight of fellow Kenyans far removed from their everyday existence. This is the desired future for a nascent nation and long may it continue.

You’ll Never Walk Alone.

VICTORS: Jubilation for the victorious LSCK Football team

VICTORS: Jubilation for the all-conquering LSCK Football team

Additional Readings: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ngong_Hills | http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marigat | Photos used with gratitude

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HISTORY: Why the spirit of the Boot Room lives

6 Sep

HISTORY: Why the Spirit of the Boot Room Lives

“…not clever enough” | Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish on why he wouldn’t enter the original Boot Room as a player

…But going back to the Boot Room, it’s amazing how so much intrigue and mystique surrounds what was basically an old broom cupboard. To look at, it was nothing special. It measured about eight feet square and there was nothing remarkable about it apart from the people who used it.

Inside, there was a table and a cupboard, some old photographs on the wall, a rack where the boots would hang and a few crates to sit on. That was it! The likes of myself, Joe, Ronnie and Roy would be in there every day as part of our daily routine. It was our office, so to speak, and the place where we’d meet to discuss every aspect of life at the club.

The boss of the time would very rarely come in, they had their own proper office, but after a match the visiting manager and his assistant would often be invited in for a drink. From the conversations that went on in there we’d glean all manner of useful information that invariably helped the team in its quest for success.

Word spread about the Boot Room. Suddenly there was this aura about it and people still talk about it today. To be honest, at the time, we never gave it a second thought. It was just a place where we went about our business and did our work. But looking back it was a special time to be part of the club and for that I am eternally grateful to the late Tom Saunders…

Additional References: http://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/media-watch/benitez-would-have-fitted-in-well-in-the-boot-room | http://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/latest-news/i-ll-bring-boot-room-back

Story first appeared in the official Liverpool FC site on 24 November 2005 

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