Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Sporting Cock.

You may have heard the Merseyside Derby (Everton v Liverpool) referred to as the Friendly Derby.

But try telling this to Rafa Benitez.



Relationships declined after the Heysel Stadium disaster. Everton had qualified for Europe that year and the fans blamed Liverpool hooligans for the subsequent ban on all English clubs.

So now the two tribes of fans hate each other - in true footballing tradition.

'EVERTON 1' is the brand new shop at Goodison where the team's latest strip (by Le Coq Sportif) will be sold.

But there's a brand new shopping centre in Liverpool called Liverpool 1.

Everton have a another shop there called 'EVERTON 2'.


And its address -
EVERTON 2 - LIVERPOOL1

LOL!!!

KAZ

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30 Comments:

Blogger Dave said...

An extra 'a' in there.

Your friendly proof-reader strikes again.

8:41 am  
Blogger Steve said...

I'm not a football fan at all but cannot hear of Liverpool without thinking of Cracker and Robert Carlisle chanting "L - I - V - E.R.P - double O - L - Liverpool FC" into Robbie Coltrane's face. It's a great scene but still didn't turn me on to the "beautiful game".

8:44 am  
Blogger Dave said...

Oh, is this post about football? I thought it was something to do with obscure northern tribalism.

8:50 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Dave:
I've crossed it out.
Don't you think that's clever?

Steve:
That was an excellent episode of Cracker.
In one scene Robert Carlisle walked past a wall with some graffiti that had been written by one of my students.
I felt so proud.

Dave:
It is.

8:56 am  
Blogger tony said...

obscure northern tribalism Rules!I wonder what Tramere Rovers Shop is called?

10:30 am  
Blogger The Poet Laura-eate said...

Factional feuds and fashions - who needs football?

A bit extraneous if you ask me.

10:36 am  
Blogger zIggI said...

I'm wondering what to do with my No 7 shirt

10:51 am  
Blogger Rog said...

Very good Kaz.

I stopped watching after Tony Hateley was transferred to Coventry.

10:57 am  
Blogger Geoff said...

Another team, playing by far and away the most attractive football, qualified for Europe that year with their highest ever placing.

I'm sorry, Kaz, but Football Focus tells me that Merseyside is one big love-in and that blues and reds hug each other in the streets, tears rolling down their faces. Are you telling me they're pulling the wool over my eyes?

11:16 am  
Blogger savannah said...

i know this is a bout football, sugar, but dammit it, how did i forget about adding "cracker" to my list of series to watch again??? thanks, darlin for the reminder! xoxox

12:02 pm  
Blogger inkspot said...

I slightly thought that Liverpool hooligans were blamed everywhere, not for getting English teams banned, but for killing 39 people.

1:20 pm  
Blogger garfer said...

I couldn't give a toffee for Everton.

1:23 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Tony:
Perhaps it's called 'The Rovers Return'. Because - if I had a Tranmere souvenir I'm sure I'd want to take it back. :)

Laura:
Football? Extraneous?
OK - perhaps it's too easy to get it out of proportion.
Now where's my copy of Elle magazine?

Ziggi:
You should donate it to Real Madrid.
They are probably skint after paying out 80 million quid.

Rog:
Poor Tony Hateley - I believe he ended up at Oldham Athletic.

Geoff:
That would be West Ham I guess.
Where were Chelsea and Arsenal in those days?

Yes!

Savannah:
I'm surprised you see Cracker over there.
Most of it was shot in Manchester - his house belonged to a colleague of mine.
And that's probably my only claim to fame.

Inkspot:
Of course.
Sorry to seem shallow - it was just a lighthearted footie post.

Garfer:
Give us a teacake then.
Make it two!

4:04 pm  
Blogger xl said...

Is this sort of like the Gerry & The Pacemakers vs The Beatles rivalry?

4:14 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

xl:
Interesting question.
Gerry sings the Liverpool Song (Ferry Cross the Mersey). Paul McCartney (allegedly) supports Everton.
So glad it's that way round.

4:18 pm  
Blogger Arabella said...

Funny and clever - Everton, I had no idea.

6:46 pm  
Blogger Kevin Musgrove said...

I've not had as much fun since Billy Meredith.

8:47 pm  
Blogger Emerson Marks said...

The amount of people I went to school with who supprted blooming Liverpool or Everton did my head in.

Mind you. We were 7 or 8 and Liverpool had Ian Rush and Everton had Gary Lineker at the time.

That didn't seduce me though and I supported my home team, Southampton.

9:12 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Arabella:
Everton is still run by humans rather than Oligarchs or Crooks.

Kevin:
Blimey - now there was a phenomenon.
He started by driving a pony down t'pit and later played for both United and City.

Emerson:
It's just not right to support a team from the other end of the country.
Mancunian Arsenal fan do exist, but I could never join them .......... unless Thierry came back - of course.

9:33 pm  
Blogger Madame DeFarge said...

This is the famous Liverpool humour at play here. Somehow I can't see it working in Glasgow with Celtic and Rangers. Except it would have to be Partick Thistle 0. As it invariably is.

9:35 pm  
Blogger MJ said...

Please direct me to the mens' fitting room.

1:25 am  
Anonymous NiC said...

Excellent, very clever.

9:54 am  
Blogger Scarlet-Blue said...

I've heard rumours that the address is to be changed to 'Liverpool Won'.
Sx

10:05 am  
Blogger Betty said...

Is there an Accrington Stanley shop?

4:42 pm  
Blogger Old Wom Tigley said...

Now thats funny.... :O)

4:50 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Madame:
There is no better name for a football team than Partick Thistle..even if they do always score 0.

MJ:
The men's fitting room?
It's called Infomaniac.

NiC:
you don't get stuff like this at Anfield.

Scarlet:
Ha Ha ..and to think I used to be very fond of you.

Betty:
No need.
They sell their shirts at the local pound shop.

Wom:
Smart eh?
:O)

5:48 pm  
Anonymous NiC said...

Nope, but you get better football (runs and hides).

And they play in RED which is a better colour than blue. IMHO.

6:34 pm  
Blogger Istvanski said...

The Meseyside derby that really matters is Tranmere v Accrington.
Nigel Blackwell remarked that the good thing about being a Tranmere fan was "...never having to queue up for anything".
Bless.

7:50 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

NiC:
OK NiC .... It's been nice knowing you
:O)

Istvanski:
Accrington is not strictly (or even loosely) Merseyside - but I get your drift.
My cousin is a lifelong supporter of Chorley - he would certainly understand what Nigel was on about.

9:19 pm  
Blogger savannah said...

the show was on our public broadcasting station (PBS). xoxo

5:53 pm  

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