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YNWA At 50

12 Oct

YNWA At 50


You’ll Never Walk Alone was written by Oscar Hammerstein for the Broadway musical “Carousel” in 1945. But the version we are more familiar with first appeared in the charts on the 12th October 1963 and eventually topped the charts.


It is hard to believe that this classic song is 50 years old but what a song it has been with its association with Liverpool Football Club. Whenever you hear Gerry and the Pacemakers classic song on the radio it just makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.


The song is so passionate and is the most famous footballing anthem in the world. The words in the song have so much meaning and the Liverpool supporters have inspired so many great Liverpool performances over the years with their own rendition.


The words in the song mean so much to me and I’ll try and explain what they mean to me and to Liverpool Football Club.


“When you walk through a storm”


Life is tough and it can be stormy but you have to keep going no matter how hard it gets. I have a severely autistic child and my dad took a stroke the day after Liverpool won the Carling Cup last season and I’ve found life really tough in the last year or so.


Liverpool continue to walk through tough times as they strive for justice from the Hillsborough tragedy and struggle to bring back the glory days from the seventies and the eighties.


“Hold your head up high”


You need to keep your pride and self-respect and keep your chin up when things are tough.


I just try to carry on with life as best as I can by helping my family as much as I can. I visit my dad almost every day to keep his spirits up and I try to spend as much time with my kids as possible.


Liverpool have continued their great work ethic for success as the y pride themselves as one of the world’s biggest football clubs.


“And don’t be afraid of the dark”


Don’t be afraid of the uncertainty that the future brings.


I worry about my kids growing up, especially my disabled son who now lives in residential care since leaving school in the summer. My father is frail after surviving a stroke and I know his time is limited so I’m trying to spend as much time with him as I can but I fear the inevitability of the “dark”.


The future is uncertain and the longer Liverpool miss out on Champions League football then harder it will be for Liverpool to bring back the glory days.


“At the end of the storm”


Things may be bad, but there will be an end to the torment eventually.


Life is full of changes and although I’m extremely busy in my daily life I know that it will change in the future as my kids grow up and my dad’s time runs out.


Liverpool have not won the league for over 20 years but that time will end in the future because Liverpool will win again. The Hillsborough families will also get justice after such a long wait.


“There’s a golden sky”


There is light at the end of the tunnel. After all the pain and struggle there will be a new dawn with a fresh start.


I dread losing my parents but I know that it will be the beginning of a new chapter in my life where I can focus on my children growing up.


When Liverpool win their next league title it will begin another chapter of success for the club. The Hillsborough inquest will bring those responsible to justice.


“And the sweet song of the lark”


The storm is over and the dark is past, you can now appreciate the calm after the storm.


I will appreciate the difficult chapter that has past and enjoy a slower pace of life with hopefully less stress than I have at the moment.


Liverpool winning will not only have the “lark” singing but the supporters singing as the silverware returns to Anfield.


“Walk on through the wind”


You must be determined to keep going, keep battling.


I will continue to fight and be strong through this tough time although I do get tired.


Liverpool will continue to improve in their quest for success and so do the Hillsborough families in their fight for justice.


“Walk on through the rain”


“Though your dreams be tossed and blown”


You may have to take three steps back before you can take a step forward in the quest to achieve your goal.


I’ve suffered many setbacks with my parents’ business going under and my mother surviving cancer and my eldest son being disabled and my father suffering a stroke but I keep the dream of my kids being healthy and successful and Liverpool winning the league again.


Liverpool have suffered many setbacks since their last league success but after the disastrous ownership of Hicks and Gillette Liverpool are heading in the right direction as they dream of winning the league again.


“Walk on, walk on”


Just take one step at a time.


I will try to slowly improve my life.


Liverpool are making small steps in the right direction.


“With hope in your heart”


Hope comes from within. It comes from your heart. If you have hope it will keep you going.


Hope keeps me going, the hope my kids will be successful, the hope my eldest son improves and the hope that I’m helping my dad cope with his disability.


Liverpool hope to be successful again and that is driving the club on.


“And you’ll never walk alone”


You won’t struggle alone you have friends and family who will help you.


I appreciate my family and how they help me cope with my tiredness and worries. I will never walk alone.


Win or lose Liverpool Football Club will never walk alone supported by the greatest supporters in the world.


Here’s to another 50 years of the greatest song ever made.


You’ll Never Walk Alone


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Hasten The Hillsborough Inquiry

16 Sep

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Hasten The Hillsborough Inquiry


A year on from the original verdict of accidental death being declared false regarding the Hillsborough disaster and things are not moving very quickly, which isn’t surprising considering that it took 23 years to overturn the original verdict.


The inquiry has managed to interview 1% of the police officers whose original statements were mysteriously altered. At this rate the inquiry is going to take another lifetime with no one left alive who was at the match that fateful day, never mind those responsible.


We have already sadly lost John Glover and Anne Williams in the last year, who fought relentlessly for justice of the 96 and we don’t want to lose more before those responsible are brought to justice.


Managing to interview just three policeman in a year seems ridiculous and you just ask the question, “Why is it taking so long ?” The answer could be that it’s been established that the 96 deaths weren’t accidental , so that’s cleared everything up, so there is no rush to find the evidence just for the detail of who exactly is responsible.


164 police statements from the day had been changed before being presented to the first panel, most of them to remove anything negative about police behaviour. What we didn’t know until this week is that the figure is unfair to the police, because it turns out that they altered 238, and they changed the statements of 90 supporters as well.


This fact reassures you that if you have to give a statement to the police then they will amend any errors you have made at a later date, giving you peace of mind.


We also know the police conducted a campaign to blacken the name of the supporters by making up stories about them to the press. A certain story they informed to the Sun newspaper about people looting from the dead bodies after the disaster, which the Sun printed on its front page, causing outrage. The police failed to mention to the Sun that the people stealing from the dead bodies was their colleagues who have admitted to putting the cash they “found” in their funds.


A larger sum of money was claimed by others including Norman Bettison, the policeman who’s been named by colleagues as the person allegedly responsible for spreading the slanderous stories about the supporters to the press.


Bettison had the audacity to make a claim to the Hillsborough Victims Fund for money to buy a holiday home for officers, because they were present on that day and claimed that they were also victims of the tragedy.


Bettison claimed that he was forced to resign, but his pension of a million pounds will remain intact, along with his knighthood. It beggars belief how untouchable this man is with so many wrong doings coming to light about this man with such a title for his great service to the force. Well he obviously looked after his colleagues well and protected them to earn his sizeable pension and impressive title.


The new investigation is now in the hands of the Independent Police Complaints Commission, which is ironically run by John Stoddard, whose previous job was chief of police.


The supporters were the heroes that day not the villains that they were tarnished with for so long, and now that the truth is out, they deserve to know the result of the Hillsborough Inquiry sooner rather than later and the speed things are moving at in the first year of this inquiry needs to be hastened before we lose more people who deserve justice through the passing of time.







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R.I.P Maggie From Liverpool

17 Apr

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R.I.P. Maggie From Liverpool

So today is the funeral of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and she will not be missed by many people from the city of Liverpool. Like so many towns and cities in the North of the country Liverpool’s industry was badly affected by her term in office.

Liverpool in the 1980’s was a city of industrial unrest with rioting in the streets of Toxteth. Mrs Thatcher believed that declining industries should not be propped up, but her policies may have exacerbated it.

Cabinet papers released under the 30 year rule in 2011, showed that Mrs Thatcher’s Chancellor Sir Geoffrey Howe (now Lord Howe) argued that Liverpool should be left to “manage decline”.

While ministers such as the then Secretary for the environment Michael (now Lord) Heseltine were arguing for regeneration funding to rebuild the riot-hit communities. Lord Howe thought it would be a waste of money.

He warned Mrs Thatcher “not to commit scarce resources to Liverpool”.

Strangely enough, Lord Howe has since said that his letter was misunderstood.

Lord Heseltine stated that Thatcher did care about Liverpool after being sent by her to the city in the aftermath of the Toxteth riots.

Thatcher also had an impact on football and in particular in the city of Liverpool. Following the Heysel disaster in 1985 Mrs Thatcher pressured the FA to ban all English clubs indefinitely from European competition.

Her wish was granted when UEFA banned all English clubs for what they stated was “an indeterminate period of time”. Liverpool received an additional ban of “indeterminate plus three years”, or more precisely, three further years in which Liverpool qualified for European competition. If they didn’t, the ban would roll on until they did.

With her arguable dislike for the city and for football and football supporters in general, it was just the excuse she needed to put the boot into football just the way she had with the miners.

The infamous ID card scheme was brought about by Thatcher and her advisors in the aftermath of Heysel for football supporters to gain entry into football stadiums and to “do something” about football hooliganism in the country. The scheme was only scrapped after the Hillsborough disaster.

Thatcher’s role in the immediate aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster remains unclear. It was believed that the publication of the Hillsborough Independent Panel’s report could shed some light on her behaviour and comments in the days and weeks and months following the tragedy.

But Mrs Thatcher did voice concern that a 1989 report into Hillsborough constituted a “devastating criticism” of police.

Mrs Thatcher had already been warned the interim report was “very damning” of police but attached “little or no blame” to Liverpool fans.

She was told in a memo from a civil servant the interim report found the chief superintendent in charge at Hillsborough “behaved in an indecisive fashion” and senior officers infuriated the judge seeking to “duck all responsibility when giving evidence” to his inquiry.

But Mrs Thatcher made clear in her handwritten note that she did not want to give the government’s full backing to Lord Taylor’s criticisms, only to the way in which he had conducted his inquiry and made recommendations for action.

She wrote: “What do we mean by welcoming the broad thrust of report ? The broad thrust is devastating criticism of the police. Is that for us to welcome ? Surely we welcome the thoroughness of the report and its recommendations –M.T.”

We do know that she only wanted to protect her valued police force from the whole disaster and this leaves Liverpool supporters disliking her as Liverpool supporters and their families had their reputations tarnished for all those years while lies were spread of the events of the disaster where Thatcher wanted those guilty of negligence protected.

Although it has been a long time since Thatcher ruled this country, feelings are still raw in Liverpool and not many tears will be shed today in Liverpool.

R.I.P. Maggie

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Respecting The 96

15 Apr


Respecting The 96

24 years ago today 96 football supporters attended a football match never to return home.

It should never happen, but it did.

It could have been me or you, but we were lucky.

It could have been any team’s supporters.

Tragically it was Liverpool supporters.

The loss of lives was tragic enough.

But the aftermath and blame directed at the supporters

Was disgusting.

Supporters that were there that day tried to save their friends.

They thought they would come home heroes.

How wrong could they be.

The headlines in the Sun tarnished them.

The outrageous lies

No respect for the dead

The supporters did everything they could to help that day

While the authorities did nothing.

Liverpool supporters knew they were not to blame

And a massive cover up prevented the truth

But against all the odds and the corruption of the system

The fight for justice won the day

When at long last the truth of the disaster was made public

The years of being blamed

The years fighting for justice

The years fighting for the 96

Too many names to mention that helped bring the truth to the public.

Respect has finally been recognised

After the public’s shock from the truth

April the 15th will always be a sad day for Liverpool Football Club

But the 96 will never be forgotten

And they have made Liverpool Football Club stronger

Today is the anniversary of the tragedy

But every day the 96 are in our thoughts

You Will Never Walk Alone

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