Red All Over The Land – Issue 189

Red All Over The Land – Issue 189

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Last season Red All Over The Land highlighted that Liverpool FC’s longest serving and first title winning manager, Tom Watson, and his goalkeeper at the time Ned Doig are buried in Anfield Cemetery – but their remains lay in unmarked graves. Ned Doig’s grandson, Eric, took up the mantle to gain some recognition for two of Liverpool FC’s earliest legends and after a brief conversation with Eric over the weekend he had some good news to tell us. “I am very pleased to say,  that I have a stone placed on my grandfather Teddy Doigs’ grave as from last Friday” (Aug 2nd). So now LFC fans can go along to Anfield Cemetery to pay their respects to one of our great characters. Sadly news on Watson’s situation wasn’t as good. Eric informed me that the club has all the information and costs but are dragging their heels at this moment in time. Maybe the release of the new kit took precedence over Watson who had the distinction of winning the first division title with two different clubs. Three league titles with Sunderland and two with Liverpool. He was also the first Liverpool manager to lead the club to an FA Cup final and responsible for the signatures of Liverpool legends such as Elisha Scott, Alex Raisbeck and Liverpool’s oldest ever player the aforementioned Ned Doig. Watson remains Liverpool Football Clubs longest serving manager. Not bad eh? Sort it out LFC.

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Margaret Aspinall Receives Award in Cork

On July 30th Margaret Aspinall was in Cork to recieve the “Mother Jones Award”
as part of the Mother Jones Festival, honouring the life of Margaret Harris,
a Corkwoman who was a key figure in the American Trade Union movement. Margaret spoke passionately about the cover-up of what really happened that day and the continuing fight for justice. Margaret gave a passionate speech to the crowd which included both veteran Liverpool supporters and people from all walks of life.  She told the gathering about how officialdom had conspired against the families of the 96 victims of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster and outlined long struggle of the families for the truth, a campaign which continues to this day.  Accompanied by another Hillsborough relative, Sue Rogers, Margaret impressed the audience with her honesty and no-nonsense manner.   The Spirit of Mother Jones Award 2013 was presented to Margaret and the session ended fittingly with a rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone.

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 It’s finally here folks, the first day of the season and starting with a home game makes it all the sweeter. Maybe we can go top for a few hours although Stokes recent league record at Anfield is pretty good. Should we fail to win we won’t have a fixture for 7 days which now is an eternity in internet and twitterland. No doubt, Brendan will be under the cosh should things not go to plan. Although I must admit I am looking forward to the Moyes backlash should/when he messes up down the M62.

Remember the days in the not too distant past when there was a mid-week game to follow the opening fixture. It was a great chance to bounce back should the first day result not go to plan. First day jitters happened against Wolves twice in the 80’s, the reigning European Champions going down 1-0 at Molineux in 1981 and two years later we could only draw 1-1 before putting it right a few days later with a first league victory.

More recently we have had to put up with International games in the week of the start of the premiership. I remember Dirk running riot for Holland in Dublin just before he signed for us and an all action substitute debut at home to West Ham. (The Agger Goal Game). Thankfully the crazy August international fixtures are being phased out, but i wonder what else is up FIFA’s sleeve?

So bring it on – enjoy the hopefully many ups and not so many downs over the next 9 months.

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