I was going to post on the build-up to the Merseyside Derby and explain why like many others I hate derby week and it’s attendant ratcheting up of disdain and loathing one for the other, but I will abstain from giving the rachet another twist.
Then I found myself on an Everton internet forum writing these words about the Lovables, in reply to someone who said he had a friend who believed Liverpool F.C. to be evil.
“I don’t know if I think they are evil but an institution like a football club can have a collective ethos. And theirs is hugely arrogant, insular and defensive, constantly put upon with a horrible victim’s complex. There is something twisted and small-minded- a nastiness, a spitefulness.”
(His response- “Can we get all that on a banner?”)
So I thought I might I expound on the collective ethos that blankets our horrible neighbours and quickly said “no, better blue me, why go there? I don’t want to write about them anyway” Instead, here’s some of my fave derby moments, which I hope we’ll add to come the weekend.
The first two goals on this video are iconic. Andy King’s great goal ended a long dry spell of grim draws and grimmer defeats. Oh how I rubbed the smug Kopite noses in it on the following Monday morning at school. The Sharp goal signaled the resurgence of Everton under Howard Kendall for all the world to see. Everton never looked back and went on to be Champions…..
Summoning up all our feelings about Liverpool, Kevin Sheedy scores from a wonderful freekick and salutes the Kop….
Liverpool’s current tormentor Tim Cahill, scoring from an Arteta freekick. What’s satisfying about this is that you can hear some Red say, “Tim fucking Cahill AGAIN…”
Here’s the same goal from TV….
And ’cause this never fails to bring a smile….