On This Day – United and Liverpool, the Fixed Game

April 2, 2011

2-4-1915 Manchester United beat Liverpool 2-0 at Old Trafford in front of a crowd of 18,000 on this day in 1915. George Anderson scored both of United’s goals in a end of the season mid-table match. A large amount of the money had been placed on United winning 2-0 at 7/1 and the FA investigated the game for match fixing. Three United and four Liverpool players where banned for life for match fixing. One of the players, Sandy Turnbull, was killed in the First World War and five of the others received a reduced ban due their service in the War, but Enoch ‘Knocker’ West, served a ban of thirty years, the longest ban in the history of the Football League.

West played for Sheffield United and Nottingham Forest before moving to Old Trafford in 1910.  He won a league winners’ medal in 1911 for United and scored 80 goals for the Reds before he was banned in 1915.

Free the Manchester United One

Graham Sharp wrote ‘Free the Manchester United One‘ about West’s campaign to prove his innocence. West had sued the FA for libel, a case which he lost.




On This Day – Fowler Supports Striking Dockers

March 20, 2011

20-3-1997 Robbie Fowler showed his support for striking Liverpool dockers after scoring against Norwegian club Brann in European Cup Winners’ Cup match on this day in 1997. Fowler removed his shirt to reveal a t-shirt that had ‘Support The 500 Sacked Dockers‘ printed on it. The Liverpool born striker was fined 2,000 Swiss Francs by UEFA for the action.

Liverpool won the match 3-0 thanks to two goals by Fowler and one from Stan Collymore. The Liverpool line-up was James, Wright, Harkness, Bjørnebye, Matteo, McAteer, McManaman, Barnes, Redknapp, Fowler and Berger.

Fowler had scored this memorable goal in the first leg in Norway that had ended 1-1.

Keegan, Dalglish, Beardsley, Suarez – A New King is Born?

March 6, 2011

Uruguayan Luis Suarez‘s  performance for Liverpool against Manchester United at Anfield today makes me wonder if Liverpool have finally found a player that can continue the tradition of the number seven shirt. In the famous footsteps of Keegan, Dalglish and Peter Beardsley.

Liverpool football crest

Photo: I.Embrace

On This Day – Fowler Scores His Final Liverpool Goal

February 24, 2011

24-2-2007 On this day in 2007 Robbie Fowler scored his 183th and last goal for Liverpool. The Toxteth born striker scored two penalties in a 4-0 home win over Sheffield United. Sami Hyypia and Steven Gerrard scored Liverpool’s other goals in the Premier League encounter.

Robbie Fowler

Fowler scored on his debut for the Reds in September 1993 and scored 31 goals in both 1994-5 and 1996-97 and season best of 36 in 1995-96. He moved to Leeds and Manchester City before returning to Anfield in 2006. His final Liverpool games was against Charlton at Anfield 13th May 2007.

Liverpool top scorers:

  1. Ian Rush 346
  2. Roger Hunt 286
  3. Gordon Hodgson 241
  4. Billy Liddel 228
  5. Robbie Fowler 193
  6. Kenny Dalglish 172
  7. Michael Owen 158
  8. Harry Chambers 151
  9. Steven Gerrard 140
  10. Sam Raybould 130



Photo: Liam d’Noit

El Niño Moving South

January 31, 2011

Torres moves to Chelsea

Photo: Alex France

Twitter Babel On His Way To Hoffenheim

January 18, 2011

Woman texting in Tehran

Photo: Kamshots

The Greats – Paisley on Dalglish

January 8, 2011

Few great players make the transition into management. The reason is that the great players are normally like soloists in an orchestra. They perform alone and tend to look down on those of lesser ability. That was never Kenny. He was like a conductor who brought others into play. He understood that not everyone was blessed with the greatest skill. He had patience both as a player and as a manager.”

Bob Paisley on Kenny Dalglish, 1991

From The Book of Football Quotations by Phil Shaw