Tuesday, May 03, 2005

You'll Never Walk Alone


Football has been kicking me in the teeth for years. First Liverpool's descent into mediocrity, then Dundalk's descent into near oblivion and, latterly, Ireland's regular implosions when push comes to shove. One of the best days of my life (in football terms at least) was when Dundalk won the FAI Cup in 2002. Being from virtually a non-GAA county this was the closest thing to real local success and universal civic pride I'd ever experienced and it was like a drug.

Sure, I'm not from Liverpool, but if they can take Chelsea tonight the feelings will be something similar. I love football and there's just something so compelling about the thoughts of a family-owned (non PLC) club from the working class North of England with decades of history to their name, but currently unable to compete with the (rich) elite, defeating the nouveau riche boys from West London and their Russian billionaire owner who got rich by screwing a nation on its knees.

Here's hoping...

Update next moning:

Unbelievable! I was shaking like a leaf for the last twenty minutes. Eidur Gudjohnsen had Chelsea's best chance of the match 5 1/2 minutes into injury time and fluffed it. Karma? He's the man who "engineered" the suspension of Liverpool's playmaker, Xabi Alonso, after all.

Bring on Milan (more than likely) and see you in Istanbul... actually there's no way I can afford to go. Still, Igor Biscan 1 European Cup Final, Roy Keane 0 - imagine that. Oh, and Mourinho being such a gracious loser (not a single shot on target from open play in 180 minutes of football, José) is just the icing on the cake.
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