Month: April 2006
Kirkland wanted by WBA – if they stay up
Bryan Robson says he can’t make any decisions on the future of Chris Kirkland until West Brom’s own future is known. The Baggies are fighting relegation and Robson says if they fail then Kirkland will be out of their reach. Robson said: “As a manager I would love to keep Chris here but it’s going to be down to circumstances and which division we are in next season. Obviously the wage budget is different between the Championship and the Premiership. But if I could do a deal with Liverpool, Chris and his agent, I would be interested.”
The former Manchester United midfielder is not going to even bother discussing the issue with the Reds though until they are either relegated or saved: “Until we know where we are going to be there’s no point in talking to Liverpool.” At least Robson was willing to say how much he’s been impressed by Kirkland, who has been hit by more of his bad luck during his season long loan at West Brom. Robson said: “I have been impressed with Chris and he was unlucky to get his kidney problem when he did after doing well in the first half of the season. Then he broke his finger which can happen to anyone. To have Tomasz and Chris at West Brom, both of whom are only in their mid 20s, and have them developing together would be ideal.”
Kirkland himself was quick to defend himself against the reputation that sees him labelled as nothing other than injury prone: “I have been unlucky with injuries at West Brom but have proved that whatever club signs me will not be taking on a crock next season. There were question marks placed over my back which I had problems with over the previous couple of years but it has not been an issue at all this season.”
Liverpool may be happy to let Kirkland move on, but the nonsense about captain Steven Gerrard heading to Real Madrid was quickly dismissed today by Rafael Benitez. Madrid’s director of football Benito Floro used Gerrard in an attempt to win himself favour at the Spanish club, and the English press enjoyed the opportunity to stir up trouble ahead of Liverpool’s latest clash with Chelsea at the weekend. Rafa couldn’t make it any clearer – none of his hidden meanings in his simple statement: “He’s not for sale. The situation is very clear. Steven Gerrard is not for sale.”
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New stadium moves a small step closer
Some progress for Liverpool FC in their attempts to build a new stadium on Stanley Park. Liverpool City Council today started advertising for a contractor to take on the task of restoring parts of Stanley Park, part of the overall work to regenerate the area around the existing ground. Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, the city council leader Warren Bradley said: “This scheme has been held up for far too long. We gave the go-ahead to the restoration of Stanley Park some time ago so it is good news that we are now advertising for a contractor to carry out the work.”
The plans for the new stadium were reapproved before Easter, and this is another big step towards the new ground for the Reds. Liverpool are still waiting for investment to be agreed before they can start work themselves, but the council say the park restoration work will continue regardless: “This work will be done separately from the new stadium, so we can still carry on with the park’s restoration, even if the club changes its mind.”
Even the opposition leader Joe Anderson was pleased to see some progress, although he didn’t quite say that in so many words: “The regeneration of Anfield and Breckfield is long overdue, and residents and businesses are suffering from this project’s inertia.”
There is a fund of around £20m for this additional work, which is needed as part of the work to build the new stadium, but won’t be spent on the grounds itself. This part of the money is to come from the European Objective One scheme and also the North West Development Agency. Included in this work is restoration of fountains and floral displays in the park, as well the Gladstone conservatory. New play areas will be built on the park too, but none of this concerns the “Friends of Stanley Park”. This organisation seem to prefer leaving things as they are – mainly derelict.
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Result: Blackburn 0 Liverpool 1
FA Premiership Result.
Blackburn 0 Liverpool 1 (Fowler, 29)
Blackburn: Friedel, Neill, Khizanishvili, Nelsen, Gray, Bentley, Savage, Reid, Pedersen, Dickov (Kuqi 67), Bellamy
Unused subs: Enckelman, Emerton, Mokoena, Peter
Booked: Savage, Bentley, Neill.
Liverpool: Reina, Finnan, Carragher, Hyypia, Warnock (Kewell 69), Cisse, Sissoko, Alonso, Riise, Morientes (Kromkamp 81), Fowler (Luis Garcia 63)
Unused subs: Dudek, Traore
Booked: Sissoko, Alonso.
Referee: A Wiley (Staffordshire).
Shots on Target
Shots off Target
Reds boss Rafael Benitez: “I was most pleased with the team spirit and our plan worked very well for us. We knew they had very quick players up front so we sat back and tried to hit them on the counter attack. You need to create the majority of chances in games like this and that is exactly what we managed to do.”
Reds and Rovers both looking for points
Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez would like nothing more on his birthday today than seeing the Reds close the gap on second-placed Manchester United. Chelsea’s win yesterday meant it was finally impossible mathematically for the Reds to win the league, but second place is certainly within reach. Liverpool are six points behind United at the moment, and it’s still a real outside chance for them to be overtaken, but nobody expected Sunderland to take points off United on Friday.
Today’s opponents have their own ambitions though, and Mark Hughes will want his Blackburn side to prove they deserve to be in the top six by beating the Reds, and in turn press their claim even more for a European place. Even Champions League football is a possibility for the Lancashire side.
The game this afternoon has a few little side-shows to it. Djibril Cisse will be returning to play at the ground where his career nearly ended if he’s picked. It was early last season that the Frenchman broke his leg at Ewood Park. Blackburn striker Craig Bellamy has again been linked with a move to Anfield, and press reports today have revisited reports from when Bellamy signed for Rovers that his contract includes a £6million get-out clause should an offer come in from a Champions League side. Mark Hughes may be making himself a lot of friends in Blackburn since taking over from Graeme Souness, but he’s less likely to make any friends at Anfield thanks to his past with Manchester United, Everton and Chelsea. Brad Friedel keeps goal for Blackburn against his old club, and Dominic Matteo is in the Blackburn squad hoping to face his former club.
Riise: Playing today would not be right
Liverpool full-back John Arne Riise summed up what a Liverpool fans felt about the original plan for Liverpool to play Blackburn Rovers today. With Liverpool’s potentially heavy fixture commitments the club claimed there was no room to move the game away from today. It was set to kick off at tea-time, but even then there would not be enough time for many to make it to the both the game and the memorial service, which takes place as always at 2.45pm. In the end Liverpool’s elimination from the Champions League made room for the fixture to be delayed by a day. Now the Blackburn match is being played tomorrow, and will be televised by Sky.
It’s a tough day for Liverpool fans. Everyone chooses to spend the day in their own way, whether it’s attending the service, staying at home to reflect or going to a place special to them. Going to watch the Reds player has never been an option, never been a decision that’s had to be made. According to Riise, it’s just as well. He’s happy that he will still be able to attend the service at Anfield, and that he’s not got to play on such a significant and sad day: “It is a very sad time for everyone. Everybody knows about it and for us to come to the service to give something back is good. It shows that football is not that important in the end. I think it’s good for everyone to come and see the families and show our support. This will be the fifth time I will be at the service and I’m looking forward to it. It’s a sad occasion but I’m glad I can give something back.”
Today is not a day for football. Riise’s words may come as a shock to those that thought it would be OK to play today. Riise says it just wouldn’t have worked: “It just wouldn’t have felt right playing today. There would have been so much fuss about it as well in the papers, so I think Blackburn did a good job to change the game. It is such a big day for the Liverpool players, the fans and the families, we just couldn’t have played. What Blackburn did showed it means a lot to everybody.”
In memory of 96 Liverpool supporters
To the ninety-six Liverpool supporters who died as a result of the Hillsborough disaster on April 15th 1989, may you all rest in peace. You are always in our thoughts, and we will never forget you. You’ll Never Walk Alone.
John Alfred Anderson (62)
Raymond Thomas Chapman (50)
Henry Thomas Burke (47)
Eric George Hughes (42)
Arthur Horrocks (41)
David Hawley (39)
Thomas Howard (39)
Brian Christopher Mathews (38)
David George Rimmer (38)
Inger Shah (38)
Michael David Kelly (38)
Patrik John Thompson (35)
Roy Harry Hamilton (34)
Vincent Michael Fitzsimmons (34)
Eric Hankin (33)
Stephen Francis Harrison (31)
Peter Reuben Thompson (30)
Alan Johnston (29)
Anthony Peter Kelly (29)
Christopher Edwards (29)
James Robert Hennessy (29)
Joseph Clark (29)
Martin Kenneth Wild (29)
Alan McGlone (28)
Barry Glover (27)
Christine Anne Jones (27)
Francis Joseph McAllister (27)
Gary Harrison (27)
Nicholas Peter Joynes (27)
Andrew Mark Brookes (26)
Barry Sidney Bennett (26)
Christopher James Traynor (26)
Paul Anthony Hewitson (26)
Paula Ann Smith (26)
David Steven Brown (25)
Richard Jones (25)
Derrick George Godwin (24)
Graham John Roberts (24)
Peter Andrew Burkett (24)
Colin Andrew Hugh William Sefton (23)
David Leonard Thomas (23)
Tracey Elizabeth Cox (23)
William Roy Pemberton (23)
David John Benson (22)
David William Birtle (22)
Gary Collins (22)
Tony Bland (22)
Carl William Rimmer (21)
Joseph Daniel McCarthy (21)
Marion Hazel McCabe (21)
Paul David Brady (21)
Peter Francis Tootle (21)
Peter McDonnell (21)
Thomas Steven Fox (21)
Gordon Rodney Horn (20)
Ian Thomas Glover (20)
Stephen Paul Copoc (20)
Colin Mark Ashcroft (19)
Colin Wafer (19)
David William Mather (19)
Gary Christopher Church (19)
Ian David Whelan (19)
James Philip Delaney (19)
Paul William Carlile (19)
Sarah Louise Hicks (19)
Carl Brown (18)
Carl David Lewis (18)
Christopher Barry Devonside (18)
Gary Philip Jones (18)
James Gary Aspinall (18)
John McBrien (18)
Jonathon Owens (18)
Paul Clark (18)
Carl Darren Hewitt (17)
Graham John Wright (17)
Henry Charles Rogers (17)
Keith McGrath (17)
Simon Bell (17)
Stephen Francis O’Neill (17)
Steven Joseph Robinson (17)
Stuart Paul William Thompson (17)
Kester Roger Marcus Ball (16)
Martin Kevin Traynor (16)
Nicholas Michael Hewitt (16)
Kevin Daniel Williams (15)
Kevin Tyrrell (15)
Peter Andrew Harrison (15)
Philip John Steele (15)
Victoria Jane Hicks (15)
Adam Edward Spearritt (14)
Lee Nicol (14)
Paul Brian Murray (14)
Philip Hammond (14)
Thomas Anthony Howard (14)
Jon-Paul Gilhooley (10)
Youth Cup Final: Support makes a difference
Liverpool’s youth side take on Manchester City’s equivalent team in tonight’s Youth Cup final first leg at Anfield. The game kicks off at 7.30pm and is available to UK viewers on Sky Sports.
The reds won their semi-final against Southampton in a penalty shoot-out at St Mary’s. The few Liverpool supporters that made it down to the south coast helped the Reds players to get the victory, singing the anthem “You’ll Never Walk Alone” proudly. Tonight there should be a much larger contingent of Reds supporters – Anfield officials believe that there could be 30,000 at the game, the majority of course being Reds.
The youth side is made up of players from the Academy and the eligible players from the reserve side. According to Academy coach John Owens, the final should see a decent level of support for the youngsters: “In a way the response from the fans in the previous youth games has been disappointing with only a handful plus family and friends of the players, but we would hope that the fact that we are in the final would spur some of those who have not been along to see the youth team would come along and support us, because it does make a difference. You only have to ask the first team players about that.”
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Prayers for the 96 at Town Hall today
There will be special prayers said today at Liverpool Town Hall in remembrance of the Hillsborough disaster and all those affected by it. On Saturday it will be 17 years to the day since the disaster took place, when 96 Liverpool supporters needlessly died.
The Lord Mayor and the Rector of Liverpool, Reverend Steven Brooks are to join together in prayer for those fans and their families. The Lord Mayor, Councillor Alan Dean, spoke about the disaster to the Liverpool City Council’s website: “Hillsborough affected so many lives not just in Merseyside but across the whole of the UK. The passing years do not diminish the importance and the poignancy of this occasion. This ceremony and the annual memorial service at Anfield mean that we will never forget the old and young who died as a result of this terrible disaster.”
One of those taking part is the chairman of the Hillsborough Family Support Group – Phil Hammond, whose 14-year-old son Philip died that day. Mr Hammond said: “I’m really pleased that the city council is once again doing something to mark the anniversary of Hillsborough. As the father of one of the 96 who died I feel strongly about making sure that their memories live on.”
On Saturday the annual memorial service takes place at Anfield. Organised as always by the Hillsborough Family Support Group, the service starts at 2.45pm. A minute’s silence will be held at 3.06pm. All are welcome to attend the Anfield ceremony.
Auction of Reds memorabilia – Steven Cook is still missing
The following is from the ynwa.tv website, and will be of interest to most of this site’s visitors. Please support in any way you can:
“Bid for a piece of Liverpool memorabilia to aid in the search for Steven Cook
To help raise funds which will allow the Cook family to continue their search for Steve over in Crete, we are delighted to announce that we will be holding an auction of Liverpool and football memorabilia at the Oakfield pub, after the last home game against Aston Villa of the season on 29th April.
Items available include a Champions League final programme, Champions League final ticket, biographies on Rafael Benítez, match programmes and LFC magazines all signed by Liverpool manager Rafa Benítez; a Tranmere Rovers shirt signed by John Aldridge; a pair of boxing gloves as worn by Naseem Hamed; signed LFC footballs from the 2001 and 2006 squads; signed portrait of Sean Long from St Helens Saints plus other Saints items; some signed books from Tony award-winning, and Oscar nominated Liverpudlian writer Willy Russell; an 95/96 Collymore LFC shirt signed by the team plus many other bits of memorabilia.
Many other items are being added day by day some of which will only be available to those attending on the night.
For those fans unable to attend the function, you can view the items on http://teveookuctionakie29thpril2006.fotopic.net/ – each item has its own unique code starting with SMC_nnn. You can reserve a bid by emailing email@example.com.
Please ensure you enter the correct code and the maximum amount you are willing to pay for that item, and how you wish to pay. You must also ensure that you have entered your full name and postal address and a contact number.
Winning items can either be paid with by cheque, paypal or for those attending the function – by cash.
The family would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who have helped to make this possible: Kev for the idea and for driving us on with it! Carl and Tony at the Oakfield pub for providing the venue and donating the Naseem Hamed gloves, Gravy for the signed Collymore shirt, Steve Hallmark for the signed Tranmere shirt, Bill and Steve from the St Helens Star for organising the Saints stuff, Jez and Nick at the Widnes World for the Vikings stuff, Andrew at the Crewe Guardian for the signed 2001 LFC squad ball, Rob for the Willy Russell books, Carl (again!) and Chris for the menu signed by Aldo, Beckie for getting all of the items signed by Rafa, WBA for the promise of a limited edition pennant, MBNA bank for a ball signed by the 2006 squad, Case for donating a load of Liverpool FC related books and newspapers from the days following No.5, Liverpool football club (and Kev!) for a ball signed by the 2006 squad, NUFC for helping to organise getting two England shirts signed by Michael Owen, Rob at Crewe Alex for organising a signed shirt, the Lancashire Evening Telegraph for trying to organise a signed Blackburn Rovers shirt, and everyone else, including who is helping us to obtain items for the auction, plus of course everyone at YNWA and RAWK for their continued support – we truly do not walk alone.”
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