The Redmen TV on injuries and fashion.

Two new videos for Liverpool fans to watch from The Redmen TV, with a couple more promised in the next day or two.

As always, be aware that the language is – some might say – rather choice. The FA won’t like it, for example.

In other words:

WARNING: CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE!

First up is The Redmen TV’s take on Liverpool’s injury worries.
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Jan Fairclough, RIP

It’s with great sadness that we report the tragic death of Jan Fairclough earlier today.

Jan was wife to David – the man whose goal against St Etienne at Anfield helped the Reds on their way to that first European Cup in 1977 – and mum to their children Tom and Sophie.

Although David is probably remembered best for that goal in 1977 – Liverpool were going out on the away goals rule with the score at 2-2 on aggregate until the then 20-year-old scored the decisive goal – he scored 55 goals in over 150 appearances for the Reds.

Nowadays he is a familiar face and voice to a new generation of Reds through his work for the official TV channel, where he offers insight into Liverpool games at all levels, from the academy to the first team. With David a former team-mate of Kenny Dalglish and Sammy Lee it goes without saying that the loss of Jan will be felt throughout the club.

Described by the club’s official website as “a beautiful woman” she was taken ill on Wednesday and it was found she had suffered a brain aneurysm. She went into a coma and sadly never recovered.

Daughter Sophie, a journalism student, also works for the club’s official TV channel as the presenter of a popular new show which gives supporters a chance to see the most-watched videos from the club’s website. Sophie won the Style 2010 award a year ago at the Grand National and was back modelling at Aintree ahead of this year’s meeting before tragedy struck.

Son Tom is also a student and is now coming to the end of the final year of his degree. He was once a member of Everton’s youth academy but understandably remained a staunch Liverpool supporter.

Liverpool’s Managing Director Ian Ayre led the tributes to Jan, saying: “Everyone at the club who knew David and Jan are devastated by this news. David and Jan were inseparable and our thoughts tonight are with David and his children Sophie and Tom and their extended family.”

Marina Dalglish, wife of Liverpool manager Kenny, used Twitter to pass her public condolences onto the family, saying: “We are all absolutely devastated at news of Jan’s death. A true friend and we will miss her a lot. Thinking of Tom, Sophie and David.”

Those sentiments are echoed by Liverpool supporters the world over and tributes will continue to pour in.

Rest in peace. You’ll Never Walk Alone.

Picking a horse not as easy as it sounds

It’s the Grand National again and time to part with some money. And as is traditional I’ll pay for the bets, but won’t get to keep the winnings.

For many people putting a bet on today it’s the only time they do so all year and as a result many a seasoned punter grumbles about it being little more than a lottery. Just as well – chances are most of those who put their annual horseracing bet on for this play the lottery most weeks anyway.

People pick lottery numbers based on memorable dates or just buy a “lucky dip”. Picking horses for a Grand National requires about the same amount of thought, but if you’re really serious you can look at other factors. The colour the jockey will be wearing can be important, but not as important as a name that sounds, if you say it in a funny enough accent, like a place you once went to on holiday.

So I set about picking my horse for this year.

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LFC experiences up for auction in bid to help tackle malaria

Seats in the Director’s Box, a training session at the Academy and a chance to be team mascot are just some of the experiences up for grabs in a charity auction later this month.

To mark World Malaria Day on 25th April, Liverpool FC’s main sponsor, Standard Chartered, has teamed up with Malaria No More UK in supporting an online charity auction which will offer Reds fans some outstanding LFC experiences.

A child dies from malaria every 45 seconds but Standard Chartered are helping tackle the disease head on.

Malaria No More UK is part of a global movement to reach near zero deaths from malaria by 2015. The charity saves lives through high-impact awareness and fundraising campaigns and by making strategic investments in Africa where over 90% of all malaria deaths occur.
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‘Liar Liar’ raising awareness about lies in The Sun

Stephen Smith, a Liverpool-based singer/songwriter, released a single on Monday called ‘Liar Liar’. The song refers to the disgraceful lies printed in The Sun just a few days after the Hillsborough disaster in 1989.

All proceeds from the song will be donated to Hope for Hillsborough, the HFSG and the HJC. It can be downloaded from Amazon or iTunes (links below) for just 79p.

As well as raising money for three organisations that help those affected by the disaster, it’s hoped that the release of the song will raise awareness of untruths printed in The Sun that some individuals still seem to believe are true. Some people, even some of the younger Liverpool supporters, don’t realise the depths the Sun sank to that day.

The more copies are downloaded the higher the record gets into the charts and that in turn will see it given further exposure.

If you can, please download it from one of the following links. And before you say it’s not quite your cup of tea musically, it’s still cheaper than what it costs for a crappy cup of tea at many a public venue these days. Do without the tea, buy the single!

Download from Amazon.

Download from iTunes.

This is the promo video for the single:

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