Monday, June 20, 2011

Liverpool Hall Of Fame

 Ian St. John, Ray Clemence, Alan Hansen, and John Barnes give a personal view of what makes Liverpool the most consistently successful football club in the land. This hour long programme highlights the "Reds" memorable achievements over the last 25 years at home and abroad. The players talk about the background to their careers, reminisce about famous games and players, and enjoy, again, over 50 goals that show why Liverpool, and the players who represent the club are so special.
English football went aerial. Hoofed clearances and knock-downs became the common currency or the English game. Or did they? The paradox of ihe anti-Eighties backlash is that English clubs were hugely successful abroad. Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest won the second of their European Cups in 1980. Liverpool won two more in 1981 and 1984 and were beaten, not surprisingly, amid the hell of Heysel 12 months later. English clubs are still labouring to re-climb those peaks. In the Eighties it was assumed that the Liverpools and Nottingham Forests would go on winning European Cups forever. Fifteen years after Liverpool beat AS Roma on penalties, Manchester United ended England's embarrassing barren spell. For most of the Nineties, however, the financial enrichment of the Premiership seemed to be taking it no nearer to a conquest of the Champions League.
Another rich inheritance of the Eighties was the quality and range of individual star players. It could not be said of the decade which followed that British football managed to produce performers of the calibre of Peter Shilton, Graeme Souness, Bryan Robson, Ian Rush, Kenny Dalglish, Gary Lineker and, at the end of the period, Paul Gascoigne, whose combustible career rose and levelled out with the 1990 world Cup. These gifted players emerged across all nationalities and all positions. Few of us would back a team of the Nineties to defeat a side containing the luminaries listed above. Neville Southall, Ray Clemence and John Barnes -twice Footballer of the Year -could also make a strong case for inclusion.
Rush, Souness and Lineker were tempted abroad to huge European clubs. There was no comparable stampede to sign the best British players in the final 10 years before the Millennium (Paul Ince, Gascoigne and Steve McManaman were exceptions which prove the rule). The traffic travelled mostly the other way. In the Eighties our clubs relied almost exclusively on homegrown talent and raw native spirit. The long-ball theory did take hold. People theorized about how few passes could be involved in a move that covered the whole pilch and ended with an inelegant goal. At times it was medieval and instilled the worst possible habits in the young. But in Charles Hughes-ville ihere was considerable individual skill as well as the legacy of some of Britain's finest teams who rolled off the gilded conveyor belt of Anfield.

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Bitrate 1300
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