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  1. William Morris

    Has anyone been to Playa Blanca in Lanzarote?

    Was there a few years ago when we beat Man U at Anfield 2-1. Tevez scored very early for them and we came back to win, think it was Robbie Keane and Ryan Babel with the goals. Watched it in this outdoor bar with a load of other Scousers and a load of Mancs, about equal numbers, with us all segregating ourselves on opposite sides of the area in front of the big screen. Everyone got behind their team, slaughtered the opposition players but nobody said a word to the other set of fans, with everyone apparently desperate not to start anything on holiday while our wives were presumably sunning themselves either back at the pool or on the beach. In other words, it was fucking surreal and quite bizarre. Anyway........ I thought the place was quite good, a long promenade with a succession of nice beaches and loads of nice places to eat, from the harbour at one end where you can get the boat to Fuerteventura from, to the Marina at the other which was called The Rubicon if I'm remembering correctly. We usually go to Greece and it was more expensive than there but not massively so, though I thought the Irish bars that have been mentioned were a bit too pricey. I suppose I'd be happy to go back.
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    Fascinating Liverpool pictures

    Love the way this one confirms on the back of the bench that it's winter. I was thinking it might have been July for a minute. Some great stuff here.
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    Shankly: Nature,s Fire

    Being of a certain age and having lived through at least part of the time he managed us, it goes without saying I absolutely idolised the man. I had the pleasure of meeting him on one occasion too and he easily lived up to expectations. So I don't say the following lightly. Basically, although I agree the club should have found a way to accommodate him after he quit, I'm not sure what a role that would have satisfied him could possibly have been. He made 2 mistakes imo. 1. He quit when he shouldn't have. It was too soon and he still had loads to offer and I'm sure he realised this pretty quickly. 2. Turning up at Melwood from day one the following season after he quit. How someone with his experience and all round football knowledge could have thought that this wouldn't have been a problem, especially for Bob Paisley, is hard to understand. He was also big on psychology, so probably should have realised how his presence could have fucked with the heads of the players, players who still called him boss while the real boss was standing a few yards away. Imagine how long he would have put up with it himself if they were calling someone else boss when he was in charge. A nano-second perhaps? Of course he didn't mean it that way but Bob must have felt undermined by this situation. As for any potential future role, well by turning up at Melwood the way he did, plus by his bits and bobs of involvement with other clubs later on (I think Wrexham and Tranmere spring to mind if I'm remembering it correctly) he would have seen any such suitable role as being hands on, with plenty of involvement with the players. For the reasons already stated, this would have been very difficult. I'm pretty sure he would seen anything else as him accepting charity, with them inventing some non existent job just to keep him at the club and there's no way he would have done that. So as I said, I'm sure there could/should have been a role for him, I'm not sure what a suitable one would have been and it was a difficult situation for the club. It was just so sad the way it ended really and, that he felt a degree of resentment to a club that he loved and that he probably took that resentment/regret to the grave.
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    Shankly: Nature,s Fire

    To be fair to Peter Hooton, I'm pretty sure he was involved in making this doc.
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    Our Worst Result

    Yeah, that Coventry game was the one I was thinking of and I'm surprised it hasn't been mentioned more often. A poor performance where we struggled to break them down but after about an hour Fowler smacked a brilliant RIGHT footed volley in to give us the lead at The Kop end. For the 1st time that season, I genuinely thought we'd win the league and it's destiny was in our own hands. Half an hour later, mainly thanks to David James I knew we had no chance. Everyone looked devastated at the final whistle, sitting there with heads in hands etc. We'll never know for sure but I also believe if we'd won it that year, we'd have won it more often in the following years and certainly wouldn't still be waiting for another title win all these years later. For the out and out worst level of performance, I agree with those who said that semi final the other year against Villa takes some beating. We were lucky it wasn't far worse than 2-1 against an absolutely dreadful side with a joke of a manager. Felt like fucking killing the lot of them that day.
  6. I know. That was part of my little argument with me saying the game in question was against West Brom rather than Birmingham. Ha, deep down I still think the rest of the world is wrong tbh.
  7. Thanks for identifying him for me, even though I'll have to admit to being wrong now. Could have sworn it was John Osborne who was a great character form a time when there were more of such people.
  8. Don't suppose you can remember who the Birmingham keeper was on that day can you? I was arguing with someone about this very incident recently and I had it in my head it was the West Brom keeper John Osborne, therefore we must have been playing them. The feller I was arguing with said it was against Birmingham. Looks like I was wrong and he was right then. A photo of it appeared in one or more of the Sunday papers the next day. I was desperately trying to find this photo online somewhere so I could win the argument. Don't think I'll mention it again if I was wrong.
  9. Nah. A few seasons later, probably late 70s, they beat us 3-2 at Anfield but they did go 3-0 up in that game before we launched a late fight back. Maybe this is the one you're thinking of? Funnily enough, having already mentioned Gordon Taylor producing the only good performance of his career in the 4-3 game, in this one Trevor Francis did exactly the same. He was brilliant in this game but imo was massively overrated the rest of the time. Couldn't stand him and still can't when he's co-commentating on the telly.
  10. Believe it or not, flying winger Gordon Taylor (yes, THAT Gordon Taylor) terrorised our defence that day producing the only good performance in his entire career.
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    Youth Team/Cup

    Isn't it a bit odd that Liverpool FC, which unsurprisingly is in Liverpool, should spew the Liverpool Senior Cup only to take part in the Lancashire Senior Cup instead? No, I'm not losing much sleep over it either but, unless someone knows of some irrefutable logic behind the decision, odd seems a fair description to me.
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    The Isle of Man

    The Kingdom of the sea, I think that was the other one I didn't get.
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    The Isle of Man

    I love the place and feel the need to get another IOM fix if I haven't been for 2 or 3 years. First went there with me mum and dad when aged about 8 then again with the school when 9 or 10. Went with mates when in my early 20s and we promptly got thrown off the island for a combination of fighting with a load of Scottish people who worked there, this just after the England Scotland match which was on the telly at the time during those long gone Home International days. Even then we didn't really give a fuck about England but we weren't taking any shit from those mouthy fuckers. Oh and we got the blame for smashing a shop window and robbing cameras or something which was actually done by some other Scousers who were there at the same time. The bizzies drove us from the police station to the ferry terminal and escorted us on to the ferry for all the world as if we were the Great Train Robbers. They told us not to come back but they must have forgotten about it because they've let me back in quite a few times with me missus and again when the kids were young and again about 3 years ago for a long weekend. It's not that expensive to get to because EasyJet fly there from Liverpool now, or they did last time I checked. And I wouldn't say there's nothing to do when you get there either because there are an almost unlimited number of places to visit when travelling north on the electric railway when some of the scenery is stunning or, south on the steam train. There's the bus too to get to the places the 2 trains don't go to with 3, 5 or 7 day passes for unlimited travel on all 3 plus the horse drawn tram along Douglas prom. This makes said travel much cheaper than if you paid for each individual journey. I don't hire cars myself because alcohol will invariably be taken at some point on these outings. Can't remember if those passes are valid for the mountain railway too but it's something worth doing, especially if you are there on one of the rare days when it's not cloudy and you can see all 7 kingdoms. These kingdoms being (I'll probably get this wrong as I can never quite remember it) England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Man, Heaven and sure enough I can't remember the other one which should prove that after writing all this, I actually don't work for the IOM Tourist Board.
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    Liverpool 0 Plymouth Argyle 0 (Jan 8 2017)

    It's "goalie when ness," surely? Though I'm not sure all the kids playing it knew "ness" was short for necessary.
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    Miscellaneous fine alcohol

    There is a Peruvian Rum (yes, Peruvian, I ignorantly thought it was a Caribbean only tipple) called Ron Millanaro. It's not just the best rum I've ever tasted, but the best spirit of any kind. Absolutely lovely! Frighteningly expensive though so I'll probably never taste it again. I'll always have my memories though.