Football is as much defined by who you hate, as by who you love. While my feelings for Big United may have diminished slightly over the past few years, my loathing of those bastards at the wrong end of the East Lancs Road, has, if anything, grown stronger. Indeed there were two constants in my football supporting life, one being Manchester United, the other being Liverpool Football Club, who seemed to go out of their way to try and make me as miserable as possible.
There are kids who’ll be going to university this year who weren’t born the last time Liverpool won the league. They are, like the Rubick’s cube, leg warmers, and Fame, a peculiarly 80s thing. Their Champions League win in 2005 was surely just a case of that horrendous 80s revival going a step too far? But anyway, if Fergie can win the league again this year, we’ll have equalled their 18 league titles and shut them up on one front. And then we’re only a couple of European Cup wins from shutting their foul collective gobs up once and for all.
I chose not to dwell on the socio-political and historical reasons for this intense rivalry. They’re well enough known, and well enough documented. And they don’t even matter. All that matters is that felling you get in the pit of your stomach, the knot of anxiety that precedes every match against the enemy. A win can make your weekend, a loss can ruin your whole fucking week.
This weekend sees the first crossing of swords between these two giants of the game. If you’re free Sunday, get yourself down to St Brides fields on Sunday, where FC United Youth play AFC Liverpool Youth in the North West Youth Alliance Open Cup.
FC United of Manchester YOUTH TEAM vs AFC Liverpool YOUTH TEAM
North West Youth Alliance Open Cup
Sunday 14th September 2008, 2.30pm kick off
St Brides Fields, Old Trafford, Manchester, M16.
Oh aye. There’s some match on Saturday lunch time an all.
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