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Pour ceux que ça intéresse, lors de votre prochaine visite à Anfield, allez visiter cette boulangerie proche d'Anfield dès son ouverture : An oven at the heart of Anfield

Si j'ai bien compris, elle va ouvrir dès l'été prochain, mais ça a l'air sympa de voir la communauté autour d'Anfield qui se réunit pour ce projet.

That's the spirit !

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C'est le stade mythique pour les matchs de coupe d'Europe. On a hâte de revoir çà, et avec 15 000 places supplémentaires.

Ici, je ne peux m'empêcher de rire en voyant Reina avec des cheveux... :mrgreen:

Le match qui a envoyé les Reds à sa première finale européenne depuis 1985. Regardez bien les fans, même sans être aussi fous qu'en 2005 contre Chelsea, c'est déjà costaud.

This is Anfield!

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Je ne savais pas trop où poster ca, mais dans le so foot du mois il y a un article sur l’agrandissement d'Anfield.

Je ne trouve pas l'angle de l'article très flatteur pour le club, qui ferait dépérir le quartier d'Anfield pour construire ou agrandir son stade, avec en couv' "Scandale à Liverpool" :vnr:

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Je n’ai pas lu l’article de SF (pas abonné) mais c’est un problème très connu en Angleterre depuis des années (reportages TV, articles, etc.).

La municipalité et le LFC se sont comportés de manière dégueulasse avec les habitants d’Anfield, ils ont vraiment laissé pourrir le quartier pour mieux raser et faire baisser les prix d’achat. Lire cet article de David Conn (ainsi que pas mal des 736 commentaires) :

http://www.theguardian.com/football/david-conn-inside-sport-blog/2013/may/06/anfield-liverpool-david-conn

Contacté, LFC n'a pas souhaité répondre à cet article du Guardian.

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Je n’ai pas lu l’article de SF (pas abonné) mais c’est un problème très connu en Angleterre depuis des années (reportages TV, articles, etc.).

La municipalité et le LFC se sont comportés de manière dégueulasse avec les habitants d’Anfield, ils ont vraiment laissé pourrir le quartier pour mieux raser et faire baisser les prix d’achat. Lire cet article de David Conn (ainsi que pas mal des 736 commentaires) :

http://www.theguardi...pool-david-conn

Contacté, LFC n'a pas souhaité répondre à cet article du Guardian.

Et après on s'étonne qu'ils supportent Everton !!! :trompette:

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Je ne trouve pas l'angle de l'article très flatteur pour le club, qui ferait dépérir le quartier d'Anfield pour construire ou agrandir son stade, avec en couv' "Scandale à Liverpool" :vnr:

Pour l'avoir lu il faut bien avouer que si tout est vrai alors le club s'est comporté "cavaliere", on semble loin de l'esprit solidaire du club.

Mais je pense que les interets sont tels que de toute facon il y'a forcement des "magouilles" quelque aurait été la solution pour le nouveau stade.

C'est vrai que le titre en Une est bien racoleur mais bon ...

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Pour l'avoir lu il faut bien avouer que si tout est vrai alors le club s'est comporté "cavaliere", on semble loin de l'esprit solidaire du club.

Mais je pense que les interets sont tels que de toute facon il y'a forcement des "magouilles" quelque aurait été la solution pour le nouveau stade.

C'est vrai que le titre en Une est bien racoleur mais bon ...

Quand tu vois le pognon dépensé lors des mercatos, et les salaires des joueurs tu peux, je pense, faire in effort pour le rachat des maisons proches du stade...

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The Kop...il y a longtemps : :respect:

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Cette photo me remémore un article, très émouvant d'ailleurs, (à juste titre) de SocialJusticeFirst !

Et avec l'image : le son .....

vidéo youtube

J'ai retrouvé l'article !

Kop Memories

The following article is the first in a short series of articles on SJF: ‘Football and society, then and now’

By Sheila Coleman

My friend Diane (Diane Graham) and I first went to see Liverpool play

when we were seven. We lived in Kirkdale, a neighbouring area of

Anfield. All members of my family were fanatical Evertonians so none of

them would take me to see Liverpool. At that time Everton were the more

successful team. However, I have no recollection of ever liking them. I

believe that I was born a red therefore it was only natural that I

sought refuge with Diane’s family who were all Liverpool supporters. It

might seem strange in the present day to think of two little girls

heading off to a football match totally unsupervised but we had no sense

of danger, only excitement at what the day would bring. As Diane says:

“I think we were quite unique as very few little girls were interested

in football at that time but we both came from football mad families so

it was in our blood!”

kop.jpg?w=300&h=193The Kop, Anfield

Most games were on a Saturday and that day would be packed with fun

from beginning to end. In the morning we would take in a film at the

local cinema (we were ‘ABC minors’ – a film club for children),

hopefully catch a wedding at our church (we sneaked into many a wedding

album) and most importantly we would then go to watch our beloved

Liverpool FC.

We wore whatever clothes our mother’s made us wear. We didn’t have

much money so choice was limited. We did however, have our Liverpool

scarves; hand knitted in our beloved red and white.

We went in the ‘Boy’s Pen’. This was long before the age of sex

discrimination legislation and no one ever thought that girls might want

to see a match. It could be quite rough in there. A large number of

boys in a penned area now seems quite a frightening prospect but I guess

we managed to stand our ground. The Liverpool writer Dave Kirby wrote a

brilliant poem about the Boy’s Pen but I reprimanded him for not saying

about the girls who bravely entered it!

The main reason for going into the Boy’s pen was because it was the

cheapest area in the ground. If we had no money at all then Diane and I

(sometimes with my younger Evertonian brother Philip) would go up to the

ground and wait till three quarter time when all the gates would be

open ready for people to leave. We would sneak in for the last twenty

minutes and often managed to catch a late goal or two. I still marvel at

our ingenuity of not letting poverty get in the way of our sport.

The only time we went to an away game when we were young would be to a

local derby game at Goodison (Everton ground). They were extremely

popular games and so were ticketed occasions. This was long before the

days of voucher systems. Diane and I would get up at the crack of dawn

to queue for tickets and were always successful. We had great staying

power when it came to our beloved Liverpool. Diane recently reminded me

of a neighbour stopping our mothers and commenting on what good little

girls we were to get up for early morning mass!

After the Boy’s Pen and when we had a bit more money we started to go

into the Paddock. This was a much smaller area than the Kop and was

along the side of the pitch adjacent to the Kop. It was a very safe area

and was never as crowded. It contained a mixed crowd of age groups and

was therefore ideal for families. Diane recalls going there with her

mother who would bring a packed lunch and a flask of coffee. During

winter months the coffee would be supplemented with whiskey or brandy

and duly shared around to keep fellow fans warm! Diane and I would

enjoy watching the game from the paddock but always looked longingly

across to the Kop with a steely determination. There was never any doubt

that was where we were headed.

We were eleven years old when we first went on the kop. A rite of

passage. It was no place for the fainthearted. A confidence was needed

to literally stand your ground. However, as young girls we were smart

enough to stand in front of the barriers and from that position always

felt safe. Our favoured spot was in the middle, halfway up and firmly

in front of a barrier. With the benefit of hindsight I suppose that

there must have been times when I was frightened yet I would not have

defined it as ‘fear’ at the time. For me, it was sheer excitement. The

adrenalin rush was amazing and it was very much living in the moment. I

also felt that no harm would befall me, as there were so many ‘friends’

around me. The degree of camaraderie should never be underestimated.

The Kop functioned as a single entity. You literally went with the

flow. It was like a natural force and was an amazing experience.

I can recall one game when we had just scored. I lost a shoe in the

ensuing sway. I can still remember thinking that the thrill of the goal

would outweigh any punishment metered out by my mother. However, someone

shouted from further down that they had found a shoe and I tugged at

the sleeve of a man standing next to me and told him it was mine. The

shoe was duly dispatched hand to hand back up through the crowd and my

mother remained blissfully ignorant.

I also remember an occasion when I was leaving the Kop after a game

and fell over. What could have been a disastrous situation was averted

by someone quickly shouting that a girl had fallen and people stood firm

around me until I was safely back on my feet. These two examples show

that although the environment was not ideal from a safety perspective,

nevertheless, there was a high degree of commonsense and camaraderie

that prevailed which negated any danger.

The bigger games at Anfield held in excess of 50,000 people. It was

quite common for fans to faint in such a large crowd. If someone

fainted in the kop they would carefully be passed over the heads of the

crowd (a bit like crowd surfing at concerts today!) until they reached

the awaiting St John’s Ambulance for first aid.

The Kop was extremely quick witted and would respond to any event

with an appropriate song. Diane recalls the rivalry between Liverpool

keeper Ray Clemence and Peter Shilton. Both England goalkeepers. Shilton

had been chosen ahead of Clemence for the England game against Poland

and had an awful game. The next time he was playing at Anfield he ran to

take his place in the Kop goal. Traditionally, opposing players

received a good welcome by the kop but on this occasion they all started

singing Poland’s number one record!

Also the local rivalry between Liverpool and Everton was enduring but

good-humoured. The late Gordon West, Everton’s goalie, was nick named

Mae West by the Kop and whenever he came to Anfield, someone would run

on the pitch from the Kop and present him with a ladies handbag. He

always took this in good spirit.

The singing was something else! In those days it was commonplace to

sing popular songs, especially Beatles songs. An old BBC report shows

people singing ‘She loves you’. It is hard to imagine so many people

singing in unison and believing that it would start with one person and

grow to the entire crowd singing. However, as I said previously, the Kop

functioned as one. Culturally, football and music were the twin

passions of Liverpool people. This is still largely true today. It is

what makes our city so special. We are a diverse group of people and

bring a richness of cultural differences to the table.

The singing of “You’ll never walk alone’ is tied up with the

popularity of Liverpool groups at the time. Gerry and the Pacemakers

were second only to the Beatles. When Gerry recorded YNWA (from the

musical ‘Carousel’), it seemed a natural progression from the pop charts

to the terraces. The words were appropriate to showing support and

solidarity but an added poignancy was added after the Hillsborough

disaster. Although I have heard it sung thousands of times it still

fills me with emotion. My most memorable singing of the song is a

Hillsborough related story. I was an academic researcher who monitored

the legal proceedings after the Hillsborough disaster. I attended the

(now discredited) inquests into the deaths. On the final day of the

inquests the coroner recorded ‘accidental death’ verdicts against all

the dead. Families were distraught and many began crying. He told them

to be quiet or they would have to leave the court. He said that the

names of the dead would be read out and he would leave the court in

silence. The names were duly read out but as he was exiting the

courtroom a bereaved mother began defiantly singing, “When you walk

through a storm…” She sung for us all, everyone one of us who could have

been her dead son. I will never forget her dignity and courage.

My team when I was a child featured Peter Thompson, Ian Callaghan,

Roger Hunt, Big Ron Yeats, Chris Lawler, and Tommy Lawrence. Managed of

course by the legend that was Bill Shankly. Roger Hunt was my all time

favourite. I loved him as a player and also felt he had a kind nature. I

saw many famous players over the years and I am always thankful for

having seen George Best play.

Some games are legendary. The St Etienne game for example, which is a

popular favourite. However, Diane recalls a Derby game in 1970(?).

Everton was doing well that season and had beaten us in the previous

game and were winning 2-0 in this game. They were smugly singing about

winning the league, confident that they would win this game. However,

Steve Heighway, John Toshack and Chris Lawler had different ideas and we

won 3-2! That was the Liverpool we loved best. The Liverpool that

fought back. Even today, I am never upset if an early goal goes against

us. I always feel it motivates the crowd to push the players harder.

Fog was quite a common feature at matches in wintertime. Evening

matches would be most affected but the dark winter days meant that there

were times when you would not see a goal for the fog. It was common

(and sensible) to shout ‘who scored the goal’? It would be unthinkable

in the present day to play a game in such conditions.

In the past there was tremendous loyalty shown to players by the Kop

even if they were off form. They would not have been booed. It is so

different today but I put that down to the changing economics of the

game. Many players do not have the same passion for the game and that is

obvious to the discerning fans.

A lot of football grounds, across Europe were in a severely

dilapidated state by the 1980’s. Disasters were a consequence of such

dilapidation (e.g. Heysel). The Hillsborough Disaster, however, was

caused by the breakdown of police control. Police were trained in crowd

control rather than crowd safety. The report of Lord Justice Taylor

recommended all seater stadia as a means of ensuring that no such

disaster would ever occur again. There is still much debate as to

whether this was the right course of action. Nevertheless, as a

consequence of new legislation it signaled the end of the Kop.

I was not on the kop for the last game, however, musician and kopite Peter Hooton recalls:

To be quite honest he last day of the Kop was pretty much

an anti climax. I had stood/swayed on the famous terrace for many years

witnessing fantastic comebacks, great victories and some agonising

defeats! But to be beaten by Norwich for the last game played was very

disappointing. The game was played in a ‘surreal’ atmosphere it was as

if nobody could really believe this was the end of the famous terrace. I

mean how could you demolish a terrace that had thousands of fans ashes

scattered on it? The Kop was full an hour before kick off and the last

Kopites were ushered out about an hour after the final whistle but it

still felt like a dream/nightmare! Jeremy Goss of Norwich is credited as

scoring the last goal in front of the ‘old Kop’ but some of us know the

truth. A mate of mine called John Garner ran on to the pitch at the end

of the game with his own ball and dribbled from the half way line and

smashed the ball into the Kop net. For Kopites this was our symbolic

‘last goal’ and it was right and fitting!

Personally, I am not against standing. It was not standing that

killed people at Hillsborough. It was a prevailing culture that saw fans

treated like animals; corralled to the stadium, herded into pens – even

the language is animal terminology. However, I respect the views of

those that support all seater stadia, especially those that lost people

in the disaster. Football matches are not the same. Sitting is not the

same. Many people stand up from their seats. Is this any safer?

I miss the Kop in as much as it was a part of my childhood. I miss

the collective nature it encouraged. I often wonder if it helped form my

socialist views. I look back on those days of simple pleasures where

two little girls could safely walk to Anfield, watch a game of football

and walk home. Thrilled by the team and the crowd in equal measures.

Did Diane and I pass on our passion for Liverpool to our children?

No! My son had little interest in football and Diane’s daughter

supports Everton! As Diane said: It’s a good job that a mother’s love

is unconditional!

Sheila Coleman is a former University lecturer and researcher.

Her research in the aftermath of the Hillsborough Disaster (monitoring

the legal proceedings)led to her being an active member of the

Hillsborough Justice Campaign. She co-authored the first critical

accounts of the disaster and has consistently challenged the established

version of events in particular the inquest verdicts of accidental

death. These verdicts were finally quashed in December 2012 after twenty

three years of campaigning.

Sheila is currently employed by Unite the Union as the North

West Region Community Co-ordinator where she is involved in assisting

communities to organise and campaign around issues affecting them.

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Un article plutôt sympa sur le Liverpool ASSE de 77 sur le site de Sofoot (n°71 du classement)

http://www.sofoot.com/top-100-les-matchs-de-legende-80-71-178893.html

Ils sont pas très cool quand ils parlent de Fairclough mais on sent qu'ils ont quand même compris ce qui fait l’âme de notre club, et puis le papier est plutôt bien écris

Liverpool adoubera un vaincu qui lui ressemble beaucoup : classieux et prolo sur le terrain, et avec son public de Geoffroy-Guichard aussi popu et fidèle que celui d’Anfield
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Anfield en 1903, je trouve cette photo magnifique, il y a tout, l'esthétisme lié à l'usure du temps, le côté brut et authentique de la présence du peuple dans ce théâtre qui ne savait pas encore qu'il s'apprêtait à accueillir un demi siècle plus tard, la tempête venue d'Ecosse...

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