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									                      The Anfield Express
                         Season 2009/2010                Issue No: 5 November 2009


                  A MONTH AS BAD AS THE OFF-SEASON
                              SEEMS LIKE AN AGE IN-BETWEEN MATCHES

Old saying: the devil finds work for idle hands, and with the international break reducing our total
outings in November to a grand total of 4, I’m surprised I still am gainfully employed.

                                                Quite obviously the talking point of the month has to be
                                                David N’gog’s ‘leap of faith’, with a number of opposing
                                                opinions being voiced from all quarters, and some
                                                interesting viewpoints taken up in the forum discussions
                                                at www.liverpoolfc.co.za. Many will argue that the young
                                                Frenchman was guilty of blatant cheating, whereas others
                                                contend that had N’gog not gone to ground, Lee Carsley
                                                would have broken his leg.

                                                Whatever your take on the incident, it does, yet again,
                                                provide ample proof that watching Liverpool Football
                                                Club is hardly for the faint-hearted.

I’ve chosen to relegate the Champs League exit, as the damage was done prior to November anyway.

A warm welcome to this month’s newsletter: I trust you’ll enjoy the read, and as ever, we’ve some
fantastic give-a-way’s… all you have to do is enter, and who knows…

YNWA.

Guy.



    The Anfield Express is the official newsletter of the Liverpool FC Supporters Club, Gauteng Branch,
    South Africa (Official Branch for Tickets).
    Chairman: Elli Lechtman (supportersclub@liverpoolfc.co.za)
    Editor: Guy Prowse (anfield.express@gmail.com)

    The views expressed in this newsletter are those of the author credited, and it should not be inferred
    that they represent the views of either the Liverpool FC Supporters Club, South Africa, or of the
    Liverpool Football Club.



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                          THE MAN THEY CALLED MACCA
                                    A KIRKDALE LAD THAT CAME GOOD

The annuls of English football are not littered with successful exports, but a youngster born in the
Liverpool suburb of Kirkdale went on the be rated as the third best British football export, behind Kevin
Keegan, and John Charles. His name was Steve Mcmanaman.

                             Born on the 11th of February, 1972, Steve grew up supporting Everton, but
                             signed for Liverpool as an apprentice in 1988, the year he left school, and
                             completed his move into the paid ranks in 1990, a few days after his 18th
                             birthday, in what would prove to be Kenny Dalglish’s last season in charge of
                             the club.

                             Under Graeme Souness, Steve developed into both a creator and scorer of
                             goals, and he had soon established himself in the first team. A number of his
                             most crucial goals came during Liverpool’s FA Cup campaign of 1992, and in
                             the Final itself, young Steve would walk off with the Man of the Match award,
                             after crafting Michael Thomas’ winner in a 2-1 victory over Sunderland.

Although McManaman had a couple of quieter seasons with the advent of the Premier League, he
continued to develop a reputation as one of English football's two wing-wizards, alongside Ryan Giggs,
of Manchester United, with both players known to embarrass defences with their mazy runs, which
often lacked the finishing touch the move deserved.

In the 1993/94 season, McManaman showed fine form, including creating and scoring goals, however
this form faltered after an incident with Bruce Grobbelaar, towards the end of a Merseyside derby,
when the players exchanged blows after Grobelaar grabbed McManaman following a poor clearance
which led to a goal being conceded. The incident was recently named as one of the top five bust ups
between team mates in Premier League history.

In 1995, McManaman was awarded a new million pound contract, and was given a central, freer role by
new boss Roy Evans. That season he collected a League Cup winner's medal after scoring twice in his
side's 2–1 win over Bolton. For his second Wembley final appearance in succession he was awarded
Man of the Match, and earned a tribute from guest of honour, Sir Stanley Matthews, one of the greatest
wingers of previous generations, who exclaimed in the final: "I wish there are more dribblers like him."

Sadly though, it was around this time that the first inkling of a ‘lad culture’ amongst some of the more
high profile Liverpool players, coupled with continued under-achievement on the pitch, led to mounting
criticism of McManaman and others. The infamous pitch inspection by the team dressed in cream
coloured Armani suits prior to the 1996 FA Cup Final against Manchester United and the various
modeling assignments some of the players were involved in, led to a ‘Spice Boys’ tag being pinned to
Steve, Jamie Redknapp, Robbie Fowler, David James, Stan Collymore, and Jason McAteer.


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Labels aside, McManaman was also criticised for scoring too few goals, although he did make up for this
with a formidable rate of assists for the likes of Robbie Fowler and later, Michael Owen. Fowler
regarding McManaman as the best player he ever played alongside. The few goals that Steve did score
tended to be spectacular, or memorable: most notably an injury time solo goal against Celtic in the UEFA
Cup, when McManaman scored against the Glaswegians after a 75 yard dribble.

                                    By the beginning of the 1997 season, Liverpool had received various
                                    bids for McManaman’s services. Having initially rebuffed all
                                    approaches, Liverpool's board of directors, at the time including
                                    David Moores, decided that continually rejecting those bids was risky
                                    given the possibility of McManaman allowing his contract to expire
                                    and leaving on a "Bosman" transfer (for nothing) and so eventually
                                    accepted a lucrative offer of £12.5 million in August 1997 from FC
                                    Barcelona. The deal fell through, with the player's excessive wage
                                    demands being blamed for the collapse, although it was felt in some
                                    quarters that McManaman had simply been a pawn in Barcelona's
                                    negotiations to acquire Rivaldo.

                                   In any event, Liverpool’s hopes of retaining McManaman’s services
                                   were eroded by the club’s standing at the time, with an increasing
                                   awareness that the team was unlikely to unseat Manchester United
                                   at the summit of the English game, Gerard Houllier was appointed as
sole manager, and the Frenchman sought to shed the club of the Spice Boys tag, and many players were
told they were now surplus to requirements.

In spite of the side only winning two trophies during his time with Liverpool, McManaman's
achievements at the club were exceptional for a player in a side often labeled negatively. McManaman
was named in the PFA Team of the Year for four consecutive seasons from 1994 to 1998, and was in the
five man shortlist for PFA Player of the Year for three seasons from 1995 to 1998, with the PFA website
describing him as one of the most gifted players of his generation. For a time he held the record for
most consecutive Premier League appearances, as an ever present at Liverpool for four seasons, a club
record for most appearances, and at the time of leaving the Premiership, had the second highest ratio of
Premier League assists per game, with 112 assists in 274 appearances.

On the 1st of July, 1999, after 364 appearances and 66 goals for Liverpool, McManaman transferred to
Real Madrid, under Guus Hiddink, and became only the second English player to ever play for the club,
after Laurie Cunningham in the 1980s. He was also the most high profile English footballer to move to
Spanish football since Gary Lineker had moved to FC Barcelona, from Everton, in 1986. Macca proved an
instant hit with the fans at the Santiago Bernabéu, after scoring three times and creating several goals in
his first few games for Los Merengues.

In August 2009, Carson Yeung confirmed that once his proposed take-over of Birmingham City went
through, a role at St. Andrews would be given to McManaman, although he did not specify what role
that would be. We wait and see the effect that Macca will have in another of England’s newly rich
enterprises.

McManaman is married to his long time girlfriend Victoria Edwards, who gave birth to their daughter
Ella in 2006. The family divide their time between homes in Bay of Palma and London and a new home
in Cheshire.


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                        A REFLECTION ON GREATNESS
                           THE HISTORY OF LIVERPOOL FOOTBALL CLUB

    There are precious few sporting entities with the history enjoyed by Liverpool Football Club. Over
    the course of this season, we bring you the history of our beloved club, serialized into bite-sized
    chunks, and essential bed-time reading for all supporters of the greatest club on earth.


THE BIRTH OF THE BOOT-ROOM

In last month’s look at the history of our club, we ended with the shock resignation of Bill Shankly.
However, the legacy that Shank’s left the club went beyond the resurrection of a dilapidated stadium
and it’s tenants, and those whom Shank’s left behind not only continued the great man’s legacy, but the
cornerstone was laid for a continuation that no-one could have envisaged.

                                                Many of the staff coaching the first team when Shankly
                                                arrived had been at the club for several years, and in his
                                                wisdom, the Scot realized the importance that these
                                                individuals would play in the years to come, as he
                                                sought to over-haul Liverpool, the likes of Reuben
                                                Bennet, Joe Fagan, Ronnie Moran, and, of course, Bob
                                                Paisley. In fact, upon his retirement, the club sought
                                                continuity by appointing an unwilling Bob Paisley to take
                                                charge of the first team.

                                                Although quoted in his autobiography as having stated
that he had recommended Paisley to the board, it has since emerged that Shank’s preferred that the
club approach Jack Charlton, then in charge of Middelsborough, as his replacement, and that it was the
board who eventually gave Paisley the job.

What Bob did, probably more out of fear than any other single reason, was seek the advice of Bennet,
Moran and Fagan, and what started as a get-together of the coaching staff after training, in the room
under the Main Stand at Anfield where the apprentices kept and cleaned the boots, became one of the
true legends of Liverpool Football Club.

ARISE ‘SIR’ BOB

Robert Paisley was born in Hetton-Le-Hole, County Durham, in the north-east of England on the 23rd of
January, 1919. Like Bill Shankly, Paisley was brought up in a small mining town, where football was used
as an outlet for communities to gather on weekends. Promising young footballers were greatly
encouraged to go 'professional' and escape a life coal-dust.

Paisley signed for Liverpool in 1939, but the outbreak of hostilities saw him drafted into the Royal
Artillery shortly after. He spent four years from 1941 to 1945 with Montgomery's 'Desert Rats', fighting
in North Africa, Sicily and Italy. In 1946 he returned to Liverpool and went on to become captain, coach,
physiotherapist, assistant manager, manager and football director - in many respects Bob Paisley was
Liverpool Football Club.




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Paisley’s initial period in charge of the first team was somewhat belaboured by Shank’s refusal to retreat
into the background, and although many of the players expressed delight that their former mentor still
played an active part in the coaching of the squad, this eventually gave way to a feeling of disquiet, as
many started to feel that Paisley was being undermined by the continued presence of the ‘Great Man’. It
took chairman John Smith’s intervention to finally allow Bob the undivided attention of the team itself.

                                         One cannot argue, in hindsight, that Paisley’s appointment
                                         probably set course for the dominance that the Reds would
                                         enjoy throughout the late 70’s and 80’s, and the side he
                                         inherited from Shanks peaked with Liverpool’s first European
                                         Cup triumph in Rome, 1977, in addition to Bob’s second league
                                         title. It may be remembered that Liverpool also played the FA
                                         Cup final that year, losing to Manchester United.

                                         In many ways Bob was the exact opposite of Shanks: quiet,
                                         reserved and media-shy, which led to a belief that he could not
                                         possibly succeed as Bill’s replacement. Yet, in his typical
unassuming way, Paisley imparted a knowledge of the game that few outside of Melwood knew he
possessed. In an era of ‘flash’ managers a’ la Ron Atkinson and Don Revie, Bob seemed more at home in
a stretched old cardigan and carpet slippers, and yet will be remembered as probably the most
successful manager ever to manage an English side.

His first real challenge came with the departure of the first Kop starlet, Kevin Keegan, to Hamburg, but
Bob appeared nonplussed to break the then British transfer record when he signed Kenny Dalglish from
Celtic. As he sought to re-invent Shank’s successful team of the early 70’s, he bolstered the squad with
several highly astute signings: Alan Hansen from Partick Thistle, and Graeme Souness from
Middlesborough amongst others, whilst showing his inner strength in allowing established, but ageing,
players to drift toward the periphery of the first team, or selling them onward.

This evolution saw the Reds retain the European Cup against FC Bruges, at Wembley, with Kenny
Dalglish scoring the game’s only goal, Souness providing the assist. Ironically, looking back from an age
where ‘squad rotation’ is almost passé, Bob was never scared to continually tinker with the team, and in
an interview held with Joe Fagan after Bob’s eventual retirement, Fagan noted that Paisley was never
satisfied, never allowed complacency to settle into the minds of either his players or his coaching staff.

Paisley also established one of Europe’s finest scouting systems, headed by Geoff Twentyman, which
saw many very good players ply their trade on Merseyside, a number of whom would become legends
on the Kop, in their own right. Certainly his signing of Welshman Ian Rush has got to be seen as a major
coup, at the time Rush was a relatively unknown striker whose slight stature was seen by many as being
too frail for the rigours of top-flight football.

Bob eventually retired from the game in May 1983, and sadly passed away on the 14th of February,
1996. In his 9 seasons in charge of Liverpool, he won 19 trophies, including 6 league titles, and 3
European Cups, as well as being named Manager of the Year on 6 occasions. That he was never knighted
remains one of football’s travesties.


                             In next month’s issue: Same old, same old.




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                              FIRST ONE UP THE STEPS
                               WIN AN AWESOME LIVERPOOL FC DVD

Step up to the penalty spot, folks, its competition time again!

Every month of the season, we’ll be giving away a piece of
Liverpool FC history… it may be a DVD, it may be a book, or
it may be a memento, but whatever’s up for grabs, it’ll be
a ‘must-have’ for any self-respecting LFC fan.

Just in time for the New Year, we have a treasure trove of
Liverpool memorabilia to give away this month:
     1. The Official LFC 2010 Calendar
     2. The Official LFC Annual 2010
     3. The Official LFC pocket diary 2010
     4. The Official LFC 2010 Guide – all the stats, facts
          and figures… a real must-have!
All valued at well over R800.

All you have to do is answer: Where was Bob Paisley born?

Send your answers to anfield.express@gmail.com with LFC DVD in the subject line, include a daytime
contact number, and hope the football gods’ smile upon you. Closing date for entries is the 18th of
December 2009, so that we can get the prize to the winner before Christmas day.

        The competition is open to all current, paid-up members of the Liverpool Supporters Club –
         Gauteng Branch. This will be ratified prior to the prize being posted.
        The judge’s decision is final, and no communication will be entertained regarding the outcome
         of competition draws.
        Winners will have to supply a manned daytime address, as the prizes are couriered to the
         winners.
        Prize winners will not be eligible for the next month’s competition i.e. September’s winner may
         not enter October’s competition, but is eligible for November’s.

The editor of The Anfield Express, and the Liverpool Supporters Club – Gauteng Branch management
team reserve the right to terminate the monthly competition at any time.

Prizes are couriered to winners via reputable companies, and therefore the Supporters Club will not
entertain liability in the event of claims arising from either the non-delivery, or damage occurring during
transit.

Prizes are sourced via companies who can verify the authenticity of the goods secured. The Supporters
Club stands against the purchase of, or trade in, counterfeit goods.

Last month’s prize winner is: Chris Röhm, and the correct answer was: Huddersfield, the club that Bill
Shankly joined Liverpool from. Many congratulations Chris, and happy reading.


        Join us on the web for the latest news, rumours and discussion: www.liverpoolfc.co.za


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                              THE BIG MATCH PREVIEW
                            A PREVIEW OF OUR NOVEMBER FIXTURE LIST

                           Blackburn Rovers versus Liverpool FC
                           Barclays Premier League
                           Ewood Park, Blackburn
                           Saturday 5th of December 2009
                           Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

                           Rovers can be the kings of inconsistent performances, winning when you least
                           expect it, but having the ability to lose games they theoretically should win. It’s
usually a blood-and-guts affair between us and them, and with our recent string of results, they may
well feel that we’re ripe for the taking.

The fact is that if we intend to salvage anything from our league season, the sooner we put a disastrous
October and November behind us, the better, and Ewood Park is as good a place to start.

Hopefully we are able to put behind us a host of injury concerns.

                           Liverpool FC versus AFC Fiorentina
                           UEFA Champions League (Group Stages)
                           Anfield, Liverpool L4 0TH
                           Wednesday 9th of December 2009
                           Kick-off: 19:45 GMT

                           It’s sad to think that we host the Italians in what is effectively a nothing game. I
                           would imaging with the sheer volume of fixtures facing us in December that
Rafa will field a makeshift team, and one can understand why he would, but had circumstances been
any different, I’d have loved to match a full-strength ‘Pool against La Viola, and remind them that a
temporary drop in form doesn’t make them better than us. Alas.

                          Liverpool FC versus Arsenal
                          Barclays Premier League
                          Anfield, Liverpool L4 0TH
                          Sunday 13th of December 2009
                          Kick-off: 16:00 GMT

                          The Gunners have looked the real-deal this term, which given the talent at
                          Arsene Wenger’s disposal should not surprise anybody.

Tipped pre-season by many pundits as the team to drop out of the top 4, the lack of spending and
increased faith in a very good academy system at Arsenal is bringing with it due reward.

Last year’s fixture at Anfield turned out to be a cracker, with a late Benayoun strike finalizing a 4-4 draw,
with Andre Arshavin proving truly inspirational for the visitors. That draw probably put paid to our title
challenge then, but Liverpool’s needs have changed somewhat dramatically since then, and a three-
pointer would be a godsend.




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                         Liverpool FC versus Wigan Athletic
                         Barclays Premier League
                         Anfield, Liverpool L4 0TH
                         Wednesday 16th of December 2009
                         Kick-off: 20:00 GMT

                       With possibly the best young manager in the league at present, it does seem
                       odd that the Latics have battled for results this term, barring, naturally, their
sparkling win over Manchester United earlier.

This could turn out to go either way, a cagey game of stacked defences, or potentially a high-octane
thriller.

                        Portsmouth versus Liverpool FC
                        Barclays Premier League
                        Fratton Park, Portsmouth
                        Saturday 19th of December 2009
                        Kick-off: 12:45 GMT

                         Pompey’s disastrous start to the 2010 season has seen a managerial casualty
                         with the South Coast side appointing ex-Chelsea boss Avram Grant into the hot-
seat. Grant has a long association with Portsmouth, but whether this will prove to be enough to turn
their ailing fortunes around remains to be seen.

We’ve had some crackers against Pompey, and it may provide Glen Johnson with his first visit back to
Fratton Park since signing for us.

                        Liverpool FC versus Wolverhampton Wanderers
                        Barclays Premier League
                        Anfield, Liverpool L4 0TH
                        Saturday 26th of December 2009
                        Kick-off: 17:30 GMT

                        Was a time when Wolves were top-flight mainstays, and to older supporters, it’s
good to see them back in the Premiership. Mick McCarthy has done yeoman work with an under-funded
outfit, and hopefully the fixture will produce good football. Being Boxing Day, we can expect a festival
atmosphere at Anfield.

                       Aston Villa versus Liverpool FC
                       Barclays Premier League
                       Villa Park, Birmingham
                       Tuesday 29th of December 2009
                       Kick-off: 19:45 GMT

                       The away trip to Villa may serve as the litmus test of both teams top-4
credentials, with the Villians being mooted in many quarters as possible usurpers, and with the start
that we’ve endured, we find ourselves in the unlikely role as candidates for a continuation in the Europa
League come the 2010/2011 season.

It’s going to be an interesting tie, whichever way you look at it.


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                                THE EUROPA LEAGUE
                                WE’RE IN IT NOW, BUT WHAT IS IT?

Since the advent of the Champions League, global focus has caused Europe’s premier club competition
to become elevated to an almost international show-case, with many top players now specifying that
any club wishing to avail themselves of the services of that player, Champions League football must form
part of the package.

                                       The injection of vast sums of money from the Champions League
                                       sponsors, and the increasing revenue generated by UEFA though
                                       TV rights, with a sizeable percentage being passed onto the clubs,
                                       it’s become a highly lucrative venture for Europe’s top sides.

                                       Europe once boasted 3 high level competitions: the European
                                       Cup, contested by national club champions only, the UEFA Cup,
                                       into which between 1 and 4 runners-up qualified, and the UEFA
                                       Cup Winners Cup, which really served as a catch-all for teams
                                       having won their domestic knock-out challenge cups.

                                    An issue facing UEFA was that finding decent sponsors for the
                                    ‘lesser’ competitions became more and more difficult as the
                                    profile of the European Cup grew, and the Cup Winners Cup was
done away with, with teams who had previously fulfilled the qualifying criteria for the CWC now gaining
eligibility into the UEFA Cup.

Once the Champions League started, and the massive marketing
campaign behind it infiltrated out TV screens, the UEFA Cup became very
much a second-string competition, and in order to create a competition
that would attract some of the prestige that UEFA had always wanted
associated with the UEFA Cup, the Europa League concept was born.

In essence, there is a tighter qualifying criteria for the Europa League,
with default qualification remain much as it was for the UEFA Cup,
national associations being ranked as to the number of teams gaining
automatic qualification, and the 8 third-placed Champions League teams
entering the round of 32 after completion of the Group Phases in both
competitions. Three Fair Play teams also gain qualification to the Group
phase. What this does is eliminate much of the ‘anyone can qualify’ element which had removed much
of the prestige from the UEFA Cup previously.

Although we are now in the round of 32, it will be interesting to see which other 7 sides from the
Champions League join us.

The first Europa League final is to be held in Hamburg, Germany on the 12th of May 2010, and in spite of
our disappointment at the nature of our Champions League exit, let’s hope that the Reds are able to
bring home a nice chunky piece of silverware to decorate the Anfield fireplace.




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                          WHAT’S UP IN THE CANTEEN?
             YES… IT’S TIME TO GET MEN OUT OF THE PUB, AND INTO THE KITCHEN

 Last year we ran a couple of recipes, which seemed to become quite popular, and it was suggested
 that we look at doing a recipe in each of the newsletters. So, armed with suggestions, or
 favourites, we hoofed the missus out of the kitchen and whipped up some really easy meals to
 make, and pretty good to eat, as well. Now, if I can just convince the wife to do the washing up…

                                     GRECIAN STYLE LAMB SHANKS

Hell, I’m salivating just typing the heading!

In our fast-paced world, the closest we get to eating really well prepared food is in some fancy
restaurant, leading to the inevitable dismay when you realize what you’ve just paid in order to sample
chef Pierre’s finest cuisine. One thing that sets Greek-style cooking
apart is that the Greeks know how to prepare lamb, and before you
argue, yes, North African lamb dishes ARE awesome, but there’s
just THAT something about meze followed with a lamb dish, washed
down with a little Metaxa.

My first encounter with shanks was at a notable eatery opposite
Gateway, called Plaka, parking’s a mission, but the ambience divine,
and if you’re lucky enough to have the weather gods on your side,
an outdoor table overlooks the food-court at Gateway, and the
bustle of humanity seeking their week-ends entertainment is oddly
voyeuristic, or, if you disagree and feel a tad more attracted to
Hemingway, it provides a view of mankind from a vantage point of
abstract removal… nuff said.

What made this encounter unique was that it happened to be our company dinner, and with 10 people
per table, we were somewhat bemused when the waiter (note: not waitron, I am not served by robots)
placed a solitary lamb-shank in the centre of the table, and promptly disappeared, leaving 10 rather
hungry souls staring at a centerpiece, entirely unsure of what to do with the thing. Thankfully the owner,
probably due to the total lack of activity at our table, gave us the insight into the essence of Greek
cuisine… it’s all about sharing, and we could have as many shanks as we wanted, just had to ask.

So armed with forks, we wedged off pieces from the shank, and I have to confess that it was both a
culinary and social success, but it was how divinely tender the shank was that remained an abiding
memory, not to mention absolutely delicious!

A month ago a really good deal on a whole lamb saw my freezer filled to the brim with all manner of
chops, ribs, legs, and a couple of shanks, which led to Google finding me a recipe worthy of the Plaka
experience. In all honesty, my first attempt was off the mark, till I came across an American website
which led me to the secret – get the skin off first, before the whole process starts. What I then managed
to conjure up was a meal fit for a Greek god!




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You know the drill by now... we’re off to the shopping mall for the following:

4 lamb shanks, approximately a kilo each, with the bone in. (Rover says thanks).
Salt and pepper
1 tablespoon flour
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1 tin chopped peeled tomatoes
3 celery sticks chopped
4 clove garlic, finely chopped
½ a cup red wine, try Cabernet
a generous pinch of fresh origanum, if you can’t get fresh the bottled one’s alright.
¼ teaspoon brown sugar, white will work as well.
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon dry rosemary
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest (the skin minus the white part.)
Chopped parsley
Right, You’ve got all your ingredients, so now we have to prepare the shanks.

Wash the shanks, and pat dry with a paper towel. Using a sharp,
pointed knife, ease the membrane (the white stuff) away from
the muscle meat, and gently remove. This will allow the flavours
to fully infiltrate the shank, and will add to the tenderness of
the final dish.

Once done, season the shanks with salt and pepper, and, in a
large pot, brown the shanks properly over a medium heat, in
olive oil, turning regularly. Done right, this will take you about
30 minutes, and it’s a vital stage. Once done, remove the
shanks, and set aside.

                                          In the same pot, soften the onions and garlic, put the shanks
                                          back, and add all of the remaining ingredients. Simmer
                                          uncovered for about 15 minutes, or until the liquid has reduced
                                          by roughly half.

                                          Place the whole lot into a casserole dish, and stick it into an
                                          oven pre-heated to 180 degrees, covered, for an hour and a half.
                                          You’re going to need to turn the shanks every 20 to 30 minutes.

                                          When done, serve with polenta, or mashed potatoes… wait a
                                          minute!

Guy’s Super Quick Mash:

Peel and dice 3 to 4 large spuds, and wash. In a microwave-safe container (I use a round casserole) nuke
the suckers for around 7 minutes, covered. The potatoes should still be a little hard, but you’re able to
mash them roughly. Add a generous dollop of butter, salt and pepper, and ½ a cup of milk, and mix
through. Nuke this lot for around 2 minutes, and you will now be able to mash the spuds with a fork into
a white, fluffy mixture. Fold in a touch of either dried parsley or origanum, and you’re away.


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                                THE TEMPLE OF BOOM
                                  AN EXPLORATION OF NEW SOUND

 Every month, I’ve asked a guest reviewer to take a look at CD’s they believe are worthy of your hard-
 earned shekels. In this issue, young Scousey put aside his exploration of New Zealand’s South Island
 to give us his views on a rather unique CD – Them Crooked Vultures, a coming together of some of
 rock’s iconic bands. Enjoy!

By: Dean Davis

Back to basics but better

I hate conformity. It’s the ‘safe’ spineless attitude adopted by too many people these days. Instead of
embracing something new, inspiring and dare I say…different, they either turn their noses up and give it
the cold shoulder or unleash a barrage of superficial unjustified nothings that serve the same purpose as
farting against a gale. It’s with this mindset and attitude that I begin this review of Them Crooked
Vultures’ self-titled debut album.

                                   Them Crooked Vultures is a collaboration of three musicians; each
                                   holding his own when it comes to the sheer creative passion required
                                   for dovetailing intense riff playing with soft vocals, inevitably resulting
                                   in a sound that is familiar but so far removed to what has been
                                   drummed (forgive the pun) into us for the past decade.

                                    Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters and Nirvana), Josh Homme (Queens of the
                                    Stone Age) and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) are the vultures in
                                    question, the trio giving this album the tympanic-seducing groove that
                                    would fit like a glove in a whiskey-saturated blues bar complete with
                                    psychedelic mangy melodies that have to be heard to be genuinely
                                    appreciated. Each track is totally different to the next; taking you to
                                    the roots of Rock one minute before shoving you into a world that’s
                                    foreign, loud and filled with a myriad of power riffs, subtly-obscene
                                    lyrics (‘…got a beautiful place to put your face…’) and some pretty sick
bass – all following Grohl’s progressive tempo that changes pace, rhythm and speed like the perfect
pole-dance.

This sweaty sticky album is dynamite; unapologetic, swaggering with the confidence and grace of a
drunken Russian (ballet dancer) – classical in method but so much more interesting. You cannot take
your ears away for even a second. Hardly the usual ‘rock’ album that contains a few good tracks, only
found by skipping through the crap and draining yourself of effort and time to actually find them in the
first place.

Them Crooked Vultures make your auditory system the band’s bitch, demanding your attention and awe
while cleansing you of your ‘dirty’ conformist listenings of late. The whole process is bliss!

“No One Love Me & Neither Do I” and “Gunman” are excellent examples of what happens when riff and
rhythm unite with a dash of textbook rock. Tracks like “Elephant” and “Mind Eraser No Chaser” WILL
make you tap your feet and play an ‘air instrument’ whether you like it not – you have been warned.


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“Reptiles” is a scaly scale-ridden track that oozes the kind of cold-blooded brilliance every quality rock
album needs, shaking you to the core and removing the dusty old cobwebs left by the ghosts of bands
who have come and gone, playing the same old same old. *wipes imaginary tear from eye sarcastically*

“Scumbag Blues” resonates with the legacy of Clapton’s Cream.
Traces of Slow Hand’s bluesy influence in White Room are
matched only by Homme’s soft-high vocals that could easily be
Jack Bruce himself!

One of my favourite tracks, “Warsaw Or The First Breath You Take
After You Give Up”, is a 7:50 composition of backing vocals,
steady rhythm, highs and lows as well as the coolest crescendos
I’ve heard in a long time. Grohl and JP Jones throw riffs back and
forth while Homme wails notes from an array of frets – producing
an awesome funk that transforms into a haunting conclusion
packed with chords and hypnotic grooves that’ll make any
wannabe rocker wanna pack away his shit for good.

The real beauty of Them Crooked Vultures is surprisingly not the long overdue sound of textbook rock
blended with expert creative license; the real beauty of this band is the mix of three exceptional talents
who bring their individual passions and art to the table, leaving egos and financial motives at the
door…if this mentality applied to other bands, the world of sound, music and rock will be a much better
place indeed.

                                              This album has genuine depth. I’m writing this review after
                                              listening to the album for the fifth time and I’m still finding
                                              subtle little nuances that are revealing themselves only
                                              now. Them Crooked Vultures is not for everyone.
                                              Thankfully! It’s not for the conformist ‘rock-fan’ who finds
                                              sick pleasure and comfort in the commercial lair of sold-out
                                              groups like Nickelback and Green Day. Those who
                                              appreciate The Doors, Cream, Led Zeppelin and Muddy
                                              Waters will definitely find reminiscent joy in Them Crooked
Vultures. If this is what rock music can expect for the next few years, the future looks bright… albeit it
crooked, psychedelic and organically addictive.




                              Win a copy of Them Crooked Vultures latest album:
                                           Them Crooked Vultures
                                Question: Name Josh Homme’s previous band?
     Email your answers to anfield.express@gmail.com by the 18th of December. Please put ‘CD Comp’
     into the subject line. Competition is open to paid-up members of the supporters club only. Judges
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                 Last month’s winner of the Pearl Jam CD is: Ryan Watson. Enjoy it, mate!




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                               RESULTS AND REVIEWS
                             WHAT HAVE THE LADS BEEN UP TO, THEN?

First Team:
4th of November 2009
Olympique Lyonnais 1 – 1 Liverpool FC
UEFA Champions League

Heartbreak. Having played relatively well for most of this fixture, we managed to concede in injury-time,
meaning that our future participation in the knock-out stages of the Champions League was effectively
out of our hands. It is concerning how defensive lapses have cost us dearly most of this campaign, and
young Insua switching off at precisely the wrong time was evidence of this malady.

Anfield Express Man of the Match: David N’gog

9th of November 2009:
Liverpool FC 2 – 2 Birmingham City
Barclays Premier League

Cameron Jerome’s stunning strike saw us reverse a lead
into having to chase the game for a point, although we
played well in patches, the impact of the injury crisis was
evident, as we battled to look like a side gelling.

In truth, City looked like a side willing to take chances in
scent of a victory, and in truth, we looked like a side low
on confidence. These are games that we should be winning comfortably if we are serious about
maintaining our stature in the league.

Anfield Express Man of the Match: Pepe Reina

21st of November 2009:
Liverpool FC 2 – 2 Manchester City
Barclays Premier League

Another of those ‘what might have been’, with miraculous returns from injury for Benayoun, Riera,
Aurelio and Johnson, only to see two substitutions in the opening 15 minutes through… injury. City came
to play, but in all honesty, we gifted them their equalizer, and were torn apart at the back for their
second strike.

Craig Bellamy showed up well for the Abu Dhabi Blues, but it was the second half of our pre-season
target, Carlos Tevez, who really swung things around for City. Having a make-shift back four certainly
didn’t help matters from a Liverpool perspective, but having been forced into two early substitutions,
one felt that there wasn’t much Rafa could do to swing the balance of play, particularly when several
players weren’t match fit, and it showed with substitute Benayoun himself being subbed late on.


Anfield Express Man of the Match: Javier Mascherano



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24th of November 2009:
Debrecen 0 – 1 Liverpool FC
UEFA Champions League

Prior to kick-off, this was a must-win, as we would not be sure of results elsewhere determining our
Champs League survival.

Alas, a David N’gog strike early wasn’t enough, and we made heavy weather of the win by allowing a
well-disciplined Debrecen to come onto us, almost with catastrophic consequences.

What was apparent for long portions of the game was the total lack of inventiveness from the Reds, with
Debrecen rigid in ensuring numbers behind the ball at most times. Even when we were able to counter
quickly, poor decision-making from particularly Dirk Kuyt took the speed out of the assault, and we
floundered looking for a way through.

Anfield Express Man of the Match: Javier Mascherano


29th of November 2009:
Everton FC 0 - 2 Liverpool FC
Barclays Premier League

A game where both teams were in dire need of a three-
pointer, albeit for differing reasons. We started like a
house on fire, and maybe a touch fortuitous to have
gone ahead when we did, Mascherano’s initial strike
looked headed for the corner-flag before Yobo’s timely
intervention.

Credit Everton, who, like us, are on a terrible series of
results, for not dropping their heads and making a real
fist of a tie, no doubt we’ll hear all manner of
interpretations as to why either of their disallowed goals
should have stood, and Reina pulled off a couple of
magnificent saves towards the end.

Gerrard’s persistence in keeping possession which led to our second should be used as a training video
for the rest of our midfielders, as the captain’s tenacity shone through, leading to Riera’s cross, and Kuyt
making sure of the points.

All in all, a win, and one we needed, given results elsewhere, as we start a long journey to reclaim
Champions League football next term.

Anfield Express Man of the Match: Pepe Reina




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                          A VIEW FROM THE BACKLINE
                         IRRELEVANT MUSINGS FROM A SENILE OLD FOOL…

What a pleasure to see the couple of minutes of John Barnes with the three Muppets before the Arsenal
– Chelsea match, and I would have loved for the opportunity to have had him talk a little more about
Liverpool, as it was very evident that his passion for the club still runs deep.

During the banter, Neil Andrews asked Barnesie what the legend put Liverpool’s recent troubles down
to, and the response had the old cranium cranking overtime: in essence, John believes that what we
achieved last season was an almost over-achievement, given both the current stature of the club in the
overall Premiership pecking order, and the lure of Liverpool, both financially and as a city, for potential
new recruits.

We may argue till the cows come home as to the veracity of Barnes’s statement, but he has a point, and
one, I believe, worthy of further exploration.

ARE WE WORTHY OF OUR STANDING?

Any Liverpool supporter believes that we are entitled to being classed as one of Europe’s premier
destinations for both aspiring and established stars. Even with our Group Stage exit from the Champions
League, Liverpool have consistently qualified for Europe’s show-piece event, and of recent, we are
classified as part of the ‘Big 4; Top 4’ in other words, the elite of English football. But is this enough?

Let’s ignore financial restraints at this time, and focus on what would attract the very best players to
Liverpool: one would imagine that in Spain, Italy, France or Germany, the very best players want to play
for sides who win trophies, and sadly, we cannot really count ourselves amongst those who are regularly
decorating our trophy cabinet with newer pieces of silverware, and if you compare our recent record
(over the last decade) one starts to grasp a measure of what would make the likes of a United, Arsenal
and Chelsea preferable destinations for the game’s elite.

You see, the Istanbul win WAS against the tide, let’s be frank, and although it carried us forward with
immense respect being shown to us amongst Europe’s elite clubs, and we probably are still a ‘least
favoured’ European destination due to our unpredictability, we lack the consistency to realistically be
considered as automatic contenders for a semi-final berth. Hurts, I know, but it’s the truth, as I see it.

So attracting top, top players is going to be hard for us, because in one area of focus, we lack the ability
to offer, on a consistent basis, the honours that those top- players believe are rightfully theirs to
contest.

Many will point to Fernando Torres as being an example that contradicts my view, but if you page back
to when we signed the Spaniard, he was not amongst the game’s elite, then, and having been a born-
and-bred Atletico fan, and player, his pedigree was not that of a Raul or Eto’o at the time we signed
him… time has been very kind to our maestro, and it’s probably the humble nature of Atletico that made
him see Liverpool as a ‘kindred spirit’ to the ethos he was born with. I cannot, for the life of me, see an
established Barca or Real player moving to Merseyside in the way that Torres did… and if we look at
many of Rafa’s successful signings, most came from clubs where Liverpool was a definite step up from
the level they were playing at the time of transfer.




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A DOWN AND OUT IN MANCHESTER AND LONDON

The second issue facing any attempts we may have of luring the game’s elite to Anfield, rest with what is
offered on the periphery of the club.

For the sake of argument, let’s say that Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, and ourselves, approach a
European wonder-boy. We all match the transfer fee, we all match the wage demand, and it’s now up to
the player to decide where he prefers to go play.

So wonder-boy sits down with his missus, and they ponder the various merits of the offers on the table.
Whether to go to London, with all its glamour, prestige, its access to all things bright and beautiful, and a
lovely home in some quaint Surrey or Hertfordshire village, or perhaps Manchester, bit grim, in places,
but, none the less, the hub of the north-west, and its proximity to those delightful Cheshire hamlets, and
a city very much on the up as regards development and focus, or do they move to Merseyside?

Sadly, the city I’ve grown to love offers very little in the way of superficial niceties that seem to be vogue
amongst the ranks of the very well-paid of the modern game, and therefore it becomes difficult, unless
you’re offering wages well in excess of those being mooted by our competitors, to attract players to
Liverpool.

The irony is that where we have managed to get an overseas player onto Merseyside, they never leave,
but it’s hard to try and convince someone who may not be conversant in English that the city offers so
much more than the ‘flash’, it offers life.

MONEY, MONEY, MONEY.

Then it comes down to the almighty buck, as we knew it had to at some point in time.

Going back to John Barnes, and his delightful cameo on SuperSport on Sunday afternoon, and the one
point which held so much in terms of validity. Asked by Gary ‘mid-table’ Bailey why, if Rafa and Alex had
bought the same number of players, was there still a void in reserve at Liverpool, Barnes replied that
Rafa, due to the factors I’ve discussed, is only able to buy in effectively the second-tier of players, unable
to match either the reputation of our competitors, or the financial muscle of the same, and where we
are able to, London is a preferred destination, Liverpool not, for matters not related to football.

So we are in a true catch-22. Unable to buy the players that would give us the results desired, and
without the results, we’re unable to attract the players.

So is it all doom and gloom? No, not on your Nellie it isn’t.

The fact is that if you looked at the best starting 11 from every Premiership team, there’s not a huge
difference… it’s in the squad that we, and Arsenal, lack what United and Chelsea have, and it’s here
where we fail to attract. But with the Academy now doing what an Academy should, we harness the
talents of players who will come through.

In addition, once we are able to play a series of games where injury hasn’t forced a change, we should
see greater consistency come through, and, to be fair, let’s judge our efforts on that.

YNWA.



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                                           SUPPORTERS
                                              CLUB
                                              NEWS
Compiled By Elli Lechtman:                                                    .s

                                                                              Spons
                                       MEMBERSHIP
                                              WELCOME
A warm welcome is extended on behalf of the committee to our new members who joined in the last
month as well as those who renewed. I’m proud to state that the club has exceeded its membership
total from last season (and we’re only half way through).

The following have joined/renewed:

                                            FIRST SEASON
                         Jean-Pierre Moreau         Catherine Mills
                         Chaz Todd                  Phillip Boel
                         Marc van der Sluys         Taylor Boel
                         Raymond Capcan             Chris Midgley
                                              FIFTH SEASON
                         Stuart Shackleton            Tex Williams
                                                      Stephen Bishop
                                          THIRTEENTH SEASON
                         Andrew Stringer              Keith Stringer
                                           SIXTEENTH SEASON
                                                Dan Tanne
                                         SEVENTEENTH SEASON
                                                 Roy Desai



                                SPION KOP TRIP 2010
                      FOURTH ANNUAL HILLSBOROUGH MEMORIAL SERVICE

Members of the Supporters Club will once again be embarking on our annual trip to Spion Kop in KZN for
the 4th Annual Hillsborough Disaster Memorial Service. The service takes place annually on April 15th in
Liverpool and the club started our own memorial service in 2007.

Members will be staying at Spion Kop Lodge. Some individuals will be there for the weekend as well. For
those who are interested in joining us, please email supportersclub@liverpoolfc.co.za as we would like
to finalise numbers. The deadline is January 31st.

For more information on the memorial service, please click on the following link:
http://liverpoolfc.co.za/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/6986033853/m/7781048894



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                           AWAY SHIRT COMPETITION
                                                WINNERS

Congratulations to Duncan Randall and Oliver Hager for being the two lucky winners of the new away
shirt. We’ll be contacting you both in due course to get your shirt sizes.




                                      FESTIVE SEASON
On behalf of the committee I’d like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. For
those travelling have a safe journey. Let’s hope the second half of the 2009/2010 season brings us a
little more joy than the first! We’d also like to wish all our Jewish members a happy Chanukah.




You’ll Never Walk Alone
Elli Lechtman
Chairman
LFC Supporters Club
Visit us on www.liverpoolfc.co.za (registration and interaction is free)




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