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FEATURE: Trip to Turin

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So on Saturday 18th March I ticked off a major item on my bucket list, I got to see a live Serie A match. For those who don't know I've had a somewhat unhealthy obsession with anything Italian since I was a young kid. The obsession with Italian football in particular started when I was about eight or nine after my Mom brought me home a fake Totti shirt she'd picked up as a treat for me whilst shopping. I was a massive tomboy and so was obviously delighted at the purchase, though at the time, I didn't know an awful lot about calcio.


As I grew older I learnt more about the big Italian sides, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Juventus, Roma and so on. It was a certain club from Turin though that really captured my imagination. 

A few years ago I purchased John Foot's brilliant 'Calcio' book - I would highly recommend to anybody who is interested in learning more about Italian football. In John's book I was fascinated by Torino's both tragic yet inspiring story. Tor…

Steven Gerrard: A Career In Number Ones

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Seventeen years Steven Gerrard has been at Liverpool Football Club. Why not take a look at some of the number ones from that era? (Warning: Some of them are absolutely terrible haha!)

Debut 1998



Season Start 1999



Season Start 2000



League Cup Win 2001



FA Cup Win 2001 and UEFA Cup Win 2001



Season Start 2001



Season Start 2002



League Cup Win 2003



Season Start 2003



Season Start 2004



Olympiakos Goal 2004



Champions League Win 2005



Season Start 2005



FA Cup Win 2006



Season Start 2006



Season Start 2007



Season Start 2008



Season Start 2009



Season Start 2010



Season Start 2011



League Cup Win 2012



Season Start 2012



Season Start 2013



Season Start 2014



Last Ever Appearance At Anfield



I couldn't leave this one out could I?

Past Players: Volume 8 - Ian Callaghan

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Ian Callaghan is a player stamped into Anfield folklore after recording a massive 857 appearances for the club. Callaghan who was born in Toxteth in April 1942 was a versatile midfielder who began his career at Liverpool on the right wing and eventually ended up in the centre.

Callaghan is a name you learn as a Liverpool fan no matter what age you are sucked into the club but it is the older generation who had the privalege to experience his ability and charm first hand.



The Basics

Full Name: Ian Robert Callaghan
Date Of Birth: 10th April 1942
Born in: Toxteth, Liverpool
Position: Midfielder

Personal Life

Unlike a lot of Liverpool legends that I end up writing about on the blog Callaghan was a boyhood Liverpool fan and not infact a bluenose. He joined Liverpool as an apprentice in 1960 at the age of 17.

Callghan is also different in that, unlike a lot of past players he hasn't sought after the limelight. He's a very down to earth man and after retiring, other than starting up an…

Past Players: Volume 7 - Steve McManaman

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Steve McManaman is one of the Liverpool players that were around in the era that I began learning everything about Liverpool Football Club. Most people will know now that the reason I ended up supporting Liverpool was down to a brother who was obsessed with them at the time. Despite being only 10 when McManaman left I remember watching several games with my brother praising his every move but it appears that many younger fans these days and neutrals alike have no idea how good McManaman actually was, he separates opinion when it comes to his personality but he truly had a gift on the field.

The Basics

Full Name: Steven McManaman
Date Of Birth: 11th February 1972
Born in: Kirkdale, Liverpool
Height: 6ft
Position: Attacking Midfielder

Personal Life

Before signing his first contract with Liverpool McManaman was a much praised cross country runner, he even beat a former Olympian at one stage on the circuit. 

Many people often forget that Steve lost his mother during his last season at Liverpool, s…

Past Managers: Volume 3 - Bob Paisley

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Whenever somebody utters the name of Liverpool Football Club, it's synonymous with great managers and great players. Over the years Bill Shankly has become an icon but many people forget the achievements of his successor, Shankly began the dream, but it was none other than Bob Paisley who ensured it continued.



The Basics

Full Name: Robert Paisley
Nickname: Bob
Date Of Birth: 23rd January 1919
Born in: Sunderland
Position As A Player: Defender
Years As A Liverpool Player: 15
Years As Liverpool Manager: 9

Playing Career

Bob Paisley began his footballing career at Bishop Auckland a none league side close to Durham. Bob made his move to Liverpool in 1939 but because of World War 2 he was unable to make his debut until the beginning of January in 1946.

His first goal came against Wolverhampton Wanderers in a league fixture at Anfield. As a defender, Bob wasn't a huge goalscorer but managed to put 10 in the net over 253 appearances for Liverpool.

Coaching Career/Backroom Staff

Bob afte…

7 Days, 7 Guests - Boo Boys

For 7 days The Liver Bird is being hijacked by guest bloggers. I am delighted to be showing you some fantastic pieces from Liverpool fans who you can also follow on Twitter.
First up this week with an article on the "Boo Boys" is Ian, you can find Ian on Twitter as @Ian_LFC and you can also check out his bloghere.
Lucas Has Survived the Boo Boys – Who’s Next?
“I’ve paid my money so I’m entitled to my opinion” is something I’ve heard spoken many times in The Kop over the years. In recent years, in the pubs packed on a match day, you’ll hear similar albeit with the money paid going over the bar. So what are the protestations about and who makes them?
Liverpool supporters, the “greatest fans in the world” have always had an element of the fan base that will get on a Liverpool player’s back, constantly, often ignorantly; and game in, game out.
This has always rankled with me. Yes of course we’ve had players not good enough to be in our team, you know them so I won’t name them. Oh…