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Derby week has always been very special, especially when I lived in Liverpool with friends winding each other up, pubs full of banter and the streets more colourful as the two sides’ supporters don their colours. Inside the ground there is an electric atmosphere.
These days it's slightly different living away from Liverpool - it means I can't soak up the feeling during the week but with mobile phones, Facebook and Twitter etc, the banter is still there. There are so many Liverpool supporters in this neck of the woods, so that still means there is the traditional banter.
Most of it this season is coming from me and even though we are not having a great season so far, Liverpool’s woes are far worse; already beaten twice by Blackpool, knocked out of the league cup at home by League Two opposition, below us in the league, knocked out of the FA Cup and having already said goodbye to Roy Hodgson, oh and beaten by the Blues 2-0 - what a day that was at Goodison.
Happy Days and long may they continue!
I was there that night when we drew 4-4 with Liverpool and 'King Kenny' decided management was too stressful, not really sure why he has decided to take the job on again, but hey, someone's got to do it.
I wish him well, after the weekend that is!
I have only been lucky enough to be at a derby match at Anfield once, as tickets are hard to come by. I was at the game when Sharpy lashed the ball in from 30 yards, I was standing on the Kop with a Liverpool mate of mine whose regular match partner was away on business, so he asked me to go. He is still regretting it to this day, as I went slightly berserk until I realised where I was standing, but what a goal, more of the same this Sunday would be great!
It's strange to think I was at Kenny's last derby game 20 years ago and now luckily I will be there at his first in his second spell at the club. It was a close call as I only managed to get a ticket for the game on Wednesday, so thank you God because all those prayers paid off, I will be a good boy all year, promise!
And I will be a good boy for two years, if we can get a victory at Anfield - Come on Blue Boys!
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