Personally I think most of you people have lost sight of what this should be about and have diluted the RTK in an attempt to fulfil your own agendas.
RTK had the right intentions but has already warped into an ugly beast.
Itís not an OOT/local debate; itís not a fascist dictatorship telling you what to wear and how to behave. You donít have to recite 20 Liverpool songs before entry. Simply itís about getting the atmosphere back, or it should be. All the other crap that has been spouted on here and on other forums is a total load of shite.
The atmosphere has nothing to do with where your from, what you wear and who sits in what stand. Prove me wrong, but I have been going to the game since 1977 and the best atmosphere I have been in - the CL games against Chelsea and Juve, and I sit in the Upper Centenary these days. In those two games the ďentireĒ ground was jumping from start to finish.
Did it matter that people where taking pictures Ė NO
Did it matter that people on the Kop wore Wanker Hats Ė NO
Did it matter that they wore replica shirts Ė NO
Did it matter that not all of them came from L4 - NO
Etc etc etc.
Those of you that think the Kop was always a wall of noise for 90 minutes in every game, weíll my memory must be really bad because I donít remember it that way.
The only thing that matters is that when it counts, when it really counts
Liverpool fans are the best in the world at creating an atmosphere.
The ugly beast that is now the RTK is in danger, if not sorted out soon, of alienating a large number of fans. I took an Aussie to the game on Saturday, he is over for three games and may never be back again. When he pulled out his phone he asked permission to use it as he felt that on the previous game (his first ever) he was given some ďbad looksĒ for taking pictures of the Kop from the front before the game started. I can understand people getting pissed off if you have someone on their feet for 90 minutes disturbing your view but for fucks sake people get real!
Another one, replica shirts. Personally I can take or leave them, but if you make it unacceptable for anyone under 12 to wear them, well thanks a lot for the increase in ticket prices boys, cause where do you think the lost revenue will come from?
Those of you that go on about Union jacks, St Georges Cross etc, well historically they were always on the Kop. They only went away when the hooligans and fascists took them as there own. Take a look at the last stand of the Kop and you will see some that were brought out for one last airing.
I wont go on, but please people, GET REAL. This is 2006 not 1966, our history is unrivalled, buts its exactly that Ė history. RTK should not be how its used to be, but how we as modern fans, educate (not bully) those that only come to the occasional game and improve the atmosphere.
For a start - do you sit on the Kop, are you reading this - do you sing at the game?
Me I'm too old and tired, but thats why I dont sit on the Kop