Such a good post.
I have been supporting the Liverpool since 1990. As a fan, I have seen so many up's and downs. False dawns and golden skies, 5 year plans, joint managers, the lot. But that's the joys of being a football fan. What a club.
I have seen how some of my United mates have become so used to success, it's a given for them, and they enjoyed many great moments as united fans. My best mate is an Arsenal fan, he doesn't complain and has enjoyed up's and downs as any fan, and watched their success come. After the last few years of turmoil, worry and strain..i really do hope this is the beginning of something new and beautiful as a Liverpool supporter. I want to see us getting back in there competing, and challenging on all fronts, playing good Football and everybody pulling together as a unit. That's what I remember most of being a Liverpool fan.
From being a kid reading shoot and match in my room, then having my favourite players posters on the walls, sticker albums! lol and saving my money to buying a jersey. I remember playing footie in the school yard, after school, on the streets, during the summer with my cousins, on a beach, playing under-age and totally immersed in the game. No time for computer games, my friends and i just wanted to play this game.
I remember trying to learn all the little tricks and ducks that the pro's did. Buying the LFC video's. I was a Liverpool supporter, and damn proud of it. While all my United mates sang and jeered me for supporting them (I was the only Liverpool fan in my class) I smiled, and relished playing them more than anything.
As i got older, i wanted to learn more about the club, the great managers and players. The tactic's, our greatest games. There was no youtube then, so finding old video's of games was hard. As the internet dawned in the late 90's, and more and more social mediums opened, more people had access to new news sources, fan's had news 24/7 regarding their beloved clubs. Everything changed.
When I finally got to visit Anfield, and 27 years of age, it was an amazing feeling. Something i had been waiting for all my life. Sadily, i couldn't have picked a worse game. Liverpool Vs Wolves (0-1) Christmas 2010. Don't need to talk about that game. But i sensed the anger, frustration and pain the fans here were going through post Hicks & Gilette. Wolves fans near me were singing " where is your famous atmosphere"... I wondered what it must have been like standing in the kop when we played on those Euro nights under Rafa, Paisley, Kenny, Fagan, Shanks, Ged...
We are at a new beginning for our club. Lets dust off these cobwebs, stretch our legs, start of with a simple job before we can sprint like did before. We will get there.