In 1988 Smith caused considerable controversy
after making derogatory comments about black
people to author Dave Hill while being interviewed in
the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool for a book Hill was
writing about black Liverpool F.C player John
Barnes. Smith was uncomplimentary about Howard
Gayle, a black former Liverpool player with whom
Smith had been at the club in the 1970s while the
striker was a youth team player, saying that:
"Howard suffered from a black man's attitude
towards the white man. See, everybody thinks
whites have an attitude towards blacks. In reality
it's blacks who have a problem with the whites".
Smith later added that in order to gain his respect
and friendship, "coloured" people have to learn to
"think like the white man" and that he later grew
to like Gayle, remarking that "I used to call Howard
the 'White ######'. Now that is a compliment. It was
the only way I could find to describe that I thought
he was OK." Smith then went on to comment to Hill
that "I'm not prejudiced but if a coon moved in next
door, I'd move, like most white people would. If my
daughter came home with a ######, I'd go mad. But
I'm only being truthful and normal."
Although Grobbelaar is mostly fondly remembered by most players and staff from his time at Anfield, he did reportedly generate some unrest amongst some fellow players due to remarks made about black opposition players and even black teammates. Howard Gayle, a young black centre-forward who played for Liverpool in the late 70s and early 80s, recalls that during one training session at Melwood, the players were performing sprints - Gayle claims that when he was about to set off running, Grobbelaar leaned over to him and said: "on your marks, get set, pick up your lips, go". When Gayle stopped and complained to Grobbelaar that he felt offended by what he regarded as a racist remark, he claims the goalkeeper's jovial mood altered and that he responded darkly: "if you were back in the jungle, where you should be, I'd shoot you. I used to shoot people like you", referring to his days in the Rhodesian Army. Gayle was understandably distressed and claims many of his teammates were horrified by Grobbelaar's remarks. Grobbelaar is alleged to have later said of Gayle: "Howard Gayle turned out alright in the end. He was like a white ######" (a remark later misattributed to Tommy Smith). John Fashanu of Wimbledon F.C. would later claim that Grobbelaar once made the same "pick up your lips" remark to him during a league match.
As for carragher- he spits at kids, his son get a pass at local schools despite being excluded for 'clown threats' and he is kept from getting levelled by a family who he has funded numerous unsuccessful property ventures for.
If you expect ####s to be anything other than ####s you are mistaken. I STILL know reds who feel Heysel was 'justified.'
Fcuk them all.