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Posted by sailor jeff
on July 28, 2021, 7:31 pm, in reply to "1892!
it was largely a media invention which came to fruition with the 84 milk cup final with the city teams and fans saying feck you thatcher etc ,i never found it friendly in any shape or form,and i used to go with red mates and family ,personally think it all went tits up post heysel with their denying of everything, that they still do today, i still have heated arguments with kopite mates who still blame the stadium and Chelsea
I too have friends and relations who are reds as most people
On here will have
But there has never been anything friendly about those matches for me , the numerous Clive Thomas like occurrences have seen to that and their smug self satisfied attitude
There was fighting in the paddock every year in the 80s whenever a goal went in, though not in the st end or the Kop to be fair.
Wholesale animosity though? I’d say post Heysel
Back in the day the merseyside derby was a big spirited competitive game, but it was known as 'the friendly derby'. I think this was to do with the rivalries being with Manchester (United) and the London clubs.
What happened? My take: reds fans got majorly frustrated when they stopped winning in the 90's and going into the 2000's. The internationalization of their fanbase (Norwegians and Indians, etc) lost the local feel it had back in the day and the spirit of competition changed to become snide and condescending.
Shame because I've plenty of mates on the red site of the city, but it's just not the way it used to be.
Anyone else got a take on this? Why did it change?