Thursday, April 24, 2008
This was taken from LFC's official website:
A Kopite dying of cancer has said an emotional thank-you to fans who held aloft a banner telling him 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.
The message to 17-year-old Liam Harker was displayed at Anfield during the Champions League semi-final against Chelsea.
The brave teenager, who has been given just weeks to live, said: "I would like to thank the fans for everything they have done for me. They have been fantastic, they really have."
News of Liam's battle against stomach cancer has struck a chord with Liverpool supporters all over the world.
Fans on the independent website Red and White Kop pulled together to organise the banner and flag tribute in the Kop end in front of millions of TV viewers.
One read: "Liam Harker, millions of Reds are with you every step of the way, hold your head up high my friend as you'll never walk alone. God Bless."
The Darlington youngster's mum, Tracey, said: "Thankfully he managed to stay awake to watch the game with us and seeing the banner on the Kop was quite a moment. It is something we will never forget.
"Liverpool as a club and the fans have been absolutely fantastic. Liam has been in absolute awe. He couldn't believe that people who don't know him are doing this.
"The gifts, the banners, everything, it just shows there are some good people left in the world.
"I'd just like to say that Liam and his family appreciate everything that they have done.
"They have given us some precious messages over the last few weeks and it has been so good for us. Thanks to absolutely everyone involved."
While Chelsea grabbed a valuable away goal in the game on Tuesday, Liam for one is still sure Liverpool will progress.
Tracey added: "He is still convinced they are going through."
Red and White Kop member John Doherty first wrote on the internet forum two weeks ago after hearing of Liam's story through a family friend.
"It's heart-breaking for such a young lad," he said.
"What touched me about it was the fact that all he wanted was to sit in a Liverpool shirt.
"I was tearful, and felt proud of the response from the fans, but it's not about us, it's about Liam."
John's post sparked a surge of messages from fans across the world, including from Australia, Sweden, Thailand and Canada.
"Liverpool FC is a just a big family and this just goes to prove that," he added.
Amy Jenkins, from Anglesey, North Wales, was one of those who made a banner after seeing the story on the internet.
She said: "It was his wish to have his name up at Anfield. It is such a sad, heart-breaking story, I felt I had to do something."
Fans have arranged for some of the banners to be sent to Liam. The others will travel to Stamford Bridge for the return leg next Wednesday.
Liverpool FC PR manager Brian Hall said: "We were very sad Liam could not make the trip (to meet the players earlier this week). We sent him a shirt with all the players' names on and a team photo, and we hope that will give him the little bit of happiness he so richly deserves."
And not only that, LFC also expressed its sympathy and condolences to Chelsea's midfielder Frank Lampard whose mother passed away after battling with pneumonia.
Liverpool Football Club sends its condolences to Frank Lampard after the death of his mother Pat.
The Chelsea star missed Premier League games against Wigan and Everton to be at his mother's bedside. But, when her condition improved, he returned for Tuesday night's Champions League semi-final first leg 1-1 draw at Anfield.
He returned to be at her bedside after the match but her health suddenly worsened and she passed away after a battle with pneumonia.
Its a true testament of how great this football club is. Perhaps that is something "yanks" would never understand.
We all hope that the spirit of Istanbul will always be in your heart forever. We all know how strong your heart is simply because you a a true kopite. You'll always be in our mind.
May You Rest In Peace
Pat Lampard (1950-2008)
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Chelsea has the upper hand for the second leg now. Liverpool now need to do something they have never done in 4 years at the Bridge. And that has to change come next week.
In the mean time here's something dramatic.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
On the eve of the Fulham match, liverpoolfc.tv published the tragic story of Liam Harker, a 17-year-old Liverpool fanatic from Darlington, who was presented with a signed shirt by his Anfield heroes on the day that doctors admitted there was nothing more they could do to save his life.
Liam only found out he was suffering from stomach cancer six weeks ago after he was admitted to the Royal Victoria Infirmary Hospital in Newcastle. After being treated with an intensive course of radiotherapy, Liam was told on April 3 that he had beaten the cancer as the tumour had started to shrink.
Things took a serious turn for the worse the following day when Liam became very ill however. X-Rays revealed that the cancer had not only returned, it had spread throughout his body. It was at this moment that his parents were told that more radiotherapy would only help prolong his life by a matter of weeks.
On April 11, Liam was told he had just two weeks left to live and was allowed home to die. Macmillan nurses are on hand round the clock to help him and his family at this incredibly difficult time. Upon arriving home, Liam's wish to his dad was to spend his final days in a shirt signed by the players he idolises. He also asked his dad to bury him in a Liverpool shirt when he dies as he's lived and breathed Liverpool Football Club all his life.
When news reached the club of Liam's plight, the youngster's dad was contacted and Liam was invited down to Melwood on Monday to not only pick up a signed shirt but also be taken on a tour of Melwood and meet not just the players but also Rafael Benitez.
Unfortunately, Liam was advised by doctors that he wouldn't be able to make the trip to Liverpool due to his worsening condition as even short trips between his home and the hospital in Newcastle for radiotherapy sessions take too much out of the youngster.
However, while Liam couldn't make the trip to Melwood to pick up the shirt, on Friday one arrived special delivery at his home in the North East from Liverpool complete with the autographs of all his heroes.
News of Liam's brave battle struck a chord with Liverpool supporters all over the world and fans on Red and White Kop, the independent Liverpool website, and many other official and unofficial fans forums took it upon themselves over the weekend to try and send a message back to Liam that he was never going to walk alone. The idea was simple: make a flag with a message to Liam, unveil it during the Chelsea game on Tuesday, alert ITV to Liam's plight and pray that the TV cameras pick it up for Liam to see watching back home in his bed in Darlington.
Now today, a picture of the first banner has emerged. Put together by Liverpool supporter Mark Hanson from Blackwood in South Wales and his girlfriend Elaine, the flag will start out in Row 10, Block 108 of the Kop before hopefully making its way down to the front.
"I was in tears reading about Liam's story," Mark told liverpoolfc.tv today, "and when someone started the thread about banners, I said I would help if needed as I'd done a few before. A few others said they were trying to get banners done, but had problems with time.
"My girlfriend was on her way down to South Wales to see me as it was her birthday on Friday, but she's a mad red as well, so when I told her that I was doing a banner, she was more than happy to help.
"On Saturday, we went and bought the material and spent all day cutting out lettering. I'll be gluing it all together today, as the girlfriend is off back home.
"The only aim out of doing the banner is to make a fellow Red smile in his last few days. There's nothing we can do for the guy but to make him happy for a little while longer. Hopefully the banner will be picked up by the TV cameras but after Tuesday, I aim to send it up to Liam's house so he can drape it over his bed."
Liam's friends and family are hoping Mark's banner is just the first of number of flags planned to bring some joy to the 17-year-old on Tuesday.
As days passed by with sorrow and sadness be sure to know that you will never be left behind or forgotten not just by the Anfield heroes of the past and present. We as LFC fans collectively wish you happiness and strength to battle it out. Cancer is neither racist nor sexist, it chooses to attack whoever at will and usually does so unexpectedly. But one thing you can expect that is all of us will never walk without you in our minds.
Godspeed Liam Harker
Izrin and Ali
“Kalau berak, tepuk tangan, kalau berak tepuk tangan, kalau berak tepuk tangan (and he clapped)
Kalau berak tatak kaki, kalau berak tatak kaki, kalau berak tatak kaki (and he stamped his feet)”
After 5 times singing the same song to me, I finally realized that he was singing
“Kalau anda rasa gembira tepuk tangan, kalau anda rasa gembira tepuk tangan, kalau anda rasa gembira, begitu lah caranya kalau anda rasa gembira teput tangan,
Kalau anda rasa gembira hentak kaki, kalau anda rasa gembira hentak kaki, kalau anda rasa gembira, begitu lah caranya, kalau anda rasa gembira hentak kaki”
Somehow, the word gembira becomes berak. Hmmm..
Later he sang to me the “ABC” song. But his song went “A B C D E F G H I J K EI AM OEPI , KU AI FLUGHAREL SCHEIBE SCHALLEFE WOCHENENDE……” Well, if Simon Cowell is going to comment on his singing he would probably say “ I think you’ve got the rhythm right, but somehow along the way, you changed your language from English to German”.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Nineteen years may have passed since the terrible events at Hillsborough but the 96 who lost their lives will never be forgotten.
John Alfred Anderson (62)
Thomas Howard (39)
Colin Mark Ashcroft (19)
Thomas Anthony Howard (14)
James Gary Aspinall (18)
Eric George Hughes (42)
Kester Roger Marcus Ball (16)
Alan Johnston (29)
Gerard Bernard Patrick Baron (67)
Christine Anne Jones (27)
Simon Bell (17)
Gary Philip Jones (18)
Barry Sidney Bennett (26)
Richard Jones (25)
David John Benson (22)
Nicholas Peter Joynes (27)
David William Birtle (22)
Anthony Peter Kelly (29)
Tony Bland (22)
Michael David Kelly (38)
Paul David Brady (21)
Carl David Lewis (18)
Andrew Mark Brookes (26)
David William Mather (19)
Carl Brown (18)
Brian Christopher Mathews (38)
David Steven Brown (25)
Francis Joseph McAllister (27)
Henry Thomas Burke (47)
John McBrien (18)
Peter Andrew Burkett (24)
Marion Hazel McCabe (21)
Paul William Carlile (19)
Joseph Daniel McCarthy (21)
Raymond Thomas Chapman (50)
Peter McDonnell (21)
Gary Christopher Church (19)
Alan McGlone (28)
Joseph Clark (29)
Keith McGrath (17)
Paul Clark (18)
Paul Brian Murray (14)
Gary Collins (22)
Lee Nicol (14)
Stephen Paul Copoc (20)
Stephen Francis O'Neill (17)
Tracey Elizabeth Cox (23)
Jonathon Owens (18)
James Philip Delaney (19)
William Roy Pemberton (23)
Christopher Barry Devonside (18)
Carl William Rimmer (21)
Christopher Edwards (29)
David George Rimmer (38)
Vincent Michael Fitzsimmons (34)
Graham John Roberts (24)
Thomas Steven Fox (21)
Steven Joseph Robinson (17)
Jon-Paul Gilhooley (10)
Henry Charles Rogers (17)
Barry Glover (27)
Colin Andrew Hugh William Sefton (23)
Ian Thomas Glover (20)
Inger Shah (38)
Derrick George Godwin (24)
Paula Ann Smith (26)
Roy Harry Hamilton (34)
Adam Edward Spearritt (14)
Philip Hammond (14)
Philip John Steele (15)
Eric Hankin (33)
David Leonard Thomas (23)
Gary Harrison (27)
Patrik John Thompson (35)
Stephen Francis Harrison (31)
Peter Reuben Thompson (30)
Peter Andrew Harrison (15)
Stuart Paul William Thompson (17)
David Hawley (39)
Peter Francis Tootle (21)
James Robert Hennessy (29)
Christopher James Traynor (26)
Paul Anthony Hewitson (26)
Martin Kevin Traynor (16)
Carl Darren Hewitt (17)
Kevin Tyrrell (15)
Nicholas Michael Hewitt (16)
Colin Wafer (19)
Sarah Louise Hicks (19)
Ian David Whelan (19)
Victoria Jane Hicks (15)
Martin Kenneth Wild (29)
Gordon Rodney Horn (20)
Kevin Daniel Williams (15)
Arthur Horrocks (41)
Graham John Wright (17)
roommate Sunita . During the course of the meal, his mother couldn't
help but notice how pretty Kumar's roommate was. She had long been
suspicious of a relationship between the two, and this had only made her
Over the course of the evening, while watching the two interact, she
started to wonder if there was more between Kumar and his roommate than
met the eye.
Reading his mom's thoughts, Kumar volunteered, "I know what you must be
thinking, but I assure you, Sunita and I are just roommates.
" About a week later, Sunita came to Kumar saying, "Ever since your mother
came to dinner, I've been unable to find the silver plate. You don't suppose
she took it, do you?"
Kumar said ,"Well, I doubt it, but I'll email her, just to be sure."
So he sat down and wrote:
I'm not saying that you 'did' take the silver plate from my house,
I'm not saying that you 'did not' take the silver plate.
But the fact remains that it has been missing ever since you were here for dinner.
Several days later, Kumar received an email from his Mother which read
I'm not saying that you 'do' sleep with Sunita , and I'm not saying that
you 'do not' sleep with Sunita .
But the fact remains that if she was sleeping in her OWN bed, she
would have found the silver plate by now under the pillow...
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Liverpool FC played against Arsenal 3 times in a row in their last 3 games which just ended earlier. Most headlines in UK read its the ultimate trilogy sort of like a Movie kind of thing.
The first two matches were played in London on Arsenal's ground which ended 1-1 on both occasion. Many predict that the final game would be even closer and many agreed that it would probably be another draw. How wrong were they.
It could not have started any worse for Liverpool as they were outplayed by Arsenal in the early exchange of the game which eventually gave Arsenal the lead through Abou Diaby. It was probably down to Reina's goalkeeping error for letting in the ball past his near post.
But it got better towards halftime as Sami Hyypia leveled for Liverpool from a powerful header from Steven Gerrard's corner kick. As halftime approached the score remained the same.
Liverpool started the 2nd half attacking the KOP END. Peter Crouch made a rare start for this game and almost scored one himself early in the 2nd period of the game. As the game went by it was evenly balanced until a moment of brilliance from Fernando Torres to score and made it 2-1 to Liverpool. As he scored the 2nd goal my brother and I were jumping and screaming only to realise that our parents were in bed. Just as I thought that we might wake them up, my dad came out from his room and joined us to watch the rest of the game.
As it stands now, Liverpool lead 3-2 on aggregate. But Arsenal need only a goal to progress on away goal rules and it got worse for us, a magical and brilliant run from Theo Walcott made the entire Liverpool team look like Malaysian Footballers before slotting a pass to Adebayor to score that goal they needed. And it was looking really bad now.
Just a minute after the restart, Kolo Toure was adjudged to have fouled Ryan Babel in the penalty area and gave away a penalty kick. Up comes Captain Fantastic to take the spot kick and he converted it. Liverpool back in the lead!!!
Just to make it sure, Ryan Babbel outran Cesc Fabregas to score the fourth goal to make it 4-2 on the night and 5-3 on aggregate.It was a cruel exit for Arsenal but there was no denying it was Liverpool's night.Liverpool through to the semifinals and will now play Chelsea. As a Liverpool Fan I hope the magnitude of these Arsenal games will spur them on to knock Chelsea out again for the third time at the very same stage.
When you walk through a storm
hold your head up high
And don't be afraid of the dark.
At the end of a storm is a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark.
Walk on through the wind,
Walk on through the rain,
Tho' your dreams be tossed and blown.
Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone,
You'll never, ever walk alone.
Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone,
You'll never, ever walk alone.
Friday, April 4, 2008
In a trial, a Southern small-town prosecuting attorney called his first witness, a grandmotherly, an elderly woman to the stand. He approached her and asked "Mrs Jones, do you know me?" She responded "Why, yes, I do know you, Mr Williams. I've known you since you were a boy, and frankly you've been a big dissapointment to me. You lie, you cheat on your wife, and you manipulate people, and talk about them behind their backs. You think you are a big shot , when you haven't the brains to realise you'll never amount to anything more than a two-bit paper pusher. Yes, I know you"
The lawyer was stunned. Not knowing what else to do, he pointed across the room and asked "Mrs Jones, do you know the defense attorney?"
She again replied "Why yes, I do. I have known Mr Bradley since he was a youngster too. He's lazy, bigoted and he has a drinking problem. He can't build a normal relationship with anyone, and his law practice is one of the worst in the entire state. Not to mention he cheated his wife with three different women. One of them was your wife. Yes, I know him."
The defense attorney nearly died.
The judge asked both counsels to approach the bench and in a very quiet voice said, "If either of you idiots ask her if she knows me, I'll send you both to the electric chair."