Following his excellent summary of Liverpool's trophy-winning season of 1972-73 in "Ending the Seven-Year Itch", the second in Steven Horton's trilogy in the first half of this decade changes direction completely by moving away from competitive matches and focusing on friendly matches that the club has played throughout its history. "Red All Over The World" is indeed an appropriate title because, South America apart, Liverpool Football Club has indeed travelled to pretty much every corner of the globe in its one hundred and twenty-one year history to entertain followers of the game from many different cultures and backgrounds.
Steven is a proficient and authoritative local historian as well as being extremely knowledgeable about the football club he has supported all his life. But the internet is only a recent phenomenon so there is only one way to properly research events that took place decades ago; and that is by the most painstaking detective work that usually involves spending hours trawling through old newspaper reports and articles, something this author has always been prepared to do with the utmost diligence so that he can get at the facts and then relay them to others.
Liverpool teams started travelling almost as soon as the club had been formed. In the early days some tours at the end of a season gave the club an opportunity to reward its players with a sort of `busman's holiday' because it was unable, officially anyway, to supplement a player's wages with extra payments. But the schedule was extremely demanding. In the club's inaugural season, 1892-93, twenty-five competitive matches were played (twenty-two in the Lancashire League and three in the F.A.Read more ›
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