Memo to Boy fans: Keep off the pitch says Ron Yeats
Memo to Boy fans: Keep off the pitch says Ron Yeats of Liverpool
As we all hoped, we opened the season with a win at Blackburn and just about deserved it. The game could be described as dour rather than scintillating with the score reflecting pretty accurately our superiority on the day. Looking back I am left with three main impressions.
Firstly, it marked the debut of Peter Thompson and everybody must have been impressed. I am sure he is going to prove a tower of strength to the attack in a position where the quality of the play used to fluctuate quite a lot.
His opposite number played him very hard (leaving the bruises to prove it) but Peter came through very well.
The second point which is unusual is that the opening goal of the season should be scored by a full back.
Supporters at home will know all about this, but for the sake of those overseas, Ronnie Moran, for once, had his penalty saved. However, the keeper could not hold the ball and Ronnie followed up and scored.
The third and most vivid recollection is that of the support we received. I should imagine that over half the crowd was composed of our supporters which made it more like a home match in difference surroundings.
The truth of this statement is borne out by Brian Douglas, who remarked to Peter Thompson during the course of the game: “What’s with this crowd you’ve brought with you? It’s like playing away from home.”
BOYS ON THE PITCH
This brings me to the extraordinary scenes after our goals when the pitch was invaded by hundreds of our young supporters.
We want you to come along and enjoy yourselves, but behave yourselves while you are doing it. If you are on a ground where you are allowed to sit close to the touch lines, stay there.
At Blackburn you have already spoiled it for yourselves, because of the way you invaded the pitch, the police will no longer allow you near the playing area.
I know you want us to do well, but you nearly got the game stopped last Saturday by your over-enthusiasm; if we had scored again and you had rushed on to the field to show your pleasure, the referee would , without a doubt, have stopped the game.
We might have lost the replay and you would have been the cause of it. So think that one over.
We had looked forward enormously to our game against Nottingham Forest and now we are looking back at it with regret. We felt that we had the beating of this side and were more than anxious to avenge the double which they pulled off last year.
On the night, we certainly did not deserve to win, because rarely have things gone more wrong for us. I cannot remember an occasion when so many of us have had poor games.
I am not offering criticism but only stating facts when I say this.
Poor Jimmy Melia had one of those nights (which happen to all players of all games at some time or other) when nothing went right. If he did the right thing, somebody mis-read his intention and moved into the wrong place which made Jimmy look silly.
You can’t expect to get away with one of the inside forwards having a game like this without the others being affected to a greater or less extent and so the whole line was out of gear.
This may read as though I am putting the blame on Jimmy, but this is far from what I intend. He did, however, play so far below his brilliant best, that others, inevitably were affected. In spite of this, we should have had half a dozen goals but the openings were wasted.
The halves and backs were not blameless either, so altogether it was one of those nights. At any moment I expected to wake up screaming and find myself in bed.
To crown everything, Ian St John got somebody’s elbow across his right eyebrow and sustained a split which required three stitches.
On the other side of the picture, I must say that Forest played some pretty sound football, their halves being particularly good. We have cause to be grateful (although there is no satisfaction in this sentiment) to McKinley for his own goal.
Why he should have chosen suddenly to turn round and score for us when not under any particular pressure, I do not suppose he will ever know. Apart from this, he had a first class game.
I thought too, that Frank Wignall (against whom I had not previously played) led his line well. He showed tremendous dash and determination when going for the ball.
Well, I have got all the distasteful stuff out of my system and I hope that we, as a team, have got our bad match behind us in the same way. Whether you choose to consider that Forest is our bogey team is up to you, but I can tell you that the boys are itching to have another go at them to show that the form is all wrong.
Copyright - Liverpool Echo - Transcribed by the makers of the "Walk On" film.