118 years ago Liverpool Football Club was founded by a man named John Houlding. Without him, this great club wouldn’t exist. Fast forward to the modern day and this great club, our club, is well past the point of disaster – we’re heading for extinction.
The summers of thinking “which trophy are we gonna win this season” have long gone, now our biggest worry is “will we still have a club next summer?” Those days of League Championships, classic European nights and regular visits to Wembley have become distant memories for us now. And they don’t seem to be returning any time soon and that’s because the club is being run into the ground by not only the owners, but their shithouse, gobshite board members as well.
What John Houlding did was create a football club, he created the greatest football club in the world. Tom Hicks and George Gillett have ruined that club. They’ve tore it limb from limb. But the heart of the club still beats inside every one of us Reds. We will not, we can not, allow our club to die. Once the owners tear the heart out of the club, once they tear us out of the club then it’s over.
John Houlding didn’t manage to see his own dream through of us being the greatest football club in the world. But what he built was enough for the likes of T.V. Williams, John Smith and David Moores to build us even further. Success came with a list of legendary managers and Liverpool Football Club was the benchmark of every other club because not only were we the best on the field, but also off it. The Liverpool Way it was called, any problems happened in house.
But Tom Hicks, George Gillett, Christian Purslow and Martin Broughton are tearing down the building that John Houlding started to build. They’re tearing it down at such a rate that there may not be a building anymore to call Liverpool Football Club.
I plead with every one of you Reds who reads this, not to allow our club to go under and go bust. Hicks and Gillett want money, that’s all they’re here for so please do not give them any more of your money. If they realise that they’re not getting the money from the fans, then they will have to sell the club. They will have to leave.
Hopefully somebody in authority will also get through to the banks to stop constantly refinancing them. That’s been our biggest struggle, that every time a deadline comes up they get further time to pay. John Houlding didn’t build this club for banks to refinance the American owners. Bill Shankly didn’t build this club to a bastion of invincibility just so in the future the banks can refinance the American owners ruining his empire. Bob Paisley didn’t build this club into European Cup winners just so the American owners could play with this club like it was a toy while banks refinance them.
No this club was built for us Reds to have something in life that we live for. If this club, the most successful club in England, goes extinct then what have we to live for? How empty would your life be without Liverpool Football Club? I couldn’t start supporting any other club, no matter what I just couldn’t. I’m a fan of Liverpool Football Club and I fear for my club’s future while Hicks and Gillett are running it. We bleed with this club, we cry with this club yet we still don’t turn away from this club. That’s what it means to us, those yanks don’t understand or appreciate that.
To us it is not a plaything or a franchise but rather our life. It was the life of John Houlding, T.V. Williams, John Smith, David Moores and so many others. It’s a money making scheme for Hicks and Gillett, well do not give them your money for the good of your club. Banks, do not give them any more money for the good of our club.
And, in time, maybe we will have security over our club’s future. Maybe we’ll all get a few more peaceful nights knowing our club will still exist tomorrow. And maybe we will return to the benchmark of all other clubs.
That can only happen if we give them “Not A Penny More“.