Well, I could have left this page blank. It would have been funny. Probably would have garnered quite a few RTs too, and lots of hits etc etc, but no – I’m not that cruel.
Andy Carroll hasn’t had the greatest career at Liverpool FC. He’d probably be the first to tell you that, but, despite all the negativity about the amount of money we paid for him, and the impact he didn’t have on the first team, he did have a few highlights at LFC (I know, I know – surprised me to).
The first highlight for many of us, was the stark realisation that he looks like some chap called David Gilmour out of some not so well known band called PINK FLOYD!
Again, I could end it here. Again, it would be funny. In my opinion anyway.
But Andy, oh Andy. The drinker. The man who likes a bevvy. The man who’s always seen with a beer in his hand (though I have to admit – I have never seen it).
He has a special place in my heart. He’s responsible for a certain goal against a certain rival team that certainly put us through to a final of a certain FA Cup against Chelsea.
What a day that was. I got there early. Travelled first class from Manchester Picadilly. Met up with a few twitterati inc the notorious @MelwoodLFC himself (or should I say one part of them – or 4/5ths of them if we are talking belly sizes), had a few beers, and a few more, and then headed into Wembley.
Everton took the lead with Jelavic capitalising on a defensive mix up between Agger and Carragher and then Distin gifted Luis Suarez a goal by passing back to fresh air, rather than kicking the ball a little bit harder and getting the ball back to Tim Howard.
Then, on the 87th minute, after missing an easier chance earlier, big Andy Carroll jumped up in the air and connected with a free-kick taken by Bellamy and the ball drifted into the back of the net.
Old Scouser Tony sat at the side of me started crying like a big fucking baby. And rightly so. With only 3 minutes of normal time on the clock we knew only a big monumental fuck up would have gifted Everton an equaliser, and we celebrated being the the FA Cup final.
A game that, of course we went on to lose against Chelsea. Andy Carroll was brough on as a substitute in that game and instantly made an impact. The players seemed to want to play! He pulled a goal back, making it the eventual game losing score of 2 – 1.
He also levelled the game at 2 – 2, or from where we sat it looked like it – heading in a cross from Luis Suarez. I turned to Twitter this time (first and last time I’ve used it during a game), to see the reactions of whether the ball was over the line or not. It 100% looked in from where we say. Twitter said it was too. And Twitter said it wasn’t also.
I tweeted a couple of sensible Twitter users (are there such a thing) and got confirmation that the ball hadn’t crossed the line.
Gutted. Not just at the prospect of a 6 hour drive back home being miserable as fuck, but with the impact the lad made, he deserved that goal.
But it just wasn’t meant to be. Dalglish was removed from his post and Brendan Rodgers brought in. Andy Carroll shipped off for a season long loan at West Ham as he didn’t fit in to the “new football philosophy” sweeping Anfield.
Still, wasn’t Andy Carroll that was pictured with another great signing of ours before he signed – one that Stewart Downing initially denied and claimed that he’d been set up?
Talking of wishes – good luck Andy. Hope you do well, but remember when you are playing against Liverpool and you are one on one with Simon Mignolet (…) then you’d better do this rather than score you tit!
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