I do not know about others but there are times where I stop and think about how trivial a score of a game is in the grand scheme of things. Yet, as we watch the games, it feels like our livelihood depends on it. Just like the great Shankly once said: “Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I’m very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that”. It definitely feels like that sometimes to all of us though, doesn’t it?
We are constantly reminded of instances though where we can see how the game brings us together and creates a common bond. It shows the power of the game and how it can be used for the good. The love of the game or the club has no boundaries when it comes to age, sex, race, and origin. We just love it and we can celebrate together or at times mourn together. We share the highs and lows with people we really do not know but share a common passion with. Sometimes it is stories like this where a tragedy brings everything to perspective but serves as a reminder that the game is there to be shared and enjoyed.
Today we shared a story on our Instagram and Facebook account to show there are things so much more important than the game and the rivalries within, even big ones like the one between Liverpool and Everton.
We got a huge response to our post including Adam Zand who sent the link below as he was looking for more information on the main story behind the photo. It definitely shows why Liverpool is a special place and why the Merseyside derby is unique. The history of the city and events like Hillsborough within that history has created a special bond amongst rivals.
This is also a reminder that the love of football and LFC should be something that brings us together. I am saddened when I witness occasions where people can take this pure love for the game and turn it into a negative. When you see a story like this being able to bring rivalries together, it is shocking to see fans attacking each other over simple differences of opinion on who should play or how they performed, etc.
Hopefully, stories like this will serve as a reminder to keep everything in perspective and let the game bring people together. Thank you again for the link, Adam. I am also adding another for further reading if all who responded and reacted to our post would like to find out more.