WHAT we call history, nineteen eighty one, nineteen eighty two.
The world was a very different place. Liverpool was being discussed in the terms of managed decline in cabinet, the polices of monetarism were hitting the country hard and Liverpool were European Champions.
And yet…Liverpool were a team in transition, possibly even decline. Bob Paisley’s men had won the European Cup in 1981 but had only finished fifth in 80/81. They were short of goals, pace, purpose and energy. Paisley had some huge decisions to make.
John Mackin and Rob Gutmann join Neil Atkinson and Mike Nevin to discuss the season – it isn’t the usual game by game analysis of these history shows. Instead there is talk of albums as a device for memory, who was were when and how, what did it feel like 35 years ago. It’s about the context.
The past is a different country – we have three fantastic guides.
Really looking forward to listening to this one. That was my first season having a season ticket and I still sit in the same seat now. I went to every game home and away that season so will bring back plenty of memories hopefully. If it’s as good as previous history shows it will be well worth the listen.
Great show, but what of 2-Tone? The defining soundrack of 1981 and what of Scary Monsters, the best album of 1981? I’ll say nothing of Tom O’Conn………..:-)
David Johnson was better than you remember btw.
Interesting to note that United were unbeaten at Anfield in the league from Boxing Day 1979 up to the 3rd of September 1989. In that period Liverpool won 6 league titles, 1 FA Cup, 4 League Cups and 2 European Cups.