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September 11, 2014
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Stephen Graham and ‘One Night in Istanbul’

ANFIELD ROAD has been asked to publish the following statement from Emile Coleman, one of the producers of the original theatre production of ‘One Night in Istanbul’.

It has been brought to my attention that Kirkby-born Hollywood actor Stephen Graham was invited to and attended the premier of the movie version of ‘One Night in Istanbul’ in Liverpool last night, despite his well-known and repeated association with the Sun newspaper.

People are only too well aware that the Sun newspaper has been the subject of a long standing, spontaneous and growing boycott for its coverage of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, including front page headlines it admitted decades later were completely untrue. That coverage led to increased suffering for families of the victims and for survivors, suffering I have seen at first hand, and explains why such a boycott has been sustained in such numbers for over 25 years.

Stephen Graham, despite being from the area and undoubtedly aware not only of that boycott, but also the reasons behind it, has allowed himself on more than one occasion to be associated with that newspaper. He will be well aware of the depth of feeling against that publication and is in a better position than most to not only support the boycott, but to publicise and strengthen it. That he chooses to use it for its undoubted ability to promote celebrities to an audience unaware or unconcerned about its history of wrongdoing is of course his choice, but that’s a choice that has led to him being seen in much the same light as that newspaper by those who support the long-standing and ongoing fight for justice for the 96 victims and countless survivors of Hillsborough.

As one of the producers of the highly acclaimed and successful theatre production of ‘One Night in Istanbul’ I wish to make it clear that I, as a co-owner of the original production company, am in no way connected to the movie version that premiered last night. Had I been involved there is absolutely no way that the insensitive decision to invite a celebrity synonymous with the Sun would have even been considered, let alone taken, regardless of how much extra publicity it might bring to the venture.

I find it highly disappointing that those involved in organising last night’s event felt comfortable about compromising the hard work of so many campaigners over such a long period of time, but more importantly felt comfortable about taking an action they knew would cause great hurt to people they should be supporting.

Emile Coleman

September 5, 2014
by Jim Boardman
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COMPETITION: SEE LFC LEGENDS IN LONDON

A trio of Liverpool FC legends are getting together next week for a night of “cheers, jeers and beers” in London – and Anfield Road has got 10 pairs of tickets to give away.

LFC Legends in LondonJohn Barnes, Didi Hamann and John Aldridge have plenty of stories to tell about their playing days at Anfield and will have time to get through a fair number of them, many of which you might not have heard before, at the Islington Academy on Thursday of next week, 11th September.

If there’s something you think they’ve missed out there’s a chance to quiz the three of them on it in a Q&A session as part of the evening.

To win a pair of standard tickets – worth £25 each – just answer the following difficult question:

What trophy did Didi Hamman win on May 25th 2005?
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September 2, 2014
by Jim Boardman
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#LFC legends unveil Shankly artwork in Scotland

ON what would have been Bill Shankly’s 101st birthday, Liverpool FC legends Alan Kennedy and Roy Evans were at an event in Scotland to unveil a new piece of artwork produced in his honour.

The unveiling event took place at Muirkirk Heritage Park, near Shankly’s birth place of Glenbuck. The artwork was commissioned by East Ayrshire Council and produced by artist John Crosby who worked in conjunction with pupils from years 6 and 7 at Muirkirk Primary School and is described as “a vitreous enamel ‘flag’ mounted on a steel frame, comprising of over 100 steel sheet panels with a seat attached, containing a narrative, in images and text, to celebrate the life and achievements of Bill Shankly.”
Roy and Alan with the Shankly artwork
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August 15, 2014
by Jim Boardman
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PODCAST: Reds legends look ahead to Official Story of LFC

LIVERPOOL’S waterfront entertainment venue, The Echo Arena, plays host to a popular play based on the life of the city’s favourite club (in our opinion), Liverpool FC, at the end of the month.

The three-night stay will be the final time the production is shown in Liverpool in its current form. It moves onto Belfast next, with writer Nicky Allt hoping to see it performed down under at some point after that.

Anfield Road were invited along to speak to Nicky, a couple of cast members and two of the legends that have helped The Reds write all of that rich history. Continue Reading →

August 7, 2014
by Anfield Road
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COMPETITION: Win tickets to the Official Story of #LFC

‘THE Official Story of Liverpool FC’, the smash hit stage show, returns to the city at the end of the month with a three-night special run of shows at EchoTwo, Echo Arena and we’ve teamed up with the show and LFC to give two lucky readers the chance of winning a pair of tickets each to the opening night.

Official Story of Liverpool FC
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August 4, 2014
by Jim Boardman
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Sturridge and Ibe in “hip-hop battle”

International Champions CupBRENDAN RODGERS and his Liverpool side are out in the States as part of their pre-season preparations and, of course, to ‘build the brand’. Away from all the marketing speak it’s an opportunity for the club’s legion of fans based across the pond to see their heroes in person, something fans back home in England maybe take a touch for granted.

As always the club will look to involve its stars in local culture in some way and in New York last week that entailed getting a couple of players to take up a challenge relating to hip-hop.

Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Ibe were the pair selected for this task and LFCTV caught it all on camera, as seen below.

If you haven’t got time to watch the whole quiz yet there’s also a shorter clip featuring Sturridge performing a Drake song:

Tonight the Reds take on their old rivals from down the East Lancs, Manchester United, in the final of the tournament they have been competing in whilst over in the US. The Guinness International Champions Cup (not to be confused with the UEFA Champions League, which of course Manchester United aren’t involved in this season) comes to an end with the two North West England giants taking each other on in Miami. Kick-off is 8pm local time, 1am Tuesday morning UK time.

August 1, 2014
by Anfield Road
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What does the 2014/2015 season hold for Liverpool?

THE Anfield faithful have always held a strong belief that their team will once again compete for major honours following a relatively barren spell from the Champions League triumph in 2005. Their dreams and aspirations may now be met by Liverpool’s resurgence as a major Premier League contender following a wonderful 2013/2014 campaign where they came so close to lifting the title. Lessons were learnt from the manner in which Liverpool threw away a wonderful opportunity to win their first league title since 1990, but it should take nothing away from the excellent job Brendan Rodgers has done to make the club competitive again.

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