On This Day 10th April

On This Day 10th April

Yes we all know that this particular date of 10th April will hopefully be looked upon with fond memories. No doubt you will see so many articles and posts today about the upcoming blockbuster against Manchester City later tonight. Maybe the nerves are getting too much for some and a bit of a distraction would be welcome. In that case, what else happened on this day 10th April? I have trawled the archives and come up with this snippet from 1936. Who’d have thought this?

On This Day 10th April

On This Day 10th April
On This Day 10th April 1936

I’m sure there are many Liverpool fans who would never associate Matt Busby with Liverpool. Well, associated he most certainly was. On this day 10th April 1936, Matt Busby scored his first goal for Liverpool. He netted in a 2-2 draw with Blackburn Rovers, just a month after signing from Manchester City.

Busby cost Liverpool a cool £8,000 – a lot of money in those days. Our new Scottish half back (anyone else old enough to remember that position description?), appeared seven times for Scotland during the war. Against Blackburn on this day 10th April 1936, Busby scored Liverpool’s first goal two minutes after the interval. Fred Howe netted the other.

Busby made his debut for Liverpool in a 1-o defeat away against Huddersfield Town on 14th March 1936. He went on to make a further 121 appearances for Liverpool, scoring three goals in total.

Whatever Happened To Matt Busby?

Of course I ask that with tongue firmly in cheek. Isn’t it ironic that the man who made Manchester United a world force in years to come actually plied his trade for United’s biggest rivals, us and Manchester City – without ever playing for Manchester United at all. In fact he actually captained Liverpool and played in two Cup Finals for Manchester City. After his playing career was interrupted by the second World War, Busby was offered the position of assistant coach at Liverpool. He really wanted control of the first team but Liverpool didn’t budge. As a result he went to Manchester United to become their manager. And the rest, as they say, is history. Rightly acclaimed as one of the greatest manager’s ever, Busby went on to win a total of 13 trophies in 25 years. And he was of course, manager at the time of the Munich air disaster.

It’s a shame in many ways that there is such a hostile relationship between the clubs nowadays when it is abundantly clear that there was a strong bond between the clubs back in those days. In particular, there was a strong bond between Busby and Bill Shankly.

What Of Today?

Hopefully this little snippet has provided a bit of distraction to the events ahead of us later today. Let’s all hope that we can be writing about an epic, victorious event on this day 10th April 2018. We are of course in a strong position but let’s not lose sight of the fact that we are heading forward in a big way, whatever the result tonight. In Jurgen We Trust!! Best of luck Liverpool tonight. COYR, YNWA, JFT96!!!

 

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