Jason McAteer’s wife Lucy’s arms after the attack, which ocurred following Saturday’s Champions League final in Paris, France
Ray D’Arcy show on RTÉ Radio One,
Grainne MacNeill writes:
‘On today’s show, Ray spoke to Jason McAteer about his experience at The Champions League Final in Paris for the Liverpool V Real Madrid match with his wife Lucy and his son Harry (22). Jason’s family were subjected to a violent attack.
After the game, it really got serious for Lucy and Harry. They were both on the outer perimeter of the grounds and ‘5 men came from behind Lucy, one of them rips her top open… they grab her arms’… ‘Lucy’s watch had been stolen’. His son Harry was also subjected to an attack from the same 5 men. Jason also added ‘I’ve had friends who were attacked on the metro’.
Anfield Talk, a popular Liverpool FC website, published a well argued and very reasonable article by journalist Ester (@klopptimistic) on the depressing lack of ambition shown by American-based owners Fenway Sports Group towards the club during the summer transfer window just closed. The result was a barrage of online personal abuse from FSG fanboys (also known as “top reds”) which forced the young journalist to take her twitter account private.
On a dull Wednesday evening in the middle of January 2018 in Cork City, only one person could have forseen what was going to happen to Liverpool FC.
Coming from a hard days shoot of a video for a song about his beloved ‘Pana’ (known to outsiders as Patrick Street) to the beautiful melody of Tracy Chapmans ‘Fast Car’, local boy done good was a bit forlorn with the news he had just heard on the radio.
His team had sold arguably the best player in the whole city of Liverpool, and maybe even Cork. Brazilian Coutinho journeyed on to Barcelona for a sum in the region of £142 million.
Always the eternal optimist, our hero retreated to his bedroom and recorded a little ditty called ‘Salah‘. The rest as they say is history.
A viral sensation that currently has over 150 million views online.
An anthem that would have ‘The Kop’ singing it just four days after he uploaded it . While he stood proudly smiling in the middle of them all. Dreams do not come any better than this.
Amazingly that given Sunday in January 2018 all his heroes mentioned in his song ‘Salah’ scored to beat Manchester City, in what was billed as the title match.
After a lacklustre first half that ended 1-1 , ‘The Kop’ came alive and started singing Kevin Murphys ‘Salah’.
In the next nine minutes something special happened. One after the other, Firmino, then Mane and finally Salah hit the back of the net. 4-1 up and the game all but over, everyone on Merseyside was asking CoutinWHO?
That day Klopp knew he had three of the best strikers in the world to build a world class team around. Thanks to the foresight of a humble Liverpool FC supporter from the banks of the Lee. KM somehow was able to get into the mind of one the greatest tactician and strategist in the beautiful game
Kevin Murphy would go onto be treated like royalty every time he passed by or walked through Shankley’s Gates.
He travelled to the last two Champions league finals, met his heroes, performed to thousands of his fellow followers, released ‘Salah’ as a charity single, and had loads more madcap adventures with The Red Army. He is sure to have many more.
Richy Sheehy aka Kevin Murphy aka Corks Biggest Liverpool Fan, fair play to ya boy. Milk it! as they say.
We contacted Liverpool FC with our Christmas song, Christmas In Liverpool, and they love it. They played it at Anfield [Liverpool Ground] on Saturday and plan playing it over the Christmas games. The Liverpool Echo have picked up the story and are looking to do more with it: Also, it looks like BT Sport are picking up the tune for their Christmas schedule. I am a life-long Liverpool fan. Can you imagine? I only ever wanted to play for Liverpool above anything else in life. Hearing our song at Anfield is the nearest I will ever get. I feel like an 8-year-old again. YouTube hits are growing so it seems like we’ve tuned into something.
Liverpool FC stadium announcer George Sephton writes:
“It’s a beautiful piece of music. I will be playing it again at each game before Xmas and then AGAIN before Xmas 2015 and for as many Christmases as I have left at Anfield….”