Banned for the umpteenth time
- Jan 18, 2007
Sorry mate, but half the family back there are jobless and can't get jobs..the area around Anfield is run down and an absolute mess...drugs are everywhere...crime is high...and there really is no re-generation around these area's. A lot of locals remain jobless..I don't know the figures but..it's still pretty bad and life is not so good for many...To be honest Liverpool in the 80s was far shittier than it is today. The Docks closed down as well as most of the factories leading to mass unemployment, huge population decrease (15% homes derelict) as well as a bankrupt council, riots, and yes drugs (most of the UKs drugs came through Liverpool !!) . It was not a great place to raise kids !
Lets not paint it as some rosy picture because it wasn't. Contrast that with today. Walk into Liverpool city centre and it will rival virtually any city centre in the UK, there has been huge investment. Unemployment stands at around 1 or 2%, in contrast to the 10 to 20 % 30 years ago. The city is transforming its self.
To be honest I actually think that's one of the reasons the atmosphere was brilliant. For many people football was their only outlet, their only joy. They lived for the weekend because they had nothing else. They lived and breathed the club and were more passionate come the weekend. Today many who we deem working class are not poor in the same way. Most will have a 42" telly, an xbox, internet and go on holiday to Riga, Lisbon or Prague.
If you truly are poor you could attend to match in the 80s, a season ticket cost less than attending a single game does today. To be a regular match goer today you probably need £150 a month disposable income. To be honest its no wonder the crowd looks like this:
Ignore playing staff, and the average age of people must be 50 to 60. Those with disposable income.
Its not OOT that are the problem, its the shift in demographic of the people who attend the match from Liverpool. We cater for the middle class, those who have no problem leaving early because football is there to entertain them, rather something they are there to support.