I remember it so well despite being 10 years old but also for a day that ? if I had been a few years older ? could well have been an even greater day in my life. On the morning of 14 May 1966 I had been doing some extra school maths work (not my decision) with my aunt but my concentration was nil as I literally counted the minutes away to when I could get back home for the BBC showing of the Cup Final.
I can still feel the dissapointment as we were 0-2 down but then the fight back commenced and, when Temple hit the winner, I recall my father ? in an absolutely rare showing of emotion ? leaping around the darkened living room (didn?t everyone always watch the Cup Final in a strictly curtains closed room - I still do!!) like a man possessed.
I do clearly remember Jimmy Gabriel keeping the ball in the corner flag position despite the attentions of a couple of Wednesday players in order to count down the clock and winning a throw in with arms aloft and a beaming smile to say "we?re nearly there".
Unknown to me, whilst I was bored doing my sums earlier that morning, some other similar aged Everton fans were enacting their version of the Cup Final on some waste ground on Dublin Street, near the Dock Road, when a curious Bob Dylan came across them and had some photos taken... That night, one of rocks greatest tours played at the Odeon and If I had been a few years older I may well have been there... and what a 24 hours that could have been ? except I was oblivious to the evenings events at that time.
Years later, I made a short BBC film about the Dylan event and insisted that reference to the day included Everton?s Wembley triumph. The producer wanted to also include some footage of Liverpool winning the league in order to show what a great May it was for Merseyside. I fought strongly ? and won ? not to have any reference to Liverpool FC in the film and managed to have some Everton footage in the completed film. Indeed, when I went to Woodstock to interview the photographer of the Dylan pictures, I had to explain to a bemused American what the FA Cup Final was all about for me that day! He even went on to mention our win in a revised book of his photos of the 1966 tour:
Somebody once promised me ? but failed to produce ? photos of Dylan taken later that evening outside the Adelphi with a bunch of returning from Wembley fans with their Everton banners etc..
So that day will always be with me for various reasons. I saw Bob 3 weeks ago and hope that history will repeat itself ? not quite to the same day ? next week.
DO IT BLUES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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1 Posted 23/05/2009 at 18:42:54
Urchins from ?over the bridge? and Dylan! I think he was back in Liverpool last week wasn?t he? Pity the moment wasn?t recreated.
2 Posted 23/05/2009 at 18:23:29
I was born a few hundred yards from Dublin Street, in a little terrace off Beacon St. The vast majority of people who lived there are of Irish descent. Incidentally, I am still in touch with a lot of people from those days, and indeed we still watch our beloved blues and have a drink on Walton Road after the match.
There is one story about one of the families who lived in one of the little houses off Dublin Street. They were rehoused in Norris Green. The horse and cart arrived outside their house whereby they duly loaded their modest belongings to start a new life in pastures new. The Corpy men then came and boarded up the house.
The family lasted 2 weeks in Norris Green, returned back and tore down the corrugated sheets, and resumed their life back in the old neighbourhood. They eventually got rehoused 10 years later in Gerard Gardens in the city centre.
3 Posted 23/05/2009 at 18:42:22
Dylan nearly caused a riot when he showcased a song we hadn’t heard before: ’It’s All Over Now Baby Blue’. Each time the chorus came round "Look out the Saints are coming through and it’s all over now baby blue" the crowd noise rose to a crescendo, with Dylan clearly confused by the reaction [he had no band in that concert].
Happy Memories of 1966! Can hardly wait for next week! COYB!
4 Posted 23/05/2009 at 21:04:37
Guess you still play the old guitar, Chris? Somehow, I’ve never found the time to learn properly.
Paulo Turner Lima (now living in Gloucester).
Sorry folks, back on topic now - COYB!!
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11 Posted 24/05/2009 at 10:35:19
We all had mucky faces and ganzy coats, these days it?s all Lowe Alpine hats and North Face jackets.
Excellent FA Cup link, happy birthday, Bob.
12 Posted 24/05/2009 at 13:20:55
Gambate Everton! As they would say in Japan.
13 Posted 24/05/2009 at 14:45:16
Absolutley wonderful to hear from you old friend. I dont remember you were a Blue - more remember you lusting over Roxy Music album covers !!!! I live in Waterloo and would love to catch up with you if you ever back up north again. I do re,memeber the Paulo Turner Lima link!! Take care and thanks for your comments.
14 Posted 24/05/2009 at 14:25:36
I was down in London but couldn’t get a ticket, (11 years old). Me dad and uncles were there, and I watched it with me uncle Dennis Evans (ex Arsenal captain in the 50’s), and me cousins John and Steve. That was in an Arsenal house in Southgate, North London. We were all from Old Swan, but John and Steve are born and bred cockneys. At 2-0 I couldn’t watch anymore, but at 2-2 Uncle Den dragged me down the stairs. I remember me dad coming back with one of those plastic boater hats battered to bits. Brilliant. Message for Paul Turner, I live in Gloucester now, and still go to the game, will be at Wembley tomorrow.
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17 Posted 26/05/2009 at 10:51:00
Dylan's version of Johnny Todd (Z-Cars )
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19 Posted 27/05/2009 at 23:25:43
Only surprise is that Dublin Street is still standing as it looked like it was set to go the way of many Liverpool streets around that time.
20 Posted 29/05/2009 at 13:47:10
Come on you Blues!
?I Believe in You?