I wasn't feeling very happy as I edged my car towards the exit of the Stanley Park car park after the Sunderland home game.
Then I spotted something which cheered me up. On the back of the car in front was a Liver Bird, in Royal Blue. Below it was the legend "The Bird is Blue."
I'm guessing this has been discussed on TW in the past, but isn't it time we reclaimed our share of the Liver Bird? The symbol of our city has been hijacked by the Dark Side. Many people, even some Scousers, will think that the bird is the symbol of the RS.
I've got a Liverpool Echo T-shirt commemorating our wonderful 1985 season. There's a blue Liver Bird (in this case used as a symbol of the newspaper) on the front of it and I've never given it a second thought – it looks great.
It's time to end this red monopoly of the city of Liverpool's symbol. Let's start using the image on Everton merchandise. The RS will hate it!
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1 Posted 18/05/2015 at 23:38:28
I personally like the idea of reclaiming it, not least because of our historical claim to it as the first club in the city and the fact that our first championship medals had the liver bird on them.
2 Posted 18/05/2015 at 23:52:59
3 Posted 19/05/2015 at 00:42:00
4 Posted 19/05/2015 at 04:40:00
5 Posted 19/05/2015 at 05:39:21
ItÂs amazing how many of them really donÂt know their history... it is like football for them began in the Shankly years. Even if, as we know, from a league perspective the dawn of Sky seemed to be the end of their era.
Best quip I ever heard at a derby: "Fuck off, we were winning championships at Anfield before you lot even existed". And it shut the mouthy RS up.
6 Posted 19/05/2015 at 05:56:11
7 Posted 19/05/2015 at 08:30:08
8 Posted 19/05/2015 at 08:32:42
9 Posted 19/05/2015 at 08:40:03
10 Posted 19/05/2015 at 09:03:35
11 Posted 19/05/2015 at 12:16:56
Unless things were to change as in my Cojones Grandes piece, then this unfortunately will have to do.
First club with a triple-decker stand donÂt you know...
12 Posted 19/05/2015 at 12:41:33
13 Posted 19/05/2015 at 16:25:17
15 Posted 19/05/2015 at 21:09:37
16 Posted 19/05/2015 at 21:30:04
17 Posted 19/05/2015 at 22:11:15
18 Posted 20/05/2015 at 03:18:33
I am told that, some years ago, it seems they tried to take the first steps towards having an orange liver bird [which they have on their red kits] registered as a trade mark. Apparently, for a trade mark, you have to show ÂfirstÂ use, and ÂexclusiveÂ use.
I am told, they received a very stiff letter from solicitors acting for Liverpool CRICKET Club, [established 1807] who also use the orange liver bird on their red & white kit; pointing out that LCC had been using the orange bird for about 50 years longer than LFC! The same argument would presumably, ÂstumpÂ EFC. The cricketers are not interested in seeking a trade mark, themselves; but it seems they would be able to stop anyone else doing so.
There has been a deafening silence from Anfield ever since!
19 Posted 20/05/2015 at 15:36:53
I donÂt think itÂs small minded Nick, I get extremely pissed off where that club has tried (quite successfully) to portray themselves as the "City of Liverpool" Club.
Only one part of this clubÂs history but an important one. I wish the club would produce this "Bird" Â– they might at last get a profitable piece of merchandise. Failing that, I hope someone clever, can produce a shirt with "The Bird" on it.
20 Posted 20/05/2015 at 18:15:47
21 Posted 20/05/2015 at 22:02:24
22 Posted 20/05/2015 at 22:08:42
23 Posted 20/05/2015 at 22:35:08
No Terry, there are kno speling misstakes on the Wiki payg
24 Posted 20/05/2015 at 22:54:25
25 Posted 20/05/2015 at 22:59:16
See this Link
26 Posted 20/05/2015 at 23:15:53
I wonder if we could ask Liverpool City Council to create a more Everton friendly emblem which both the city and Everton could use in the future and leave the scavenging bird to where it legally belongs?
27 Posted 20/05/2015 at 23:27:53
28 Posted 21/05/2015 at 09:42:53
29 Posted 21/05/2015 at 12:03:59
I remember now that the gobshites did indeed get copyright on the Liver Bird and one Evertonian lad challenged it but was unsuccessful. I think it was more to do with the emblem being bunged on shirts and being sold that copied the clubÂs official partners design.
ItÂd be interesting to read the judgement, as that feckin concocted construction of theirs looks nothing like the proper Liver Bird.
IÂm still after a silver one anyway and if I can get a blue one... even better. It doesnÂt seem to stop the tourist shop bunging the Liver bird on some of their saleable gear
30 Posted 21/05/2015 at 12:39:50
David 10, it was the fields of Goodson, with Kendall, Harvey and Ball, and Dixie Dean, the greatest of them all!
31 Posted 21/05/2015 at 15:47:52
32 Posted 21/05/2015 at 17:39:01
33 Posted 21/05/2015 at 20:24:53
Told me he had been singing it for years and those horrible red cunts heard him singing it in Ned Kelly and thatÂs how it ended up on the kop.
Those phoney bastards have no shame after all. What did the banner say when we last played them at Wembley. LIVERPOOL FC OUTRAGED AT EVERYTHING, BUT ASHAMED OF NOTHING!!
34 Posted 21/05/2015 at 21:07:25
35 Posted 21/05/2015 at 22:43:00
I did hear ours personally late 80sish but I didn't learn it, it had two verses, I'm fairly certain it started 'By a lonely Bridewell Wall, I heard a young blue calling, Father they are taking you away.....', I don't know any of the rest of that verse or the second. The chorus is a bit more well known '....Where once we won nine Championships, We played it on the Wing we had the likes of Andy King....', so I'm guessing and hoping that's the version you heard and so your bit fits into one of those verses?
It's worth mentioning that that wasn't the first Everton version of it, there was another one that predates it and is based on the Rangers Athenry, so it crossed my if the bit you knew was from that version instead.
36 Posted 11/06/2015 at 08:09:04
Incidentally the RS have just changed their badge What happened to the Shankly gates? These wonderful gates named after a man that was effectively banned from Anfield for the last few years of his life who was to be found at Goodison Park every Matchday.
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