Irish barstool supporters of English football teams can barely contain their excitement today as the Champions League Final is upon us at last.
Pubs nationwide will be packed tonight with people referring to a football team from another country as ‘we’ while getting into arguments with other Irish people who refer to other English teams as ‘we’ even though none of them are from those places and most of them have never been there.
We spoke to some Irish Liverpool fans ahead of tonight’s big game to get a taste of the excitement and giddiness that’s building around the country.
Tony Breslin is a born and bred Dubliner so naturally he supports a football club from the north of England.
“I’m Liverpool through and through.” he told us proudly. “I live for the ‘pool and I never miss a game home or away all season, on the telly obviously, and of course it goes without saying I hate Man United.”
Of course if Hartlepool and Scunthorpe were the biggest clubs in England, Tony and half of Ireland would be massive Hartlepool fans and hate Scunthorpe United.
36 year-old Thomas Delaney from Tullamore is a married father of 3 who sees nothing sad about having the Liverpool crest as his profile picture on social media.
“It’s who I am.” he told us. “Nothing matters more to me than Klopp and the boys so it’s only right that’s what people should see when they visit my page. Don’t get me wrong, I like the wife and kids too but their achievements hardly compare now do they? Come and see me when you’ve won six European Cups love. Maybe then we can talk about including photos of you on my Facebook page.”
Thomas also claims to be Liverpool’s number one fan.
“Nobody can tell me there’s a bigger Liverpool fan than me anywhere in the world. Hail, rain or shine, I don’t care. The weather never stops me. If Liverpool are playing I’m there. Watching it in the pub.”
18 year-old Martin Connolly is a member of Galway’s Liverpool Supporters Club and has been supporting his beloved reds for well over two seasons now having previously supported his beloved Manchester City. We asked Martin if he considered switching back when City won the Premier League last week.
“Of course not.”he snapped. “I couldn’t do that. I’d just bought the new Liverpool jersey and it was 90 fecking quid.”
Meanwhile FAI officials have said security procedures at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin are to be reviewed after it was announced Liverpool will play a pre-season friendly there this summer. The last time Liverpool played at the Aviva there was major crowd congestion and kick-off had to be delayed for over an hour as more than 50,000 Irish Liverpool supporters tried to get their barstools through the turnstiles.