Lovers Lane – Thomas Keates

GOODISON PARK November 23, 1912. Evening Express Liverpool. Memories of Everton's Ground. Famous Crickters' Visit. By the Old ‘Un, “Goodison Park eh –a funny park,” said my cousin Bill. He was down from “Brum” for the day, a cheap tripper. He came to see the “Villa” bury “Everton,” but as it fell upon the day the “Villa” were laid low, he attended the funeral. Some people who attend funerals find it difficult to maintain the grave demenou; and mute solemnity appropriate to the sad occasions. Bill had no difficulty. He was genuinely downhearted. His before-the-match gaiety was badly eclipsed by his after-the-match mortification. He hadn't a laugh left in him. When a fellow's team's beaten before his eyes, life's scarcely worth living, is it? Especially when you've come a long way to see the smash-up. We may take the reverses of the team we shout for, and swear by, too sadly, and excite the sneers of the cynic, who has never had the football...
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