December 10, 1977
Oh brother! Which side do you shout for when two of your footballing sons appears in opposing sides, in an important Liverpool mini derby match?
That’s the situation facing Mrs. Margaret Lodge, of Bremhill Road, Norris Green, when she goes to watch the FA Youth Cup second round tie between Liverpool and Everton, at Anfield on December 21.
Her eldest son, Robert, 18, will be playing at left back for the Reds, while middle son Paul, 16, ill be battling in midfield for the Blues.
Still, Everton apprentice Paul solves the problem by saying: “Mum is made up for both of us and she won’t be cheering either of us. She is just hoping we both play as well as we can, whoever wins.”
“The main thing is that we do our best on the pitch. I want Robert to do well, whoever wins. I’d hate for him to have a stinker. And I just hope I do okay, as well.”
Both brothers are looking forward to the match immensely. But there is no problem about divided loyalties. “We never have any squabbles,” said Paul. “We talk freely about football. We want both clubs to do well.”
The boys, who have two sisters and a younger brother, grew up as Liverpudlians, in the family tradition.
But when Paul was picked up by Everton after playing for Liverpool Schoolboys, and signed as an apprentice last July, that was an end to their one-sided allegiance.
Robert, who works as an apprentice plasterer, had trials with Liverpool, and signed amateur forms with the club three months after Paul joined the Blues. Like his brother, Robert played for St. Teresa’s School team and hoped ti sign on as a professional at the end of the season. At the moment he also plays for Celt in the Liverpool Sunday League.
Said Paul: “My favourite players are Mick Buckley, Andy King and Martin Dobson. I study their play and learn a lot from them. I love the midfield, because you are always involved in everything.”
“We’re both really looking forward to our derby match,” he said. “And we’ve agreed, we won’t row over the result! We both want to do well, whoever wins.”
(Source: Liverpool Echo: December 10, 1977; via http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited