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Saturday 18 November 2017

Garreth Murphy: ‘Like all football supporters, I enjoy banter but United fans’ Gerrard stunt at Aviva was ridiculous’

The banner that was flown over the Aviva Stadium this evening Photo: Twitter.
The banner that was flown over the Aviva Stadium this evening Photo: Twitter.
Fabio Borini, Liverpool XI, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal
Liverpool supporters in full voice before the game
Stephen McPhail, Shamrock Rovers, in action against Iago Aspas
Liverpool XI players celebrate after Iago Aspas, 9, scored the opening goal.
Fabio Borini, Liverpool XI, with a diving header that went just wide in the first half

ONE of the best things about being a football fan is the banter between rival sets of fans.

Spend any time watching the Premiership and at least one of the chants sung by rival fans will raise a smile.

Of course, like anything, when it gets too derogatory, it’s time to call stop.

But when it’s funny, football supporters' wit can be nothing short of hilarious.

Which is something that the United banner which flew over the Aviva last night was not.

For those who actually missed the ‘stunt’, last night at the Aviva, Liverpool played Shamrock Rovers in an exhibition match.

Some United supporters – who are not in any way affiliated to official supporters groups here – chartered a plane to fly a banner reading: “Giggs 13 Gerrard 0 MUFC 20 Times” in a dig at Liverpool skipper’s Steven Gerrard and his failure to ever win the Premier League title compared to United interim manager and veteran player who has won 13 titles.

Expensive? Probably. Funny? Not really. Slagging off a highly paid professional athlete over a perceived lack of silverware is a pretty dull way to spend a midweek evening at the wrong end of season.

Even more fruitless considering that Gerrard wasn't ’t even in the travelling Liverpool party. 

The worst offence, though? It’s not even a vaguely original idea.

Last Sunday some United supporters pulled exactly the same stunt at Anfield when they chartered a plane with a similarly themed banner to fly over Liverpool’s Anfield proclaiming:  “United 20 Gerrard 0”.

And that wasn’t even the first time they tapped that well. United supporters shelled out €1,000 earlier in the season to fly the banner “Wrong One – Moyes Out” above Old Trafford before he was later sacked.

Not content with mid table respectability and the absence of European football, United supporters have turned their ire on Liverpool and their skipper, berating them for their inability to close out the league title.

Perhaps this insecurity extends back to the days of Alex Ferguson, who famously said that his greatest achievement was “knocking Liverpool off their f**king perch”.

But then again, this is coming from a group of fans who found it difficult to grasp the theory of free market economics when it came to the sale of their precious club to the Glazers.

Let’s hope they don’t miss on the Europa League again next season.

God knows what’d they’d be like then.

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