Nobody would have believe that there are so many Liverpool fans living in and around Bury St Edmunds, you really had to be there as Liverpool legends John Barnes, Jan Molby and Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock entertained a packed Apex Theatre in Bury St Edmunds last night, sharing their experiences and insights of playing for “The Poool”. Interviewed on stage by Sports Journalist and Author Ian Ridley and taking us back on a nostalgic journey to the early 80’s and bringing us back up to date with their own views of the future of the great club under Jürgen Klopp
There were many highlights of the evening which warm up man, Scouse comedian, Jed Stone made us laugh with some typical Liverpudlian humour and made us cry as the audience sang “You’ll Never Walk Alone”.
On to the stage came the now rather larger than life Razor Ruddock the tough Liverpool defender followed by the well-loved “Great Dane” Jan Molby but the biggest cheer was for John Barnes.
John Barnes was asked, “What did he think about the disaster of Kiev on Saturday when Liverpool lost to Real Madrid and the goal keeper made two howlers?” John replied in what was a trade mark reply during the evening, short informed and cool “That’s football” he said, “Let’s move on”.
They talked about the great players they had played with Rush, Fowler, Aldridge, Beardsley etc. The managers Dalglish, Souness, Evans, Houllier but always referring back to Shankly.
Razor emphasised, in the way only he can, his disappointment in not being picked to play in the 1995 Cup Final against Manchester United when Manager Roy Evans rested him for Phil Babb,
Jan Molby recalled how he had left the Dutch giants Ajax to join the Anfield team and spent 12 great years at the club scoring 45 out of 48 penalties. He was renowned as one of the greatest passers of the ball.
Jed Stone conducted an auction for some great Liverpool memorabilia and raffle for prizes to go back stage and meet the ex-players.
For most, only my opinion on this one, the highlight was the finale in which Razor Ruddock had to leave the stage to visit the gents leaving John Barnes to bring the house down with his World Cup Rap “World in Motion”.
A really great night out at the Apex.