clemandhat We’ve only played Real Madrid competitively once and we have a 100 per cent record.

The 1-0 win in Paris in the European Cup final of 1981 saw us lift ol’ big ears for the third time and hopefully we can maintain our winning ‘run’ against the Spanish giants in both legs of this season’s Champions League last 16 tie.

museumIn terms of the museum, the most important item that we have relating to that game in ’81 is the actual shirt worn by Ray Clemence.

It’s exactly how I think a goalkeeper’s shirt should look! It’s green, it’s got a number one on the back and has the liverbird with European Cup final, Paris 1981 written on it. It’s simple and it looks the part.

It’s an amazing thing to have here. I had an opportunity to meet Ray ahead of a game back in 1997. I introduced myself and asked him if he had anything at all that we could use in the museum. He said he did and five days later a package arrived in the post.811

It was very generous of him and we are so grateful that he allowed us to put it up on show for supporters to enjoy.

museumWe also have the official match day programme, a souvenir pennant from the day and a daft red and white hat that seemed to be something of a trend in the early 1980s.

But I suppose most importantly of all we have a replica trophy on show that commemorates our triumph. When you put it together with the other four we’ve won, then it makes for some pretty impressive viewing.

It helps us to relive the memories of the last time we played Real Madrid. We’ve been involved in two pre-season friendlies with them since then – losing both at the Bernabeu – but when it comes to competitive action, I’m happy to say that, the now five times winners had the edge over the now nine times winners.



~ by awbroady on February 24, 2009.

One Response to “CLEM’S SHIRT: THE TRIUMPH OF ’81”

  1. The new blog looks great, like the professional look – and loving the fact that it finally has comments!

    Even though I’m not exactly big on football I like hearing about it now and again and the memorabilia in this post looks quite cool


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