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Happy Birthday Digger!

Discussion in 'The Football Forum' started by LeTallecWiz, Nov 7, 2018.

  1. LeTallecWiz

    LeTallecWiz Mo(ssa)d Administrator

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    What a player.  Still one of the best I've ever seen in a Liverpool shirt.
     
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    jimmy Very Active Member

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    He was a true great indeed.
    At his prime he was a joy to watch, and having him and Peter Beardsley playing for us together was a probably one of the greatest partnerships we've had.
     
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    Barba Roja Plundering since 2005... Member

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    Yep - He was fucking awesome. He was the star of the show at the 5-1 muling of Sheffield Wednesday at Anfield back in '89. My match day debut (the match before Hillsborough of course) A very cool guy and immense. He always seemed injured at the end of his playing days but in 'Digger' back in the day would smoke anyone. I remember some twat from the away stand (QPR maybe) throwing a fucking banana at the poor guy. He picked it up and hurled it right back at the cunt and hit him square on the nose. The entire Main Stand laughed their balls off and the guy got ejected. I feared for the guy that got hurled out because he was hunted down and was followed by some reds that sat a few rows behind me and followed him and the stewards out and probably smashed his stupid racist face in. Happy days :)
     
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    He was just glorious, twice over, first as that brilliantly fast attacker, and then as the precise orchestrator and passer from midfield. There are often edits in myths, and the one with Digger was the fact that, until he got his bad achillies injuries, he was actively looking to move abroad just as much as Suarez and Coutinho were. It didn't happen with him, thanks to his loss of pace, so he stayed, and he's loved, while they aren't so much, and didn't win much if at all, but beyond that - he's a legend.
     
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    My all time favourite Liverpool player, legend
     
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    Modo A contentious scando Member

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    I really hope whoever gave him the nickname "digger" only had good intentions.
     
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    It was after Digger Barnes a character in Dallas
     
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    gkmacca Part of the Furniture Member

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    Digger Barnes from Dallas, Modo my dear.
     
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    ... but here was the dodgy "Tarmac" nickname, that I only heard in legend rather than reality
     
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    gkmacca Part of the Furniture Member

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    That surely just means 'Thank You' in Scouse?
     
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    Athens Greatest Bloke Ever [Citation Needed] Member

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    One night when I was a kid we were watching A Question of Sport and it came to the mystery personality round. I shouted out "John Barnes!" only to be disappointed when my brother pointed out that John Barnes is a black dude, and clearly not the white dude who was driving a digger at the time. Perhaps I got confused by the digger?
     
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    Haha - actually my first exposure to scouse was when Ian McCulloch said something along those lines when I queued to get his autograph, as s spotty 15 year old, after a 1981 Bunnymen gig in Oxford, I had to ask an exiled scouse friend what he meant :)

    Anyway, the legend I heard was some people referred to him as tarmac as he was the black Heighway …
     
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    Yeah I read that. Still, could mind as well been some tongue in cheek thing, hence my question.
    Howard Gayle wasn't a fan of it either.
     
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    Howard Gayle was offended by just about anything. Obviously, given his background and that era, it's understandable to a great extent, but his autobiography is so full of dubious inferences, as well as justified ones, that it gets a bit, well, much. He even took umbrage when people pointed out that Phil Thompson has a big nose.
     
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    Modo A contentious scando Member

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    Seemed a bit sensitive but I can definitely understand where it came from.
     
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    Athens Greatest Bloke Ever [Citation Needed] Member

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    Because you've got a massive snozzle?
     
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    manwithnoname Bravo old man. Bravo. Member

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    Oh my Christ
     
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    Modo A contentious scando Member

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    Blaspheme all you want. Someone calls a black player "Digger" during banana throwing days, I'd be well in my rights to ask questions.
    Maybe it was completely innocent but yeah someone saying "hey digger fetch me that water bottle, will ya". Doesn't sound right to me.
     

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