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    Smile Rafa goes to the pub

    If Rafael Benitez was in any doubt about just how much the Liverpool supporters loved him, the answer was spelled out to the Spanish boss on Tuesday night.

    Benitez, in Cologne for Wednesday night's game against Bayer Leverkusen, was spotted in the team's Hyatt Hotel by a group of fans who had travelled over from Liverpool earlier in the day.

    The Liverpool boss was promptly invited down to the pub for a drink to watch Tuesday night's Champions League games involving Manchester United and Chelsea and guess what? He said yes!

    Inside Jameson's Irish Bar in Cologne word began to spread that Rafael Benitez was outside the pub. Inside place was heaving with Liverpool fans and a sprinkling of German-based Chelsea and Manchester United supporters. Getting to the bar was proving harder than keeping clean sheet on any away trip this season but still the rumours that Liverpool manager was outside the pub continued.

    Then, he walked in.

    "It was like Jesus walking into a room!" claimed Alan Baynes, a school inspector from Kirkby who was inside the pub. "The place went absolutely mental. Rafa walked in a with a couple of fellas and as soon as he set foot in the place, Hernan Crespo headed the ball past Tim Howard and Manchester United were effectively out of the Champions League, What a moment! United as good as out and Rafa's in the same pub! It was Shankly-esque!"

    As Benitez stood there, looking at what must have been 500 Liverpool fans going mad, a chant from the back started up.

    It went something like this: 'The famous Rafa Benitez went the pub to see the lads and this is what he said, Who the **** are Man United? Who the **** are Man United? Who the **** are Man United when the Reds go marching on!'

    The Liverpool manager looked on in awe as he saw for the first time just how passionate his team's supporters actually are.

    "He looked absolutely amazed at what he was seeing,"claimed Chris Brannan, a supporter from Tuebrook who had followed the Reds since they were in the second division. "He wasn't drinking like the rest of us but then he didn't need to. Imagine for a minute you're Rafael Benitez. You're a Spanish manager who doesn't know exactly what the Liverpool fans are about and there you are, walking into a pub in Germany on the back of two big defeats and suddenly you've got 500 proper lads singing your name. It was like something from Palestine. He means that much to us! Everyone, and I mean everyone, goy out a mobile phone and tried to take his picture as he stood there with us ? the normal Liverpool fans ? watching the Chelsea and United games on the TV.

    "People talk all this rubbish about Everton being the People's Club but we've always know that was just words said to appease the Everton fans. Could you imagine Moyes, or any other manager in the world for that matter, going to the pub with the fans? No chance.


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    Default Re: Rafa goes to the pub

    what a guy!

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    Default Re: Rafa goes to the pub

    Just hope it's not a fake. As it looks genuine, I just have to bow to such a manager - moreover fans will love him even more as one of them guys.

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    Default Re: Rafa goes to the pub

    I opened this thread thinking it was going to be about Rafalek ! I think I need to get out more. :o

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    Default Re: Rafa goes to the pub

    looks suspiciously like a double ...hmmm

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    Default Re: Rafa goes to the pub

    @ DBDF -

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    Default Re: Rafa goes to the pub

    BTW, what's the source, punter66?

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    Default Re: Rafa goes to the pub

    The official Liverpool website Tulenos.. www.liverpoolfc.tv

    Can't see it not being genuine.

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    Default Re: Rafa goes to the pub

    Rafa's a top bloke


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    In defence of Moyes though, I think I remember something similar to this that he did, not sure what though, just got this nagging thing in my mind........dont think it was a pub, but something similar.
    Top work though by Benitez, if it is true, legends are told about nights like that & I suppose he certainly knows about the passion of the fans now, if he didnt before. It just proves the difference of being away rather than at home, everybody really has to make the effort for away games, certainly abroad, & not knocking home attenders, but the commitment is really away, the vast majority of my favourite moments following Villa have been away from home. What I mean is, the chances would be probably below zero of getting a manager to walk into a fans boozer in your home city, it just wouldnt happen....
    Alas I was but 10 in the great year of 1982 & couldnt go to the temporary mecca of Rotterdam, the 26th May it was, Tony Morley beat his man once all night (all that was needed!) & put it across, around 8:54pm I think, Peter Withe (scouser, should fit in here) cleverly realised Schumacher was expecting a direct shot so suckered him by playing a deliberate cannon off his shin, via the far post, bouncing back along the line & in.......8:54 & 36 seconds......orgasmical!! We didnt want to score a direct, normal goal cos once it was in we had to kill as many seconds as possible, & that half-second was priceless!!
    Treading on toes here 'aint I........TAXI!!
    PS Top work Liverpool!!
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    Default Re: Rafa goes to the pub

    ....and fergie goes home.


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    They failed to mention when he left his watch wallet and car had gone

    Seriously though If he did fair play to the bloke
    Last edited by tipstar; 10-03-2005 at 21:28.

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    Highest Odds at Marathonbet
    Funny how everybody who replies to this says stuff like "if he did" or "if its true".......
    tsk, tsk, what they trying to say, Punter
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