Bill Shankly, the famous manager of Liverpool in the 1960’s and early 1970’s, was once quoted as saying the following – “Football is not a matter of life and death, it is much more important than that!” Bill was a no-nonsense sort of guy. He was a tough tackling “Half Back” (probably holding midfielder today), who spent most of his playing career at Preston-North-End.
He was passionate and enthusiastic about the game, which is why he was such a success as manager of Liverpool. No one, except Bill himself, will know if he actually meant what he said. Maybe it was just his way to express his passion for the game.
Showing passion and enthusiasm for something that you are involved with, whether it is your work or a pass-time is often something to be admired. Here at Jezzards Beveree Stadium, we have had many supporters over the years who have exhibited such a trait. None more so than the recently departed Steve Barry.
Steve would follow “The Beavers” home and away through the good, the bad and sometimes the ugly times during his twenty or more years as a supporter. No matter how the team was performing Steve remained loyal to the cause.
It is sad to realise that we shall not see Steve on our terraces nor in Hammonds bar on match days. My thoughts and prayers are very much with his family at this time. To quote one of the posts on the club forum “Once a Beaver ……….”
Whatever we do in life it is important to give it our best shot as we only have one crack here on earth. Although our results on the pitch do not reflect it, the lads have been trying their hardest and are fully committed to the cause. Training sessions are full of passion, enthusiasm and energy, and that’s just the coaching staff!! Hopefully these endeavours will soon reap there just rewards.
A chant that is often heard on the terraces is – “You only sing when you’re winning”. This is usually aimed at the supporters who only find their voices once their team has taken the lead. Continuing passionate and enthusiastic support when the lads are having a rough time can be just what they need to help pull them through. So, in memory of Steve Barry, today “Let’s get behind the team and make some noise”. C’mon you Beavers.
Jesus was definitely a guy who showed plenty of passion and enthusiasm for life. Not only His own, but also that of everyone He met. He was also passionate about death, because He came to demonstrate that that was not the end of things, but the start of a new beginning, by rising from His grave three days after being crucified. He was hoping that many would capture His passion. He is still longing that this will be the experience of us all.