Liam Brady Broke My Heart

Liam Brady Broke My Heart

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I decided to support Arsenal in 1979 because they had lots of Irish players, including their star player Liam Brady. He was an artist of a player with a beatuful left foot.

In 1980 we reached both the Cup Winners' Cup final and the FA Cup final. We lost the Cup Winners' Cup final on penalties to Valencia with Graham Rix missing the final penalty. Then we lost the FA Cup final a few days later 1-0 when we were huge favourites against West Ham.

Then Liam Brady announced that he was leaving to go to play for Italian club, Juventus. I was 8 at the time and remember crying in my dad's car.

I have to give a nod of inspiration to Irish band The Saw Doctors who have a great song called 'Broke My Heart' that includes lines such as 'Their full-back was big
But I was small and fast / I had him left for dead If I had got that pass / A girl can foul you up Tear your life apart / There's more than just one way To break a young man's heart / And you broke mine'

P.S. The irony is that Liam Brady also missed a penalty in the defeat against Valencia (though most people forget that) and Brian Talbot scored his.

Lyrics: 

Liam Brady Broke My Heart

(Verse 1)
It was Nineteen Eighty when
Football broke my heart
Lost the FA Cup to West Ham
That Brooking header cut sharp

(Verse 2)
It was Nineteen Eighty when
Liam Brady broke my heart
He was off to Juventus
The dirty little tart

(Chorus)
Now, who’d be our playmaker in the North London rain?
We only had Brian Talbot and that’s not the effin same
No, that’s not the effin same

(Bridge)
Many years have now gone by and I’ve grown from boy to man
Folk will tell you girls will break your heart but they don’t understand
There are romantic heart breaks but they do heal with time
But the scars football deals out are a worse kind of crime

(Verse 3)
It was Nineteen Eighty when
Football broke my heart
Lost to Valencia on penalties
Rix’s tame penalty cut sharp

(Verse 2)
It was Nineteen Eighty when
Liam Brady broke my heart
He was off to Juventus
The dirty little tart

(Chorus)
Now, who’d be our playmaker in the North London rain?
We only had Brian Talbot and that’s not the effin same
No, that’s not the effin same

Written by Simon Wright
(October 2021)



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coolparadiso's picture

pretty rough to lose to a brooking head - probably the one and only and yet he was so hard to hate Smile ah you have to understand football to get the raw emotion ( sorry to mention the joke at the time - whats irish and got 11 pricks Wink a memory made me smile. He was a lovely player to watch!

Panch's picture

Great stuff. Although I'm a Palace fan I was at that 1980 cup final, in the Arsenal end - I got given a ticket the night before the game. At least you had the memory of 1979 and Alan Sunderland's last minute winner.