The Liverpool & Irish Connection

by Matthew Taylor

Hey Reds! St. Patrick's Day is in just a few days, two to be exact. Hopefully, you have had the chance to have a look at our exclusive Paddy's Day collection! This is my personal favorite release we have done, although I might be a bit biased due to the fact I'm Irish! 

Scousers and the Irish have a strong connection, dating back hundreds of years. In fact, the distinctive Scouse accent actually comes from this Irish connection! Many Irish people traveled across the Irish sea throughout history, but the numbers increased significantly during and after the Great Famine, which started in 1846. So much so, that Liverpool was given the unofficial title of 'the second capital of Ireland.'

It is said that around 75% of Liverpudlians have an Irish family background! This connection has resulted in many influences including food, pubs, ships, buildings, music, and of course, the Scouse accent we all know and love!

This connection has also been evident at Liverpool FC. The name Anfield comes from an old town land named Annefield in County Wexford in Ireland. The first manager of LFC was an Irishman, John McKenna. McKenna then made one of the biggest signings in LFC history, by acquiring Elisha Scott. Scott, a goalkeeper from Ireland, made 468 appearances for the Reds. The Reds have also seen numerous LFC Irish legends including Houghton, Finnan, and Staunton.

Celebrate this incredible connection by checking out our exclusive Paddy's Day collection! 🇮🇪☘️

https://www.anfieldshop.com/collections/st-patricks-day

 


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