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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
15th March 1895: The Founding of Liverpool FC by John Houlding
Houlding was a self-made businessman in the city of Liverpool. He was educated at Liverpool College and was active towards the end of the 19th century, owning a brewery that left him in a comfortable financial state for the rest of his life. He was elected to the Liverpool City Council as a Conservative representing the Everton ward, before being appointed Lord Mayor of Liverpool in 1897. He was also a member of the Orange Order, a Protestant fraternal organization that had a large following in the Liverpool area.
Prior to his election, Houlding was involved with the city's first professional football team, Everton F.C. In 1882, a ruling forced Everton to play their games at an enclosed ground, having previously played them on the public Stanley Park. A meeting held in the Sandon Hotel in Anfield, Liverpool, owned by Houlding, led to Everton F.C. renting a field off Priory Road. When the owner of this field eventually asked them to leave, Houlding secured a new pitch at Anfield Road, paying a small rent to John Orrell, a fellow brewer. The first football match at Anfield was on 28 September 1884, when Everton beat Earlstown 5-0.
At Anfield stands were erected, attendance figures reached 8,000 per game, and Everton became a founding member of the Football League in 1888. However, Houlding was beginning to annoy the club; he increased the rate of interest on his loan to the club, and the players were forced to use the Sandon Hotel in Oakfield Road for changing, both before and after games.
Houlding purchased the land at Anfield Road from Orrell in 1885 and charged rent to Everton F.C. Orrell owned land next to the ground and planned to build an access road across Houlding’s land. The only way to stop this was to rent Orrell’s land or buy it. Houlding wanted Everton F.C. to buy his land and Orrell’s land by floating the club. If his proposals had been accepted, Houlding would have made a lot of money from the purchase of the land and the club would have been run by a small number of large shareholders.
Many of the club's members accused Houlding of trying to make a profit at the club's expense. The club's 279 members met in January 1892 to discuss the matter. Following another meeting on 15 March 1892, the club decided to leave Anfield and find a new ground. Later that year Everton F.C. moved to Goodison Park, on the north side of Stanley Park.
Houlding and Orrell were left with an empty football ground, and Houlding felt that the only proper course of action in that situation would be to found a new football club, which he duly did. The new club was called Everton Athletic but the Football Association would not allow this name to be used so the club was renamed Liverpool F.C. Their first ever game was a friendly match with Rotherham Town, then of the Midland League, on 1 September 1892.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
I am in a position of "nice challenges to have" -as my clients are human individuals, you have to adapt your approach to their particular experience. Consequently, you don't always instantly "hit the spot" and finding the most effective treatment for them involves tweaking what you're doing to suit them.
I find myself now in this position with several clients at once. It's scary and fabulous all at the same time. Because I love doing it, there's a thrill in taking on the problems and obstacles that just wouldn't be there if my soul wasn't in it. In many other areas, problems are just a drag, but with hypnotherapy, it expands your skills by forcing you to deviate from your standard method.
Of course, were I to be ultimately defeated, that would be devastating, but it's the very fact that it's scary that makes it a thrill. To be guaranteed victory just by showing up is kinda dull. Victory gets its sweet taste by being difficult. This is "optimum stress", getting me going and firing the blood, but because I know what I'm doing, I'm not being overwhelmed. Watch this space!
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
What is your attitude to the challenges you face?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
1034 millibars and static
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
If you have to introduce yourself to a psychic, they're a fraud :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Dominique Racquel on ugly kids
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9. ZEN WISDOM
As long as we are human, we are bound to make mistakes. What distinguishes a forward-looking person from an intransigent one, a virtuous person from a dishonest one, however, is whether one can candidly admit to one’s mistakes and take bold steps to redress them.