It isn’t simple – believe me.
When The Beatles were growing up in the 40s and 50s the team you supported in Liverpool said a lot more about you than just your football preference. Religion played a role too with most Protestants favouring Liveropol and Catholics choosing Everton. Although both teams had a Protestant heritage Everton boasted quite a number of Irish Catholic players, so as a default it appears that most Catholics favoured the Blues at that time. Of course things are different now and religion no longer plays much of a role in football allegiances – in Liverpool at least.
Anyway given the Beatles upbringing you’d expect John (CofE choirboy) and Ringo (whose family had connections with Orange movement in Liverpool) to be Reds, George to be a Blue and Paul – who was from a mixed family – supporting both.
It is not surprising then that in the early 60s Brian Epstein told the band to keep any football (and religious) affiliations to themselves as not to alienate anyone.
But how interested in football were they? In the 60s probably not much.
John, we can surmise, was if anything a Red. It was almost certainly at his insistence that one Albert Stubbins, a red-haired Liverpool striker, appeared on the Sgt Pepper sleeve. His dad was a Red too. There is quite a lot of evidence that John enjoyed a kick around. Pete Best (an Evertonian) recently said that Lennon was the best footballer in the band. However he didn’t seem that interested in watching the game. Interestingly though the cover of his 1974 Walls and Bridges album has a painting he did as an 11 year old which features the FA Cup final from that year which was between Newcastle United and Arsenal.
Ringo has apparently become more of a Red as he has got older (his kids are fans), though his step dad was an Arsenal fan and used to take him to see The Gunners when they played in Liverpool. George seems to have had zero interest in football which just leaves Paul. Ultimately he clearly has a thing for both teams but when push comes to shove he is a Blue.
He once said – Here’s the deal: my father was born in Everton, my family are officially Evertonians, so if it comes down to a derby match or an FA Cup final between the two, I would have to support Everton,” he said. “But after a concert at Wembley Arena I got a bit of a friendship with Kenny Dalglish, who had been to the gig and I thought, ‘You know what? I am just going to support them both because it’s all Liverpool and I don’t have that Catholic-Protestant thing.’ So I did have to get special dispensation from the Pope to do this but that’s it, too bad… but if it comes to the crunch, I’m an Evertonian.”
If we ignore Pete Best then Liverpool FC just about edge this one then.
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