Competition: Win a personalised Ireland shirt in time for Euro 2016

To celebrate Ireland’s involvement in this summer’s European Championships we are giving away a personalised replica Ireland shirt in a free-to-enter competition.

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The domestic season is now over and done with but fans don’t have to wait long for the return of competitive football with Euro 2016 right around the corner. One of the nations involved this summer is Ireland and memories of slightly older supporters are flooding back from the 1988 tournament when the Irish lads upset another of this summer’s qualifiers, England.

Read on for details of how to enter our competition.

Wales and Northern Ireland are also involved this summer and whether there will be any upsets this time remains to be seen, but if you think there might be one or two red faces you can always Bet on the Euros with Paddy Power, whether it’s for individual games or the tournament as a whole.

The 1988 tournament was held in what was still then West Germany with just eight teams qualifying compared to the 24 sides who are involved in the Euro 2016 finals.

The opening game in Group 2 saw Ireland take on England in a match in which both sides had Liverpool players on the pitch, five Liverpool players starting the match in all.

On the England side Reds legends John Barnes and Peter Beardsley started, with future Liverpool defender Mark Wright, then with Derby, also involved. LFC midfielder Steve McMahon was an unused England sub.

Ireland named three Liverpool players in their Euros squad and all three started the group’s curtain raiser against the English, played at the VfB Arena in Stuttgart. John Aldridge, usually seen in Liverpool colours wearing the No.8 shirt – as worn by his boyhood hero Roger Hunt – was handed the No.9 shirt for Ireland, with Reds teammate Ray Houghton wearing the 8.

Also involved for the Boys in Green was Liverpool and Ireland legend Ronnie Whelan, the midfielder wearing the No.6 shirt for the tournament.

The half a dozen Liverpool players involved in the game on and off the pitch would still have fresh memories of the upset at Wembley in the FA Cup final just a few weeks before when Wimbledon broke Reds hearts with their unlikely victory over hot favourites and league champions Liverpool.

Could Ireland pull off what would be seen, at least in England, as a similar upset?

They did.

It took just six minutes for Jack Charlton’s Ireland to take the lead and, try as England might, they were unable to break the Republic down, thanks in large part to goalkeeper Packie Bonner.

The game ended 1-0 and Ireland were in heaven.

The rest of the tournament didn’t go quite so well for Ireland and their adventure was over soon after, but that victory over England remains one of those games that fans will talk about for a long time afterwards. Also at least Ireland, unlike England, went home with some points on the board. Ireland finished third in the group with three points (it was still two points for a win in those days), Bobby Robson’s side losing all three of their games.

To enter our competition just answer the following question. Leave your answer in the comments before the closing date and we’ll pick a winner at random shortly afterwards.

Q. WHO SCORED IRELAND’S GOAL AGAINST ENGLAND IN THE 1988 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS?

As a bonus – just for fun – who got the assist?

Leave your answer in the reply/comments box below.

Please make sure you enter your email address correctly in the space provided – we won’t share this with anyone without your permission, but we will need this to contact you in the event you win the prize! Closing date: 11:59pm (UK & Ireland Time) Monday 30th May 2016. The decision of Anfield Road is final.

COMPETITION: Win 2 tickets to LFC v WBA at Anfield

Fancy seeing a match at Anfield? Enter our competition and you and a friend could be at the game this weekend.

It’s back to the Premier League again on Sunday at Anfield as Liverpool play host to West Brom – and you could be there.

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The Reds will be looking to put last Sunday’s defeat away to Newcastle behind them and get back to winning ways in the league.

With a number of players rested for the trip to Sion – Liverpool of course already through to the Europa League group stages – Jurgen Klopp’s side will be raring to go and will need the crowd behind them.

This is your chance to be part of that crowd!

If you’ve already got a ticket why not enter anyway? If you win you could always help a mate out!

Entry is free and all you have to do is answer the very easy question (there’s even a clue on this page), add your details and send it to us.

Competition closes at 5pm GMT Friday 11th December 2016. Terms and conditions apply, which you must accept to enter the competition.

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COMPETITION: Where will the goals go in?

Shirts, gift vouchers and computer games are up for grabs in our competition ahead of the Reds’ visit to Chelsea this weekend.

Liverpool have played 15 games so far this season in all competitions and to say that scoring goals hasn’t been a strong point would be about as big an understatement as “Liverpool missed Luis Suarez when he left” or “Fernando Torres was better for Liverpool than he was for Chelsea.”

Liverpool have been hopeless in front of goal.

The 3-2 win over Aston Villa was the only game in the Premier League, Europa League or League Cup so far this campaign that saw Liverpool score more than one goal. Obviously we don’t count the penalty shoot out goals against Carlisle, but if you include the last three games of last season that’s 17 out of 18 games where Liverpool have been unable to bag as many as two goals.

Is the Chelsea the game the one where the floodgates finally open?

If it is you might just be in for a bonanza of prizes in our competition (open to UK residents only).

Here’s Asmir Begović, standing in front of his goal at Stamford Bridge, plastic flags to his right, shaking in fear (probably) at the thought of facing a Liverpool side who can’t stop scoring. We hope.

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You’ll see six squares in the goal, six places where his clean sheet can be messed up.

Pick a square and tell us which one you’ve chosen below in the comments. It’s first come first served for each square, if your square is one that ruins the Chelsea keeper’s day you could be in for a prize.

For every goal Liverpool score this weekend we are giving a prize away – up to a maximum of five goals! If Liverpool score more than five goals you’ll have enough celebrating to do anyway.

If more than one goal is scored in your square, your reward gets better.

To give you even more chance of winning it also applies to Simon Mignolet’s goal – which of course we don’t want to see breached – so should Chelsea get a consolation past him and it lands on your square you’re in for a prize.

 

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The prizes:

  • If one goal lands in your square you will receive: A £10 Amazon Voucher
  • If two goals land in your square you will win: Football Manager 2016 on Pre Order! Release date November
  • Three goals or more in your square and you will get: A Liverpool Football Club Shirt (take your pick of the Home/Away/Third shirts)

The booby prize:

If the game ends goalless, the first person to comment wins the following prize.

  • Danny Dyer’s Funniest Football Foul-Ups on DVD

Sorry, but that’s how it’s got to be. Maybe it’s not too bad, with the sound down.

 

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Have a go below in the comments. Make sure you use a valid email address otherwise we won’t be able to get hold of you if you win. If you’ve not commented before your comment might not appear straight away but it will be logged with the correct date and time and will appear as such when we approve it.

Good luck!

 

Competition sponsored by Paddy Power.

Rules

  • Each player is only allowed one square, no multiples
  • Entries will not be accepted from blog owner, contributor or employees of Paddy Power
  • Squares will be allocated to the first 6 people to comment on available squares
  • The BBC’s definition of which square the ball went into is final, this can be found on BBC Football news www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/results
  • Prizes are subject to availability
  • Only one prize per square
  • Only the first 5 goals are counted
  • UK entries only
  • If the match score is 0-0 the first to comment on the original post will win the booby prize, a Danny Dyer Football Foul-Ups DVD

 

 

Competition: Win a year’s supply of adidas Originals trainers

FANCY a new pair of adidas Originals trainers every month for a year?

Adidas-SS15-BrandsMainline Menswear are running a competition that will give the lucky winner exactly that, a year’s supply of, at a guess, your favourite brand of footwear.

To get your hands on a monthly box full of 3-stripe goodness see competition details below and then enter over on the Mainline Menswear website at mainlinemenswear.co.uk/competitions/adidas-originals-trainers, where you’ll also find all the rules and terms and conditions.
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Competition: Win a year's supply of adidas Originals trainers

FANCY a new pair of adidas Originals trainers every month for a year?

Adidas-SS15-BrandsMainline Menswear are running a competition that will give the lucky winner exactly that, a year’s supply of, at a guess, your favourite brand of footwear.

To get your hands on a monthly box full of 3-stripe goodness see competition details below and then enter over on the Mainline Menswear website at mainlinemenswear.co.uk/competitions/adidas-originals-trainers, where you’ll also find all the rules and terms and conditions.
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COMPETITION: Win tickets to the Official Story of #LFC

‘THE Official Story of Liverpool FC’, the smash hit stage show, returns to the city at the end of the month with a three-night special run of shows at EchoTwo, Echo Arena and we’ve teamed up with the show and LFC to give two lucky readers the chance of winning a pair of tickets each to the opening night.

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