1 Apr 2012

Why Nelson Mandela is to blame for LFC's 22-year failure to win the league

Liverpool fans have blamed various people over the years for the club's 22-year failure to win the league, with the likes of David Moores; Rick Parry; Graeme Souness; Gerard Houllier; Tom Hicks; Rafa Benitez, Alex Ferguson and Roy Hodgson regularly receiving harsh criticism. The truth is, however, that none of these people are responsible; the real blame for Liverpool's failure to bring home the trophy Bill Shankly famously called ‘our bread and butter’ lies solely at the feet of one man: Nelson Mandela, the former President of South Africa.

As you will see from the startling confluence of events, Mr Mandela’s negative influence on the club simply cannot be denied, and I will illustrate this with cold, hard facts:

* In 1959, Bill Shankly took control of a club that was languishing in the English second division. At this time, Mr Mandela was a free man.

* In 1962, Mr Mandela was arrested and imprisoned after being on the run for 17 months. The same year, Liverpool won promotion to the first division.

* In 1964, Mr Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment. That same year, Liverpool won the league for the first time in 17 years (the number matches the length of time Mr Mandela was on the run).

Coincidence? I think not.

Over the next 27 years, Liverpool became the most successful British football team of all time, winning a whole host of trophies including 12 league titles, 4 European Cups, 4 FA Cups and 2 UEFA cups.


* In 1990, after 27 years behind bars, Mr Mandela was released from prison. Three months later, Liverpool won the league title for the last time.

The facts speak for themselves: Liverpool’s dominance of English football began with Mr Mandela’s imprisonment in 1964 and ended with his release in 1990. At the time of writing, Mr Mandela has been a free man for 22 years, and in that time, Liverpool have not won the league title.

Coincidence? Once again, I think not.

I think it is fair to say, without hyperbole, that Liverpool FC's league success is inextricably linked to Mr Mandela's liberty. Based on the evidence, the inarguable conclusion must be that Liverpool FC can only be successful in the league if Mr Mandela is in prison.

Mr Mandela's destructive influence must be addressed NOW. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and it is our duty as fans to take action and address the damaging impact his freedom continues to have on Liverpool FC's ability to win league titles.

To that end, the club has hired Lord Grabiner, QC and Richard Snowdon, QC (the Barristers who took on Hicks and Gillett) to examine the terms of Mr Mandela’s 1990 release documents in the hope of discovering legal loopholes/procedural inconsistencies/Judicial improprieties to retrospectively invalidate the release.

Liverpool fans can do their part by campaigning for Mr Mandela’s immediate re-imprisonment and signing this online petition: www.JailMandela.com. Upon collection of as many signatures as possible, the petition will be delivered to Jacob Zuma, the current current South African President, for (hopefully) immediate action.

Back in 1990, people around the world - including millions of Liverpool fans - shouted 'Free Mandela!' as they campaigned for the great man's release. Hindsight is a wonderful thing though, and little did those fans know that they were effectively sabotaging their own club. 22 years later and things have to change: 'Jail Mandela!' must become every Liverpool fan's mantra.

The needs of the club outweigh the needs of the individual; with the greatest fans in the world working together in the spirit of 'The Liverpool Way', the goal of having Mr Mandela returned to prison can be achieved, and Liverpool FC can then be restored to its rightful place at the pinnacle of English football.


Jaimie Kanwar


  1. It's the 1st of april & I thick it's well thought out..

  2. Oh dear... Must try harder...

    Comment posted @ 09:47 - 01/04/12

  3. Plonker.

    But you got a few I suspect.

  4. I seriously think this is the legitimate reason why we've been so bad. But did you know Mandela is actually a Liverpool fan?

  5. More than joke than truth hahahaha.

  6. Septimus_severus1:05 pm, April 01, 2012

    Shaking my head LOL ...HANG YOUR HEAD IN SHAME JAIMIE.....LOL

  7. I vividly remember the running joke among LFC fans back in 1990: 

    "When Nelson Mandela was finally released from prison, his first ever question was: Has Man Utd won the league yet?" 

    The joke has been on us...

  8. How juvenile, like something out of a school newspaper.

  9. Nelson  Mandella is this same   person  that promised  housing to all his  followers and  failed, his wife went about   murdering the  young  who  dared  to  disagree..

  10. I feel better now. Now I know who to blame. It's got nothing to do with KD buying crap for 100 million. LoL.

  11. hahahahahaha thats really funny 

  12. Made me LOL when i read the headlines, but jeez the detail in this article is worthy of serious discussion....


  13. Please tell me when Mandela promised free housing to all his followers...and his wife murdering the young who dared to disagree, please supply facts for this.

  14. Was it Mandelas defending when constantly trying to attack at the kop end.