I grew up during a period of near total domination for Liverpool Football Club but one thing I
shall always remember is a notebook my Dad had stored away in which he had kept a record of all the
FA Cup results for several seasons in the early 1950s. Poring through this, I recall my shock at
reading the score line, ‘Gateshead 1-0 Liverpool' - to such an extent that I suspected my father
had been engaging in some earlier fantasy game – a homespun forerunner of Football Manager.