The city of Liverpool erupted in party mode today following the announcement by Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville that he is hanging up his boots.
A lifelong United fan who made 602 appearances for the club he loved, and won 85 England caps, Neville, the son of Neville Neville, has never been popular with the granny stabbers from down the East Lancs Road, and the very mention of his name in Liverpool is likely to result in fisticuffs.
Neville, 36 this month, has long been looked upon by the Scouse hyenas as an outspoken pain in the arse, because of his constant put downs of their sacred club, cemented his place in Scouse villainy in 2006, when, following an injury time winner by Rio Ferdinand, he took the trouble to run the full length of the Old Trafford pitch in order to tell the visiting fans exactly how he felt about them.
He was fined £5,000 for that little indiscretion, but insiders say he always maintained that it was worth every penny.
Liverpool fan, Mickey McWhack told Skoob Sports News:
"It's great news is dat lar. An dat. Sump'n to celebrate for our lads wid a few bevvies and maybe a Mississippi Fried Chickkkkkkkken supper. He always was a shit house rat and a pain in the arse."
In contrast, a sombre looking Jarbo The Killer, speaking from The Dog And Partridge, a mere stone's throw away from Old Trafford, told SSN:
"The lad's a Prince. A King among men - apart from Denis and Eric that is. He'll always be idolised round here. He's a legend. Most fans really do regard him as a friend. Coz he hates Scousers and that. Raise your glasses to the one and only Gary Neville!"
Everybody did. It seems Gary Neville will be sorely missed by many. Although not by them what can't talk right.
More as we get it.