King Kenny gets slap on the back from Derry red

Waterside man Eamon McBride slaps Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish on the back, after his side defeated Cardiff City, at Wembley, in Sunday's Carling Cup Final. INLS09-King Kenny
Waterside man Eamon McBride slaps Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish on the back, after his side defeated Cardiff City, at Wembley, in Sunday's Carling Cup Final. INLS09-King Kenny
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A Derry Liverpool fan was among the first to offer congratulations to soccer legend Kenny Dalglish after his side’s triumph in last weekend’s Carling Cup at Wembley.

Waterside man Eamon McBride, was seen by a TV audience of millions as he slapped the Liverpool boss on the back as Dalglish revelled in Liverpool’s triumph.

Eamon got the chance to get close to the players after winning a National Express competition for hospitality tickets to the match.

“Unfortunately the atmosphere in that section of the ground was a little reserved, which was disappointing, but at the end of the game it was a great spot to be in, as all the players walked down pass me,” he says.

“I shook a Cardiff players hand and I think I patted every Liverpool on the back.

“Then at the end someone shouted that Kenny Dalglish was coming down, then I looked around and he was standing practically right in front of me.

“So I congratulated him and then all off a sudden I started to receive text messages and receive phone calls, telling me that I was on TV slapping Kenny on the back.”

It could have been very different for the Derry Red had Cardiff taken their chances to win an epic encounter during which the match swung back and forth.

After finishing 2-2 after extra time, Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard and Charlie Adam both missed in the penalty shoot out - before Liverpool eventually claimed their first trophy since 2006.