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'Terrible mix up'

Football manager donated to school after pop star in Grammy drama

Published on February 2nd 2010.

'Terrible mix up'

A TERRIBLE mix-up has left a city Premiership football club “red faced” and a newspaper denying all knowledge after the wrong pop star didn't play at a school in Liverpool.

Following the success of American folk legend James Taylor's circus workshop at St Sebastian's primary school, Edge Lane, last month, and womanising champion golfer Sam Taylor Wood's appearance at a film premiere here last November, education bosses were “keen” to celebrate being the most improved council in the county with a series of low key cultural concerts in city schools.

“Tailor Made” was the brainchild of city chiefs, but news of the latest, secret event was leaked to 40,000 LFC and Bolton Wanderers fans at Anfield, on Saturday afternoon, prompting widespread security fears and leaving Huyton children in tears.

Sixteen-year-old popstar Taylor Bright, who wasn't remotely famous before today, was in London on her first visit to the UK when the gaffe occurred. She was here to promote her debut single, Striped Socks, reported the BBC, which also revealed, further down in the same article, that she is yet to release a single.

“Unfortunately the school in question was forced to cancel the concert after security fears that 60,000 Wanderers fans, might go straight round,” said the headmaster who did not wish to be named.

Meanwhile, the team, also known as “The White Men”, a moniker that coincidentally topped a BNP poll of favourite football nicknames in 2005, were unavailable for comment.

However a spokeswoman for Ms Bright confirmed that the incorrect announcement was made to 80,000

football fans over the Tannoy at Anfield.

She said: "I have no idea why they thought Taylor Swift would be performing at the St Poor Clare's Primary school in Gilmoss, when she was in America picking up her Grammy. It must have been a slip of the tongue.”

“Taylor was picking up her Granny,” she added, correcting an earlier slip of the tongue, and adding that she was “happy to confirm” that Elizabeth Taylor, 78, will be appearing at the Halfway to Paradise care home glee club, in Newsham Park, this Saturday night.

In the latest twist to the saga, the Liverpool Echo has apologised and has given pupils an ECHO van for no hard feelings. Now Confidential understands that Liverpool Football Club has followed suit by donating its manager, Rafa Benitez, to the school.

Head of PE Graham Snapper told us: “I told them it was much too generous.

"But they were absolutely adamant and kept saying, 'No, no, we insist.'

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AnonymousFebruary 2nd 2010.


JayFebruary 2nd 2010.

Is it just me or is this story written strangely. It's taken me three reads to vaguely understand what happened.Also, who's the woman with the side boob, because it's not Taylor Swift, James Taylor, Sam Taylor-Wood or a 16 year old pop star?

Tinker TaylorFebruary 2nd 2010.

Dur Jay! Eggzellent clever piece here, go back to school but not the one where the grammys are. Aaagh. Stop confusing me, Confused of Allerton.

AJP TaylorFebruary 2nd 2010.

DJ George, I am completely baffled by you

The Legs of ManFebruary 2nd 2010.

Is there any truth in the old legend that when Crackerjack's Don Maclean appeared at the Liverpool Empire that he was given a hostile reception by a large number of dolts in the audience who had bought tickets thinking it was going to be fat American whinge-merchant Don McLean?

AnonymousFebruary 2nd 2010.

Taylor Swift? Never heard of him.

BeyonceFebruary 2nd 2010.


AnonymousFebruary 2nd 2010.

It wasn't the grammys but the grit awards, it's a cross between the two and held in the snow, like the Winter Olympics.

Confused of AllertonFebruary 2nd 2010.

Why on earth were they holding the Grammy Awards at a primary school in the first place? Did no one think of the children?

DJ GeorgeFebruary 2nd 2010.

Can I repeat what I told the partially-deaf reporter at the BBC earlier this week. I did NOT "Announce" any concert but rather made a sarcastic report about the foul-up in last Saturday's Echo which was obviously and blatantly WRONG !!!!

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