A Day in the Life... of a traveling LFC supporter. PART DEUX

A Day in the Life... Part Deux

Ok, so with the stadium and museum tours in our rear view mirror, we decided to check out the sights and sounds around Anfield.

Our first stop is none other then the famous Shankly gates, such a powerful and iconic landmark at Anfield.




Sadly, and I have no idea how this happened but I somehow completely missed Paisley Gates. To be honest I may have even walked through it and just didn't realize it. Well at least it's something to look forward to if and when I get back.

Anyways, from here we decide to take a little stroll into Stanley park, as some of us wish to enjoy what you Brits call a fag, not that there is anything wrong with that. ;)

Its still a few hours away from kick off but slowly the crowds are beginning to build and a few people are kicking the ball around in the park. Stanley park, much like Anfield is beautiful, its spacious, green and lush, it makes for a perfect place to have yourself a little pick up game or simply a relaxing walkabout.

WARNING!!! Not everything in the surrounding area of Anfield is beautiful as our stroll into Stanley park proves. I can't even guess as to who thought it would be a good idea to put what I can only guess is a modern day Liverpool landfill into Stanley park. It's quite the eye sore, so consider yourselves warned! ;-)


After getting a glimpse of the landfill and fears of some type of toxic contamination, we quickly headed back to the security and beauty of Anfield. :-)

Time to pay our respects to the 96 at the Hillsborough memorial. To be honest I wasn't sure what the etiquette was here, can I take a picture? Would it be disrespectful if I took a picture? After saying a little prayer for those who tragically lost their lives, I stood there in silence for a couple of minutes, at which point someone took out their phone at snapped a picture. Anyways here my picture, hopefully it was not disrespectful in any way.

 
The Main Stand side of Anfield is littered with a fantastic walkway, much like the Hollywood walk of stars, but it's also a memorial of some sort. I found this pretty cool as I didn't even know this existed.

Nice little tribute in here of Stevie G.


Here's a Bob Paisley tribute.


And finally one for Bill Shankly.


Sadly I couldn't spend as much time as I wanted to here because one of the people in our group was itching for a wobbly pop or two, so I must of missed the King Kenny tribute and probably many more. :(

The new main stand is simply beautiful in person and I must commend FSG for a job well done. Anfield has a modern feel to it but it still has all of its history. Personally I'm glad that we didn't move into a new stadium and simply decided to renovate Anfield, you can't move the history of a club from one stadium to another.

Here's a couple of pictures of our crest on the new main stand's wall.



Disclaimer: The last picture was taken the day after the game, as I had to go back to the LFC store to grab a few more mementos, thus the lack of a crowd.

Alright, so now it was time to settle the restless naives down by finding a venue that catered to their needs, so yeah basically anywhere where they served alcohol. ;-)

First stop, The Albert. You simply can't do a match day without having at least one wobbly pop at The Albert. We are still a few hours away from kick off but the Albert was already quite busy, standing room only at this point.

Disclaimer, I don't know any of these people. lol
 The Albert has some fantastic memorabilia and history, it also has a smell to it thats either a lot of spilled beer over the years or it could be urine, or both. ;-)

Whatever the smell is it should be experienced in my opinion, its got a great feel, friendly people and awesome atmosphere about it.

After a couple of beverages, I cross the street to visit one of the street side vendors, where I decide to purchase an LFC sweatshirt. Its not easy finding LFC gear from where I'm from so I kind of bought quite a few things. :-)

My dilemma is that I don't want to carry another item, heck I'm already wearing two damn scarves, which in my head will be the new fashion statement all supporters will adopt. So far it hasn't caught on, I didn't see one LFC supporter in Kyiv rocking the two scarves! ;-)

The sweatshirt I want apparently has limited stock so the vendor can't guarantee he'll have any left after the game. I pay him and hope for the best, but in the meantime I'm mocked by the members of my group for being a dumba$$ and that I'll never get that money back.



The above photo is of the vendor I like to call honest Joe's vendor. Got my sweatshirt after the game without any issue. ;)

With the shopping all done at least for that day, it's time for another wobbly pop. So down the road we go and the Anfield area is certainly coming to life as kick off gets closer. Desperate to find some food and drink we stumble upon a place called 'The Church'.


In my opinion this place is a must for supporter visiting Anfield, it had an electric atmosphere even two hours prior to the game. We walked into a chorus of Allez, Allez, Allez and the songs just kept coming throughout our stay.


I'm not 100% sure but this maybe the place Jaime Webster performed that great rendition of Allez, Allez, Allez. Mind you I did see someone say that was the halfway house so I'm not sure. Either way this place was awesome and as I said earlier its a must.

Kick off is still well over an hour and half away but we decide to head back to the stadium as we want to soak up every last moment possible in Anfield.


The streets are really starting to fill up and the anticipation is really starting to peak amongst us and all the supporters.


Ok, we are in Anfield now. One last stop before we can make our way to our seats.


Not sure if it was obvious or not but we were thirsty after the walk back to Anfield. ;-)


And there you have it we have made to our seats, and we're ready to go! ALLEZ, ALLEZ, ALLEZ!!!

On a side note, the Kop seats are probably the most uncomfortable seats I have ever had to sit in. They are very very narrow and even sitting there in the pre game warm up was excoriating. I couldn't wait to get off my a$$ and stand up. In fairness as you know the Kop is meant for standing, and I understand the narrower the seats the more supporters you can get into the game. There was plenty of room amongst the supporters once everyone stood, but oh my lord was it ever uncomfortable to sit there.

Anyways, on to the game...

A Day in the Life... Part 3 to be posted Sunday or Monday.

Cheers
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