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18 Nov 2020 10:28:52
We have a great global forum here. Contributors from all around the country and also from around the world. I assume though that there is also a significant contingent of people in this forum who are from Liverpool or nearby, and a further subset who are season ticket holders or regulars at matches.

I'd be interested in a show of hands from those who have season tickets and/ or regularly attend matches. The reason it came to mind (and in the scheme of things in the world at the moment, I know there are far greater problems) was because I felt really sorry for anybody who has followed the team as a regular supporter at matches through the years, particularly through some of the frustrating periods in the 90s and 00s, stayed loyal, gone to all of the matches, and then when we finally win the league again, they couldn't be in the ground to celebrate. Those last few matches to secure the title would have been incredible to be there with the team and all the other supporters.

We were all disappointed that the title win couldn't be celebrated in the normal way but I figured the disappointment would probably have felt more acute to a supporter who had been to almost every match at Anfield for the last 30 years, maybe was there when we last lifted the trophy, and then couldn't be there at the big moment.

Personally, I live in the south of England. I've supported Liverpool from the moment I first got into football as a seven year old but I've only made it to Anfield four times. I used to go to watch Liverpool whenever they played in London or the south. Tickets were easier to come by back then, before all seater. Unfortunately that was mainly in the first half of the 90s, so coincided with one of our less exciting and successful spells, and I saw us lose more than win (a 4-0 bank holiday Monday hammering at Highbury comes to mind) .

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18 Nov 2020 10:59:46
I was a season ticket in the 90's and the hardest thing about leaving the UK was missing LFC games, that season after I left they did the treble!

In 2000 I moved to Amsterdam so for match day experience it was the expat community in the Dutch Bars but the funny thing is that LFC in the 7 years I lived in Holland only played one competitive match in Holland which was Vitesse Arnhem (Wilfred Bony days) in the Europa League.

There was a few friendlies at Ajax but those are not the same, once I moved to Oz the next year PSV in the Champions League bloody typical, the hardest part about Oz is the time difference the best I can hope for is a 12pm game in daylight savings!

As for my heritage, born in Lancaster moved to Manchester aged 4 and grew up as a LFC thanks to my Grandfather doing war duty in Liverpool - he used to go to the Wednesday afternoon matches, remember some shops closing on Wednesday afternoons in the 80's, that was WW2 and football.

My father followed the LFC tradition and as a kid in the 70's and 80's it was easy to follow your fathers advice about supporting LFC. My kid brother mind you, born in Manchester is a Man U fan . as you guess he is a **** bag.

18 Nov 2020 13:44:23
Sadly due to money and circumstances i've only been to 4 games.
3-1 friendly win vs Leverkusen
1-0 Europa win vs Besiktas
2-1 League win vs Man City
2-2 league draw vs Sunderland

4 happiest days of my life were the first 3 games i saw and the day my son was born. Nothing beats watching your team win in the flesh.

I'm hoping to get to a few more games in the coming years! I did also watch our youth team batter MK Dons first team in a friendly a few years ago. Wilson and Woodburn were immense that day, as was Kelleher between the sticks.

18 Nov 2020 15:26:22
I am fortunate enough to be a season ticket holder which I acquired through my wife's family as they've had season tickets for years.
The thing I miss most about going to the matches is celebrating and sharing it with the fans around you. People who you know it means as much to them as it does to you when we win or score.
It really does feel like somewhere people can come together.
I don't get the same elation when I try to celebrate with my wife at home as she just tells me to be quiet as I'm annoying her ha.
Can't wait to get back in the ground but only when it is safe to do so for everyone.
Even though we missed out on seeing the trophy lift I will never forget the feeling of excitement and joy that built as every game went on throughout the season and we kept finding ways to win.

{Ed002's Note - So you are missing hugging and kissing other men?}

18 Nov 2020 15:34:07
All the Europa/ champions league games for many years. And the odd prem Cup etc. I must admit I enjoyed not losing at home in Europe between Real Madrid 2014 to Athletico Madrid 2020 👌🏻 Excellent run and memorable games including the likes of beating both Manchester clubs, Bobby’s last min vs PSG, Corner taken quickly Barcelona, THAT Dortmund 4-3. Amongst others and a few finals. I just Prefer Anfield on a European night its miles better than a Prem game, another level with the atmosphere and the pre game build up flares etc.

18 Nov 2020 17:32:37
My first game at Annfield was against Swansea in the quarter finals of the FA Cup in 1964. Then went a few times in the 80's, notably the 6-0 win against Brighton. Due to the impossibility of getting tickets for PL games, the last time I was at Annfield, I took my wife to see the Europa game v Napoli, where Stevie G scored a second half hat trick.

18 Nov 2020 20:07:26
I'm a membership holder, built credits over the years where I am guaranteed 17 of the 19 home league games. I live in Ireland so don't make all games, and sell on the games I can't go to face value to others who can't get tickets. Love the city and atmosphere at games.

19 Nov 2020 08:02:58
Port Red, I've just moved to Ireland last week, keep me in mind ;)

19 Nov 2020 10:01:39
I have a ticket, have been fortunate to be able to follow the reds since the 80’s, my first cup final was against Everton at the old Wembley in 86.

But there’s something about away games that gives you a real buzz, the hostility of some away games, boozing on the train from 10am, getting up to all sorts of mischief - those days are gone for me now, settled with a 6 year old son who I cherish to bits. Drive to match day now and enjoy a cup of Bovril at half time

I’ve had some very understanding girlfriends over the years, allowing me to go to 3 European cup finals, Istanbul, Athens and more recently Madrid

Waiting over 30 years and not being able to be at Anfield when we won the league was pretty tough to be fair but the main thing is we did it!

19 Nov 2020 12:07:23
I haven't got a season ticket but managed to get to a few games last year including the city game at anfield. I was so gutted the fans were not in the stadium when we lifted it. Hopefully some fans will be let back at some point this season and we retain the title!

19 Nov 2020 12:12:39
I live on the other side of the world in Malaysia. Due to the £ being so expensive, it takes us several years of saving up to buy the plane ticket, get accommodations and of course the match day ticket. So about ten years ago, I did just that. Saved for four years, booked my flight and hostel, was told by the ticketing agent here that their man would be waiting for me in front of the ticket office. So after supporting the club since 1977, I finally make it to Liverpool.

Even made a slow walk from the Royal Albert Dock uphill all the way to Anfield. I remember feeling very sad as I passed so many boarded up homes. Finally, I round a corner and I see the Kop rising in the distance. So with a spring in my step, I find my way to the ticket office, find the guy waiting for me. He passes me a ticket and I give him £120 (once in a lifetime, right? ) Did mention it's Liverpool vs Man United?

My ticket, which sits right where I am writing this says - Paddock Enclosure - Block PKS - Row F Seat 0112. And the Turnstile is W 1-4. So I get there and go in, and guess what? It's a used ticket and I'm asked to explain where I got it from by some lads in uniforms. As someone who is quite handy with numbers and can do pretty complex calculations in his head, I just couldn't process how much I had put into this adventure. Oh well, had a nice chat with the guys selling scarves out front and there's always the Beatles Museum! LoL!



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