Anfield kick about
- May 30, 2017
Sharing your story from planning this trip, to attending and then dealing with the aftermath that it actually did happen. Yes, it did happen. And you, yes you @Alright Now was part of the thunder that erupted several times from the Kop.Just checked into my hotel in London. I’m exhausted, sans voice, and yet so content. @Red_Jedi texted me a little while ago asking if the experience lived up to all the folklores about Anfield.
It did. Easily.
I sat in section 208 of the Kop surrounded by the most passionate fans I have met. I made it to my seat at about 320 pm and flags were making their way through the Kop. I had goosebumps seeing the same flags I always see on tv. The color and pomp of the spectacle is something to behold. And then the voice of the Kop rises in thunderous unison welcoming the team and convincing Manc fans they are full of ****. Suddenly, YNWA reverberates through the stadium. I was caught between closing my eyes and then opening them to not miss the scenes and then closing them and then opening them. I’ll never forget it. It’s seared in my heart now.
I thought we outclassed the Mancs from the beginning, which added to the spirit of The Fields of Anfield Road and Liverpool We Love You. I was particularly happy to hear the Kop sing The Fields of Anfield Road several times as I think it is our most unique song. I had two young Danes sitting next to me who were an absolute delight and knew every song as well. I will admit that I pride myself on knowing Poor Scouser Tommy, but shamefully, I couldn’t keep up with the pace of the Kop’s singing. I’ll work on it.
Between all the singing, there was complete confidence in the Kop. Or at least strong evidence that strength is unity, and I never felt we’d lose. That’s quite different from my normal terrifying lonely viewing from my couch! The Kop erupted after Mane’s goal. It’s briliiant watching the leaping and the hugging between friends, families, and strangers. While the Mancs’ fluky goal then came out of nowhere, the Kop only took a second to recover and roared in song right away. Right there, you know you are in a special place as a fan and player and there will always be this faith to lift you.
The second half was perfect. Of course, I personally enjoyed Bobby’s movement and touches today. Thought he was brilliant. The Kop sang repeatedly in appreciation of Robo, Bobby, and Shaqiri, with Xherdan rapidly ascending to cult hero status. I could not believe how quickly time flew in that second half. I could not see the scoreboard from where I sat, and I could have sworn there were 7 minutes remaining when time ran out.
I wish it hadn’t. I could have sat there forever and smiled and sang. My ears are still ringing. My eyes are still seeing the colors of Anfield dance. I loved my time at the stadium. I loved my time in the city. The people were so welcoming, with everyone willing to talk football and share stories and give advice. I’m so thankful to them. I’m also thankful to TIA for having created this community of Reds fans. @Maria and @Red_Jedi went out of their way to spend time with me and answer questions that I’m sure they found silly. @ILLOK, @Commando, @7th Earl and @theres always tommorrow: thank you for your advice as well. I’m sorry we couldn’t meet, but we will. There’s just no way I’m not returning. I’m hooked.
Just when the sweetest of victories couldn’t be sweeter you did so, by sharing your experience - and meeting you eyeball to eyeball.
I think we will see you soon. And I’ll be round when I’m in frisco next.
@Alright Now = Legend. You could write a book about just this match and the lead up. Extraordinary.