Hey all, how are we all? Good I hope. Thought id send a quick blog this week as I am off on my final holibobs of the year tomorrow!!
Another packed week has flown by, so it was time for a brilliant weekend. It was time for a wonderful weekend in Liverpool being truly spoilt and entertained. The whole reason for going was for the big match. Liverpool vs Everton. Those of you who don’t know I am a huge Liverpool fan, the only real true love of my life!! Nothing makes me happier than going to Anfield & singing my heart out for the team I love.
I was lucky enough to be invited to the Football clubs end of season players award ceremony back in May, seeing the players, meeting lots of amazing people, & winning some tickets in a charity auction for a weekend in Liverpool including Match tickets to any game of the season and full hospitality. So off I went Friday lunchtime with Virgin Trains, first class train up (only £48 great value for money) who are the best I’ve travelled with in this Country, to the fun and exciting town i love.
My overnight stay was at the stunning Hilton hotel based right opposite Albert Dock and next to Liverpool One shopping area. It was a beautiful day, the sun was shining, so I walked from the Liverpool’s impressive Lime Street Station the ten minute stroll to the Hilton.
The whole vibe of the Hilton is a good one. Always helps to have the Liverpool FC shirts on display, makes me feel at home!! Check in was so friendly, and efficient. I was in my room within 5 minutes of arrival, and quickly settled in.
It was such a gorgeous day, I decided to do a little sightseeing and shopping. Everything is on your doorstep, nothing is more than a 10 minute walk. The area has gone through some regeneration over the years, and it looks fantastic.
Albert Dock area is a fab stroll, along the banks of the Mersey, with the added bonus of the Liverpool, Slavery or Maritime Museums, plus the Beatles Story & of course the Tate. I took a long stroll, sat by the Mersey and watched the world go by. And how Stunning it looked.
After a coffee recharge it was time to hit the shops. What a fine selection there was! Everything from the everyday high street brands, the mid range to the finer things in life (Courtesy of Cricket, Reiss & Armani to name a few). In every shop I was made to feel welcome and helped with anything I needed – a rare thing these days. Decent customer service! It makes such a difference. Purse thoroughly dented it was back to the hotel via a few little stop offs just purely to admire the view. It seemed Liverpool was looking its finest that day, along with all the people around.
After a long hot soak it was time for dinner with an old friend. We ate in the Hotel as part of our package normally not my preference. But I was proved wrong. We ate some sublime steaks, cracking chips, drank wonderful champagne. We both commented on how we wish we had room for desert, but we swiftly moved to the bar which seemed to be the hive of activity.
We drank wonderful cocktails, listened to some great music, and people watched for hours along with catching up on old times. What a fab night!!
After a great nights sleep it was time for the big day. After a great shower & a restorative breakfast, it was time to put on the new LFC shirt and head to Anfield.
We were shown to our lounge for food and drinks prior to the game, and it was surprisingly good! I have been lucky enough to visit several of the largest football clubs in a corporate position over the years. I know I am biased but I liked the friendliness, the people seating us called me by name, and made every effort to look after us. It’s relaxed, not stuffy, everyone there is friendly, theres no attitude or intimidation as there is at other top 4 club grounds! The food was good, drinks were flowing, all you need to get you ready for the game. Well done LFC, I shall certainly be back to use the corporate hospitality.
The double bonus was the seats. Our seats were in and amongst all the fans, not in a separate bit for the corporate lot. As always, to me Anfield is my place of worship. And the choir as always took it to church when singing You’ll Never Walk Alone. Tears always come to my eyes, I get goosebumps, and it makes me so happy. There is no better ground to watch football in, I promise you.
The game progressed slowly, a nervy atmosphere until the Captain pulled a free kick out of nowhere. Gerrard, as always pulled them up by the scruff of their necks and gave us the goal we needed. The Kop sang out his name as always, and everyone took a huge sigh of relief. Until the 90th minute when our nerves and a stunning strike from Everton levelled the game. What a sucker punch from which we had no time to recover. 1-1 Final score.
During the 90 minutes I laughed so much at the crowd around me, the comedy gold that happens on those terraces is legendary. Off we wandered back to the lounge for a quick cup of tea or beer before we wandered off home happy.
Thank you Liverpool, all of you. As always your welcome makes my heart sing. See you very, very soon.