My First Time.. a Liverpool fan story

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So anyone who’s been following this site and me personally for any amount of time would know that I am an absolutely massive Liverpool Football Club fan. I’ve been a fan since the very first time I watched Ian Rush and John Barnes knock the ball around way back in the 80’s.

I used to be a club player, was never really any good, but every day I was outside on the grass kicking the ball around and dreaming of walking onto the hallowed turf of Anfield decked out in that glorious red. So apparently Absa caught wind of my obsession and they have approached me to tell you about my very first British Premier League experience because they are running a promotion where they are going to give away 19 experiences to 19 of their lucky clients.

And even if you aren’t an ABSA client or aren’t able to move right now they have been kind enough to give me an awesome prize for one of you lucky readers… more on that later.

My First (and only) live Liverpool Experience

I lived in the UK for 2 years between 2001 and 2003 but unfortunately I was based in London and not my beloved Liverpool and getting tickets to watch Liverpool in London was completely out of my financial reach at the time. So the one week in December 2001 I took a trip up to Atherton, which is where my family originates from, to visit my grandparents and family members.

Now Atherton is a tiny town in Greater Manchester which is 17 miles from the Manchester city centre and 22 miles from Liverpool city centre, so as you can expect the town has a lot of supporters for both Liverpool and Manchester United, as well as the closest former Premier league team, Bolton Wanderers.

While I was there my sister and I decided we wanted to go check out Liverpool and I insisted that we would go see my beloved Anfield. It was a Monday, 12 December 2001, and it was bitterly cold in Liverpool but we made our way to the stadium to check it out and lo and behold there was a game on that night against Fulham.

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I seem to recall it was a rescheduled game, not entirely sure on that though, but since it was a Monday night and against less-than-glamorous opposition there were still tickets available. The decision took about 2 seconds to make and I spent the last of my available funds on getting 2 tickets in the nosebleed section to watch my heroes take on Fulham.

Standing in the crowd of my people and singing the songs for my heroes was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life. To watch Michael Owen, Steven Gerrard, Patrik Berger and Jamie Carragher blitz around the field was something else. Michael Owen is quick on TV but to see him move in real life was truly amazing and watching little Stevie G manhandle the other side and hear the passion from the supporters and players is something you truly have to experience at least once in your life.

Unfortunately the game wasn’t a great one with no goals scored by either side but I will never regret making the decision to sit in the freezing cold and cheer my team on.

Man I want to go back now…

The Competition

So as a reward for reading my story Absa has generously donated this epic looking Liverpool bag to give away.

Three easy ways to enter. First leave a comment below letting us know about your first Premier League experience, be it on TV or in real life. For a second chance to enter just smash this tweet button below and say whatever you want, just don’t remove the hashtags and @absa part.

And thirdly, like this post on Facebook… that’s it.

Oh and if you’re wondering what it’s like to truly experience your first BPL game in video format, check out this very cool video of Elton Norkie attending his very first Everton *booooooo* football game. It does a great job of bringing through that emotion of winning.. which rarely happens for Everton so this is nice I guess.

Last Updated: May 21, 2015

Gavin Mannion

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