Capacity: 45,362 (all seated)
Address: Anfield Road, Liverpool, L4 0TH
Telephone: 0151 260 1433
Fax: 0151 260 8813
Ticket Office: 0151 260 8680
Stadium Tours: 0151 260 6677
Pitch Size: 110 x 75 yards
Club Nickname: The Reds
Year Ground Opened: 1884
Shirt Sponsors: Standard Chartered
Kit Manufacturer: New Balance
Home Kit: All Red With White Trim
Away Kit: White With Red Trim
Third Kit: Black With Grey & Red Trim

Centenary and Anfield Road Stands
Centenary and Anfield Road Stands
Main Stand
Main Stand
The Kop Stand
The Kop Stand
Anfield Road Stand
Anfield Road Stand
Centenary Stand
Centenary Stand

Walking up to the ground alongside Stanley Park, I have to say, that from a distance, Anfield is not particularly impressive. Inside though, the ground is a different proposition. Although showing its age in parts it is a unique venue and one where the stands almost feel that they are imposing upon the pitch.

The famous Kop Terrace at one end of the ground was replaced in 1994 by a huge stand, designed to emulate the shape of the old Kop, hence its kind of semi circular look and large single tier. The other end, the Anfield Road Stand, part of which is given to away supporters, is the most recent addition to the ground, having been opened in 1998. It boosted not only the overall capacity of the stadium, but gave Anfield a more balanced and enclosed feel as the remaining corners were filled. On one side of the stadium is the large, two tiered, Centenary Stand, where the front tier leg room is one of the tightest I have ever known. The Centenary Stand was originally called the Kemlyn Road Stand, part of which was built in 1963 with an additional tier and row of executive boxes being added in 1992. Opposite is the Main Stand. Opened in 1973 it is looking its age with a number of supporting pillars. This stand has a TV gantry suspended beneath its roof. In the corner between the Kop & Centenary stands is an electric scoreboard, which surprise, surprise, shows the match score in bright red letters.

Around the outside of the ground, there are the Bill Shankly Gates on Anfield Road. These wrought iron gates have the legendary Liverpool phrase 'You'll Never Walk Alone' displayed above them. There is also a statue of the great man, Bill Shankly near the Club shop. Also along Anfield Road, there is the moving memorial to the victims of the Hillsborough disaster, which always has flowers adorning it.

Liverpool FC have been given planning permission to expand the capacity of Anfield to 54,000. This will be achieved by the building a new tier on top of the existing Main Stand, the works for which have already begun. The overall capacity of the expanded Main Stand will be 21,000. It is expected to be completed for the start of the 2016/17 season. The Club have also received outline permission to expand at a later date the Anfield Road End, which could further boost the capacity to 58,800. Artists impressions of the how the expanded three tiered Main Stand will look, can be found on the Liverpool FC website.

Away fans are located in the Anfield Road Stand at one end of the ground, where just under 2,000 seats are available, although this can be increased for cup games. This stand is also shared with home supporters, some of whom will be sitting in the small seated tier above the away fans. Malcolm Dawson a travelling Sunderland supporter adds; 'Try to avoid getting tickets sold as restricted view, for the rear rows of the Anfield Road Stand as it can be difficult to see the goals with people standing up in front of you'. 

Kimberly Hill adds; 'Restricted view doesn't even begin to describe what it was like. The Wolves fans insisted on standing so it was like trying to watch the game through a letterbox!' The facilities within the stand are not bad. There is a betting outlet and the refreshment kiosks sell a wide variety of Pies including a 'Scouse Pie' (£3.50), Potato and Meat, Potato and Butter, Cheese Slices and Sausage Rolls (all £3.40).

I have always found it to be a good day out at Anfield, getting the feeling that you are visiting one of the legendary venues in world football. This is enhanced with the teams coming out to 'You'll Never Walk Alone' reverberating around the ground, with the red and white scarves and flags of the fans displayed across the Kop, at the beginning of the match. The atmosphere is normally good, so sit back and enjoy the experience.  

The Arkles pub near to the ground (see directions by car), is known as the away fans pub, but as can be expected it can get extremely crowded. It also has a handy fish and chip shop located just around the corner from it. Mark Parsons a visiting Aston Villa fan adds; 'We arrived at the Arkles at about 1.15pm and already found it packed out, with fans queuing outside to get in. We asked a very helpful WPC for any other away friendly pubs and were told to go to the Flat Iron which was a five minute walk away. Although the pub was mostly full of Liverpool fans, the bars were mixed and all were very friendly. To find this pub, turn left at the junction where Arkles is (opposite direction to where Anfield is over to your right) onto Anfield Road. Head away from the ground and the pub is down at the bottom of this road on the right hand side'. Otherwise located near to the away turnstiles is a food and drink area, which serves alcohol too. Bottles of Carlsberg (500ml) are also available inside the stadium, at a cost of £3.90 each.

Follow the M62 until you reach the end of the motorway (beware of a 50mph speed camera about a 1/4 of a mile from the end of the motorway). Then follow the A5058 towards Liverpool. After three miles turn left at the traffic lights into Utting Avenue (there is a McDonalds on the corner of this junction). Proceed for one mile and then turn right at the Arkles pub for the ground. If you arrive early (around 1pm) then there is street parking to be found. However recently a residents only parking scheme has been introduced in some streets around the ground, so check any signs first. There is fair sized car park in Stanley Park, the entrance to which is off Utting Avenue on Priory Road. This costs £10 to park in, however it can be quite a jam to get out of after the match has ended as there is only one entrance/exit. Otherwise it as an idea to park in the streets around Goodison and walk across Stanley Park to Anfield, or you can park in a secure parking area at Goodison itself which costs £10. 

Rob Campion informs me; 'I parked at The Dockers Club, home of Liverpool County Premier League side Waterloo Dock on Townsend Lane (A580) at a cost of £5. It is then a 15 minute walk to Anfield. I even watched Waterloo Dock v Old Xaverians first, before going to the Liverpool game'.

Post Code for SAT NAV: L4 0TH.

Kirkdale station is the closest to the ground (just under a mile away). However, it may be more advisable to go to Sandhills Station as this has the benefit of a bus service to the ground, which runs for a couple of hours before and a couple of hours after a game and drops you within easy walking distance of the ground. Gary Beaumont adds;  'The best route for away fans from the city centre if they want to use public transport is definitely the Merseyrail Northern Line to Sandhills where they alight and catch the special Soccerbuses; trains can be caught from Liverpool Central and Moorfields.  If fans are buying their train tickets in Liverpool, ask for a return to Anfield as opposed to Sandhills even though that's where you're getting off.  The advantage of doing this is that the train ticket is valid also for the Soccerbus and the additional fare is only £1 return as opposed to £1 each way that you'd have to pay on the bus if you only bought your ticket to Sandhills.  If fans want to get a taxi from Lime Street, they're about £7'. Both Sandhills & Kirkdale stations can be reached by first getting a train from Liverpool Lime Street to Liverpool Central and then changing there.

The main railway station in Liverpool is Lime Street which is located just over two miles away from the ground and so is quite a walk (although it is mostly downhill on the way back to the station), so either head for Sandhills or Kirkdale stations or jump in a taxi. Craig Hochkins adds; 'you can catch various buses from the bus station which is seven minutes walk away from the train station and is well  signposted. Either the 17a 17b 17c or the 26 will drop you right outside the ground at a cost of about a £1. The buses are run by Arriva and the journey takes about 15 to 25 minutes dependant on traffic'. Paul Denman a visiting Hull City fan informs me; 'Although the No 17 Bus took only 15 minutes to reach Anfield from the station, after the game it took almost 50 minutes, as the roads were clogged with fans walking home. However, everyone was friendly. I wore my City shirt with pride, never felt threatened even on the bus and had great conversations with the Liverpool supporters.'

Walking Directions From Kirkdale Station:

On exiting from Kirkdale Station turn right and then cross the railway bridge, you will see a pub opposite called the 'Melrose Abbey', (which has been recommended). Walk up Westminster Road, alongside the pub and continue along it, passing the Elm Tree pub. Follow the road around the right hand bend and then turn left into Bradewell Street. At the end of Bradwell Street you will come to the busy County Road (A59). Cross over this road at the traffic lights and then go down the road to the left of the Aldi superstore. At the end of this road you will reach the A580 Walton Lane. You should be able to see Goodison Park over on your left and Stanley Park in front of you. Cross Walton Lane and either enter Stanley Park following the footpath through the park (keeping to the right), which will exit into Anfield Road and the away end. Or bear right down Walton Lane and then turn left down the road at the end of Stanley Park for the ground. Thanks to Jon Roche for providing these directions.

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The Club operate a category system, so that ticket prices vary with the opposition being played. Category A prices are shown below with B & C shown in brackets:

Home Fans:
Centenary & Main Stands (Centre): Adults £59 (B) £53, (C) £49 Over 65's £44, (B) £40, (C) £37
Centenary & Main Stands (Wings): Adults £56 (B) £51, (C) £47 Over 65's £42, (B) £38, (C) £35
The Kop: Adults £48 (B) £43, (C) £39 Over 65's £36, (B) £32, (C) £29
The Kop (Outer Wings): Adults £46 (B) £41, (C) £37 Over 65's £33, (B) £31, (C) £29.50
Anfield Road Stand*:
Adults £52 (B) £47, (C) £43, Over 65's £39, (B) £35 (C) £32, Under 17's £15 (B) £10 (C) £5

Away Fans:
Anfield Road Stand: 
Adults £52/£50 (B) £47/£45 (C) £43/£41
Over 65's £39/£37.50 (B) £35/£34, (C) £32/£31
Under 17's £15 (B) £10 (C) £5

Category A Matches for the 2014/15 league season are: Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur.

The prices above are for Premier League matches. Other Cup matches (both domestic and European) are priced separately. See the official Liverpool FC website for details.

* In addition the Club offer a number of family tickets in the upper tier of the Anfield Road Stand.

Official Programme: £3
The Liverpool Way Fanzine: £2
Red All Over The Land Fanzine: £2


Everton and Manchester United.

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Record Attendance
61,905 v Wolverhampton Wanderers FA Cup 4th Round, February 2nd, 1952.

Modern All Seated Attendance Record: 45,071 v Manchester City Premier League, November 27th, 2011.

Average Attendance
2014-2015: 44,659 (Premier League)
2013-2014: 44,671 (Premier League)
2012-2013: 44,749 (Premier League)

The Club offer tours of the ground, which operate on a daily basis, except Bank Holidays and matchdays. There is also a museum at the ground and the club offer combined tour & museum tickets as well as individual museum entrance. The costs are:

Ground Tour & Museum:
Adults: £16, Under 16's, Students & OAP's £10, 2 Family: Adults + 2 Children £43
Off Peak Times: Adults: £12, Under 16's, Students & OAP's £9, Family: 2 Adults + 2 Children £34
Matchday: Adults: £20, Under 16's, Students & OAP's £15, Family: 2 Adults + 2 Children £65

Museum Only: Adults: £7, Under 16's, Students & OAP's £5.

To make a tour booking call: 0151 260 6677 or Book Online.

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Special thanks to:

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Haydn Gleed for providing the YouTube video of Anfield.

Liverpool v AFC Bournemouth
Barclays Premier League
Monday 17th August 2015, 8pm
Robbie Sargent (Bournemouth fan)

Why were you looking forward to going to visiting Anfield?

This was Bournemouth's first ever premier league away fixture, so my son and I just had to be there. Also, to have this historic event at one of the world's most iconic football stadium's made it all the more exciting. Having studied in Liverpool (and lived in Anfield) I had been to the ground before, but had never seen the Cherries play there.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?    

Being exiled in Milton Keynes, the journey involved the M1, and M6 - not my favourite motorways! Everything was fine until an incident on the M6 around Stoke, but a quick detour off the motorway allayed any fears of being late for a huge game for us Bournemouth fans. We made the mistake of parking in a car park off Utting Avenue (just close to the Priory Road junction). It was £10 to park there and whilst it was marshalled, the exit after the game was chaotic to say the least - and took about 30 minutes.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

We visited the Arkles pub on the corner of Utting Avenue and Anfield Road. Very friendly atmosphere, lots of Bournemouth fans in club colours mixing with the Liverpool supporters. This was my local back in my student days, where I used to get a bowl of scouse stew when competing in the pub quiz every week. No sign of the scouse this time, but a reasonable selection of beers and well priced too. My son and I then had some chips from the chippy two doors down from the pub on Anfield Road. Would recommend this - good service, cheap and tasty chips, sausages and pies.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?    

I'd been to Anfield before so maybe was not as 'wowed' as some of my fellow Bournemouth fans. It is a fantastic stadium, but the views from the away end can be mixed - especially at the back rows of the lower tier where you have a "letterbox effect".

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

I felt we were very unlucky to lose - we had a goal harshly disallowed for a push within the first five minutes and then Liverpool scored a goal that the Premier League later confirmed as being an erroneous decision by the linesman. Atmosphere was very poor from the home fans, although I do understand Bournemouth is hardly a mouthwatering prospect for the locals when they've got Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal and Everton to worry about!! Stewards were great - very friendly and helpful.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

As noted above, we chose the wrong car park!

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It's always disappointing when you lose, especially to some very poor officiating. But, to see Bournemouth play a league fixture at Anfield was a great experience. Liverpool fans were great before and after the game and I am excited about going back next season after we've avoided relegation!

Liverpool v AFC Bournemouth
Barclays Premier League
Monday 17th August 2015, 8pm
Adie Brown (Bournemouth fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting Anfield?

Anfield has long been a 'Bucket List' ground for me, as I see it as one the monuments of world football. I'd made a deal with myself that I'd only go though when Bournemouth got to play there so it's taken a while for all of the ducks to get themselves into the right row - the fact we got to play there in our first away fixture in the Premier League made this an absolute must-go-to game for me when the fixtures were published.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?    

Pretty easy if I'm honest. I'd heard some horror stories about how difficult parking was around Anfield (In reality you don't need to pay one of the local kids a parking fee....) And yeah, there are a lot of parking restrictions in the surrounding streets. As it was I'd made good time on my journey up to Liverpool and the ground was 15 or so minutes from the end of the M62. I ended up finding one of the match day parking areas about 200m on from the Kop Stand on Walton Breck Road (It's on the junction for Burleigh Road South). Fairly standard £10 affair, and close to the ground so perfect. Run by a couple of Everton fans so had a laugh with them as I was paying. Exiting wasn't so easy with volume of traffic, the cars are lined up and boxed in to get as many in as possible so if you're first're definitely last out.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

My one major character flaw is that I cannot bear to be late for anything...I excelled myself on this occasion and arrived four hours before kick off as I thought the traffic on the M1 and M6 would be worse than it was. Wasn't a huge issue though, as I killed the required time I needed to wait for my mates to arrive with the match tickets by wandering around the stadium and taking a visit to the Hillsborough Memorial, Club Shop and Museum which is well worth an hour of your time. Was disappointed to see the Shankley Gates in temporary storage whilst the renovation works are completed, but totally understand why they had been packed away. A couple of other mates arrived earlier in the day and spent some time at the Albert Dock and Cavern Club too which is a shirt taxi ride away. I found the locals to be friendly enough, sat in Stanley park with a bag of chips waiting for everyone else to turn up with no issues. 

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Anfield?    

Driving past the Kop you know exactly where you are. The rest of the ground is fairly non eventful from the outside. However, the metalwork and framework is being constructed and gives a good impression to the size and scale of the new stand.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..  

Don't have the Scouse pie! It tasted like something found in Stanley Park that was eaten and thrown up by a feral cat before being wrapped in pastry. Seriously. Facilities were good, appreciated being able to pay via card at the food kiosk too. I have to say I was a little disappointed by the atmosphere, the teams emerging to "You'll' Never Walk Alone" was cracking with all four sides of the ground singing - but in terms of noise that was it from the home fans. I'd hoped for more at the first home game of the new season. The stadium is impressive and one of the few 'proper' ones left with the emergence of the identikit bowls now favoured by clubs. It definitely has character. The leg room in the away fans stand was extremely cosy but I'd recommend avoiding the back rows or "restricted view" seats as much as possible, if you're under the tier above towards the back of the stand where people in front choose not to sit your view will extend to the top of the crossbar of the goal in front of you. Fortunately we were halfway back and unobstructed - but it's a word of caution I'd take onboard if I were you...

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Took about an hour and a half to get back onto the motorway....but I'd parked right by the ground so be prepared to wait it out if you do the same.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Great, we lost 1-0 and had some dodgy decisions given against us. Lino needs to learn the new interpretation of the offside rule. Let's leave that there though... As a day out - it's up there with the best I've experienced as a fan and one I'd recommend to anyone.

Liverpool v Sunderland
Premier League
Saturday, December 6th, 2014, 3pm
Kyle Hall (Sunderland fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I was really looking forward to this game as it was my first time to Liverpool and this was an important game. Having seen it many times on tv, I was excited to actually see for myself what the Kop End was like and the atmosphere at Anfield. As Liverpool were missing Sturridge I was some what confident, that we could get a result.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I got a train from Sunderland, which took about 3 ½ hours. We got off at Liverpool Lime Street station to look around but wasn’t much there, so we decided to walk to the ground using the maps app on my phone. Looking back this might not have been the best thing to do as we went through some grotty parts of the city. However, on the way we did walk through a nice park which had a really good view of the whole of Liverpool so a good picture point. Ten minutes later we were at Anfield. Overall it took about 25/30 minutes to walk from Lime Street.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

When we got to the stadium I did my normal tradition of getting a programme. It was very busy around the ground even though it was about and kick off was still two hours away. We went to the nearby “Arkles” pub which was for away fans and got a pint and watched the rest of the Chelsea vs Newcastle match on the big projector screen they have there.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

After getting a quick look at Evertons ground on the other side of Stanley Park and the Hillsborough Memorial, we went into the ground. The concourse was very cramped and we had to squeeze past a number of supporters to get to the toilets. As it was so busy, we decided against trying to get a drink and went to take up our seats. The view from our seats was not the best but it wasn’t as bad as the people right at the back of the stand.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

When the players came out and Liverpool’s “You’ll never walk alone” song came on I started to get very excited. I could see the Liverpool fans in the Kop,  holding scarf’s up but our chants were loud and I couldn’t hear any of the song. When the game kicked off the flags and scarves went down and everyone sat down? Didn’t hear from the Liverpool fans after that. Was a game full of chances for us but we really didn’t take them and the game just ended 0-0 with not much to say about the match due to the stalemate. Good point for us and can’t really be disappointed with it.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

The streets were jam packed with disappointed scousers bemoaning about not having a penalty awarded to them (it looked like a blatant dive to me). Once we got away from the ground and started walking back to the station it was starting to get dark so once again saw the great view of Liverpool.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Good point and some promise from the team shown. Long journey back home but a good memory of the day. Shocked by the awful support of how quiet the Liverpool’s fans were though but would go again.

Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion
Premier League
Saturday, October 4th, 2014, 3pm
Lee Jones (West Brom fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I had been to Liverpool many times over the years but wanted to try sampling a little of the city centre before the game. We therefore decided to go on the train. I was a little worried that our 10.10am arrival may be a little too early but worries were unfounded as other Baggies fans were travelling on our train too. There are also so many excellent pubs in the City that extra time gave us an opportunity to visit more (I can highly recommend the Philharmonic, The Fly in The Loaf and The Shipping Forecast)

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Lime Street Station is right in the Centre of town and made it easy to find our way around. I might get used to this form of travel as it is so much easier than having to find car parks etc.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

We started with breakfast at a “Greasy Spoon” right next to the station to set us up for the day, which was spot on .We then thoroughly enjoyed our pub tour and chatting to the locals who were all very friendly. All happy to talk football and enjoy friendly banter. We actually found ourselves running a little later than planned as time ran away, so joined a taxi queue to get us to the game in time. The fare from the City to the Ground was only £7 between 4 of us, very reasonable.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

I like Anfield but the away supporters are housed in the aging Anfield Road end where, if you have a restricted view seat, makes seeing the game VERY difficult. The general stadium is very impressive though and if you haven’t been before, is well worth a visit. The Kop though not what it was, is still impressive and has it’s history and there are the staues and the Hillsborough commemoration stones. If you are a football fan it is all striking.  

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The atmosphere has not been the same since the Kop became all seater, for obvious and important (especially to the Club) reasons. I remember watching it fill up in the ‘70’s when the gates shut an hour before kick-off and that was impressive and intimidating. The feel is now more of entertainment rather than the passion it had before and I was surprised at how little the Liverpool fans sing. We had been drowned out in the past but not these days. The concourse at the back of the stand is not massive but adequate and the staff wear away team T Shirts and there is a sign welcoming the day’s visitors. All nice touches. The pies looked good though I didn’t have one and stewarding was relaxed and standing was ignored/allowed.

We played well throughout and got a leveller in the second half but dropped off a little and Liverpool went on to win 2-1. A good showing from us though and we went home reasonably happy.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

It is a bit of a route march back into town and we did call into a local to break the journey. Luckily for us, a taxi dropped right next to us and we managed to get back quite quickly after that. I would recommend a taxi/bus back though. Once in the City, we had a couple of hours to kill before our return train so found a couple of pubs and watched the football on the TV. All in all, a great day. Hopefully a journey we will repeat next year.

Liverpool v Arsenal
Premier League
Sunday, February 8th, 2014, 12.45pm
By Jack Richards (Arsenal fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I had never been to Liverpool before so I was looking forward to visiting a new stadium. Other than that it was just another away game to go to.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

It's quite confusing once you get off at Liverpool Central. We tried looking for the bus service but couldn't be bothered in the end and just got a taxi to the ground which cost £8 for two people. It dropped us off outside the Arkles pub and we stayed there for about 20 minutes before walking to the ground. 

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

We got into the ground with around half an hour to go and the concourse was already filling up and the atmosphere was great, but it was impossible to get food because everyone was standing in the way. 

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

We had separate tickets but decided to try and stand together with some people we know, that came around 10 minutes before kick off. It was a bit cramped but the stewards were fine with it, unlike at other grounds. It's a fairly big stadium in real life, considering it only holds 45,000. The Kop looked brilliant and it stands out massively, even though it's the same height as the other stands. The stand to our right looked pretty old and had poles supporting the roof. I obviously didn't see much of the away end with me being in it, but I can confirm that having been to see what the view was like from the back row, it is atrocious. I don't know how anyone could stand there all game without moving.  

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

We were in good voice up until the 3rd goal went in. After that, no one seemed to be up for singing. It was annoying seeing people walk out after only 70 odd minutes. People actually decided to support the team and it was non stop singing until full time. As I said before, the stewards were fine with everything and there was no problems at all.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

As soon as the game finished we walked out of the ground and waited for a good 15 minutes before getting a taxi back to the station. We parted with the others and got the train back to Birmingham, arriving home in good time. It was a pretty good day out considering the result. Bring on March! 

Liverpool v West Ham United
Premier League
Sunday, April 7th, 2013, 1.30pm
By James Prentice (Doing The 92)

1.Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be): 

Anfield is a ground I had wanted to visit for years but given that tickets are usually difficult to come by I hadn’t had the chance to make the journey. So, after eluding me for so many years, when the chance of a ticket in the away end for Liverpool’s match against West Ham came up, I didn’t have to think twice. I would have liked to have sat in one of the home areas, but just to get to a game there was good enough so I quickly made plans to get over to Liverpool for the lunchtime kick off. The Reds, for a number of reasons, are not my favourite club, but I decided to put any preconceptions to one side and enjoy the day out.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking? 

I left Lincoln early doors and drove to Liverpool, using the Woodhead Pass (which offers some great scenery) before joining up with the M60 and the M62. After leaving the motorway I drove for just under three miles before finding somewhere to leave my car. On the advice of an exiled Scouser I work with, I parked just off Queen’s Drive, to the north of Anfield. The streets south of this all have ‘residents only’ parking restrictions so I would recommend that fans leave their cars here. From this area I only had a short 15 minute walk to the vicinity of the stadium.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly? 

Being a football grounds enthusiast, and having arrived in plenty of time, I first went for a walk around Goodison Park, home of Everton FC. This was a real trip down memory lane – I first visited this ground in 1997 and then again in 1998 but haven’t returned since. I would like to go back again, however, as it is a really lovely old ground that has a nice mix of tradition and modernity. After taking a couple of pictures of the exterior I walked through Stanley Park towards Anfield. While I am not a fan of Liverpool, I can appreciate the size of the club and the loyalty of the supporters and enjoyed having a look around such parts as the Paisley Gateway, the Shankly Gates and the Hillsborough Memorial. As the Arkles pub was packed out, I opted for a swift pint in the open area behind the Anfield Road end, which is run by Willow Catering. Most of the home fans seemed to be keeping themselves to themselves, although I often find this is the case at Sunday matches – supporters up and down the country usually seem to be in better spirits on Saturdays.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

I took my seat in the Anfield Road End, becoming an honorary Hammer for the afternoon, having grabbed a Scouse pie from one of the kiosks (it was tasty, if a little dry). The view from my seat – half way up the stand - was good, although in line with reports I have read on this website I am sure that the sightlines are much poorer at the front and at the very back, where the overhang from the upper tier can be a real impediment. The stadium looked just as I had imagined from pictures I had seen beforehand – the Main Stand reminded me of the East Stand at White Hart Lane; the Centenary stand looks extremely smart; and the Kop is simply huge considering it is a single-tiered affair. Overall, Anfield is a good-looking stadium and I can imagine it is a pretty intimidating place for away sides despite not being of the sheer size of a ground like Old Trafford or the Emirates.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc...

The game was, in short, a massive disappointment! I had hoped to see the net bulge a few times, but alas the goalless affair was one of far too many that I have seen over the last couple of seasons. Liverpool never really got going after becoming disheartened against a stubborn West Ham side, while the visitors could have snatched something had they been more clinical with the few good openings they created. 

To their credit, the stewards were pretty anonymous and let the West Ham fans – who stood all game – get on with supporting their side. The home fans were pretty quiet throughout – perhaps due to a combination of it being a Sunday lunchtime and a frustrating showing from their team – while the visiting Hammers were in good voice throughout, fashioning a chant comparing Jonjo Shelvey to Lord Voldemort from Harry Potter that was mentioned in the 606 e-newsletter the following day. The pre-match chorus of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ was not sung with the gusto that I’d imagined, and only about one in five Liverpool fans seemed to hold scarves aloft during this anthem, which was a surprise. This led the Hammers to chant, ‘where’s your famous atmosphere?’ Perhaps Reds fans make more of an effort for big/derby matches? The kiosks seemed few and far between and the concourses certainly didn’t seem spacious, although I understand that this will change when the long-awaiting redevelopment of Anfield takes place.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game: 

I had a short journey back to the car and was on the road pretty quickly. There were a few young lads hanging around not far from my car, and when I drove off they told me in cement-thick Scouse that they had ‘minded my car’ and I owed them money! I couldn’t help but be reminded of Glasgow at this point, as the exact same thing happens there.  Surprisingly, it didn’t take more than about 15 minutes to get back on to the M62 and before I knew it I was on the outskirts of Manchester and well on my way home. 

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

While I would have liked to have been able to make a proper day out of it – and for a Saturday match at that – I enjoyed my trip to Anfield. I have always admired the passion that the fans have for the game and have only experienced fanaticism to such a degree in Manchester and Glasgow, and possibly in Newcastle. I would like to go back at some point and hope to make another trip when the stadium has been redeveloped. This is scheduled to commence pretty soon, although I know some Liverpool fans will be sceptical until it happens given the years of false dawns surrounding their relocation to a new ground. Whilst it might be better in some ways for the club to move to a purpose-built, Emirates-style bowl, I can’t help but admire the fact that they’re trying to remain at their spiritual home despite the hurdles they will have to overcome to do this. If only more clubs – like West Ham – were prepared to do this.

Liverpool v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Premier League
Saturday September 24th 2011, 3pm
By Daniel Boucher (Wolves fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I was looking forward to go to Anfield as an away supporter for a while and as soon as the fixtures were published in the summer, this fixture was the first to catch my eye. I have always wanted to view the famous Kop from the opposite end and witness the sea of red scarves and hear 'You'll Never Walk Alone' bellow out around Anfield before the start of the game.    2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I travelled to Liverpool with the official supporters coach, so we found Anfield pretty easily as the coaches park just round the corner from Anfield Road. As for the journey, we managed it in just under two hours and the stadium is visible from where the coaches are parked, and the away section is about 100 yards away.   

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

As soon as the coaches were parked, we could see that the Arkles Pub was packed with Wolves fans and they was spilling out onto the street. So decided to head towards the Flat Iron Pub which is just down the road from the Arkles heading away from the stadium. The Flat Iron is a rough looking pub from the outside but inside it is brilliant, it was welcoming to Wolves supporters but there was only a handful of Wolves supporters in there. We socialised with the Liverpool fans and stayed in there until about 2pm. We then headed towards the stadium and came across a fantastic chippy that was very cheap, I would massively recommend the chips with curry sauce, which was fantastic. There was no trouble whatsoever outside the stadium and both sets of fans mixed in the streets.   

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

We then got to the away turnstiles and had a quick look at the Hillsborough Memorial which is situated right next to the away section in Anfield Road. Anfield looks dated outside and inside, but this is why its so famous and makes Anfield what it is. The concourse is very small and was not really suitable for the 2000 travelling Wolves fans. When at our seats, the stands are so close and compact which generates a fantastic atmosphere! But the leg room was tight! We was allocated the left side of the bottom tier and there were Liverpool supporters in the upper tier, i witnessed no disruption from Wolves and Liverpool supporters.   

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

The first half saw a dreadful performance from Wolves and we found ourselves 2-0 down going into the break. The atmosphere was great at the start with 'You'll Never Walk Alone' and the Wolves fans were in full voice. But when the game is underway, the Liverpool supporters were silent and the only noise was coming from the Wolves section. At half time I decided to go for a pie and a pint but the concourse was really really packed and it took me 15 minutes to get to the front of the queue to find out they stop serving beer at 4pm (for a 3pm kick off) and hardly had any food left. This angered many Wolves supporters, especially missing Stephen Fletchers goal which he scored just after half time. The stewards were very helpful and there was no trouble between stewards and spectators, the toilets were basic and compact but that is what I would expect for an old, historic stadium like Anfield.   

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting from the stadium was fairly easy and we were back on the coach 10 minutes after the final whistle. We got back to Molineux at about 7.30pm.  

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my day out at Anfield even though the Wolves lost. I mainly enjoyed mixing with the Liverpool supporters in the Flat Iron Pub before the game and witnessing 'You'll Never Walk Alone' before the start of the match. Was gutted to miss Fletcher's goal because queuing in the concourse but overall a brilliant day out and I will definitely be returning to Anfield again, hopefully with Wolves if we avoid relegation!

Liverpool v Rabotnicki
Europa League 3rd Qualifying Round
Thursday August 5th 2010, 8pm
By James Baxter (Neutral fan)

This was not my first ever visit to Anfield but the last one was in May 1989, just a month or so after the Hillsborough disaster, when I stood in the Kop with a Liverpool supporting friend for a game against QPR. I remember nothing about the game itself, other than that Liverpool earned a routine 2-0 win. The atmosphere, though, was both unforgettable and very difficult to describe. The tragedy was still very recent so there was poignancy and a kind of sad dignity in the air. There were also feelings of friendship and mutual respect, one manifestation of which was the warm applause given to safety announcements over the tannoy.

I’d always wanted to return but living abroad and the fact that most Liverpool games sell out before tickets go on general sale made it difficult. The Rabotnicki game, ‘perhaps the most low key European night in Liverpool’s history’ according to one newspaper report, provided a rare opportunity so my girlfriend, my Dad and I, to all made the trip.

Getting to Anfield from the city centre is not a problem. Several buses drop you right outside the Kop, numbers 17 and 26 seeming to be the most frequent. It’s good to allow plenty of time though as the buses get crowded and often find themselves stuck in traffic. One thing I’d forgotten from 1989 but was reminded of during the journey was how many Liverpool fans take taxis to Anfield. Several cabs, most with four or more people in them, passed us on the way.

One of the best things about a game where a sizeable crowd is expected is the pre-match ‘buzz’ outside the ground, which consists of fans following their rituals; waiting for friends, queuing to pick up tickets, getting fast-food or spilling out of pubs. At Anfield, this is all somehow enhanced. It’s difficult to know how or why but perhaps it’s something to do with the aura the ground holds or its traditional surroundings of street upon street of terraced houses.

The gates, statues and, of course, the Hillsborough Memorial are all impressive. The stands themselves, however, from the outside at least, make little impression. Inside, the ground seems smaller than you might expect. It seems smaller too than grounds with lower capacities, such as Villa Park. Perhaps this is because Liverpool have crammed more seats into less space. Also, of course, unlike at Villa, the corners at Anfield are all filled in. 

Our seats were in the upper tier of the Centenary Stand where the views are excellent but the legroom is not. The Kop, as usual, was full but there were empty seats in both the Main Stand and the Anfield Road end. The atmosphere was understandably flat at times but the Kop did give two fine renditions of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’. I was disappointed that the first, before the game started, was prompted by the tannoy so it was good to hear the more spontaneous second one late in the game.

As for the game itself, it would have been more interesting if Rabotnicki had been able to cause Liverpool’s second string more problems in the first leg in Macedonia. As it was, Liverpool were 2-0 up going into the Anfield leg so were always going to progress. The main interest for me was in Joe Cole’s debut (his performance was worth the entrance money on its own) and in whether Steven Gerrard would look happy in a more withdrawn midfield role (he did, mostly). A goal from the enigmatic David N’gog and a Gerrard penalty gave Liverpool another 2-0 win. Rabotnicki reminded me of Tony Mowbray’s WBA when they were in the Premier League. Occasionally, they passed the ball sweetly around Liverpool. But they were error-prone in defence and clueless whenever they got near the home team’s penalty area.

Getting back to Liverpool city centre afterwards was an adventure. We found ourselves on a red London double-decker which clearly was not one of the ‘regular’ city buses. In fact, it looked like it had been ‘retired’ from official service years ago. Besides the driver, there was guy on it who kept leaning out and touting for passengers. Part of his pitch was that it was the last bus back to town, that there were no more 17s or 26s. This clearly wasn’t true but no matter ; we got back with no problems.

Anfield was definitely worth a return visit. I’d be up for going again but preferably to see Liverpool up against stiffer opposition than Rabotnicki.

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Updated 2nd October 2015