1. Why you were looking forward to
going to the ground (or not as the case may be)
I am a Derby fan and its been five long years
since we have played premiership football and
back then I was gutted to have missed the trips
to Anfield. I made
sure I wasn't going to miss the trip this time
round (as we might be
in the Championship
next year and Liverpool are moving to a new stadium) so when
tickets went on sale to season ticket holders I
dragged my girlfriend along to the ticket office
to queue outside at 7am. We were rewarded
for our early turn out as we were second in a
massive queue and when the ticket
office opened at 9am we were the first
to come out with the tickets in our hands.
Out of all the premiership grounds Anfield was
the ground I was looking forward to visiting the
most. It has the most history and for the
4 weeks building up
to the game I could hardly wait. My only concern
was how the team would do as we had lost 4 -0
the previous week at
White hart lane, Oh well.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
The journey was okay, we got a supporters coach
down to the Liverpool at 10:30am and everyone
was excited about the game. We stopped off
once for a toilet break but still arrived at
Anfield in good time, around 1:30pm. There
was no traffic as there was a police escort
which was good.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
Me and my mate decided to have a few pints at
the Arkles pub which is opposite from where the
away coaches park. It was mostly Derby
fans but there were
also a few Liverpool supporters and although it
took ages to get to the bar, the atmosphere was
friendly and not intimidating. There was a
big screen at one end of the pub and tv's dotted
around showing Sky Sports News.
A program seller also came in and I brought a
program for £3.
When we left however there was a big queue outside the pub waiting to
get in, so if you want to go then I'd go as
early as you can because it was one in, one out.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the
As we left the pub you could see the corner of
the ground rising above the houses and I have to
admit as we got closer you truly realised what a
legendary stadium it is. There was lots of
stalls selling what seemed like hundreds of
different Liverpool scarfs and badges etc.
We had a look at the Hillsborough
Memorial and had a
stroll round to the Kop
which was everything I had
imagined. I had been told that Anfield was
quite intimidating but this like most
stereotypes of supporters was untrue. The
atmosphere around the ground was really friendly
and derby fans wearing shirts mingled with Liverpool supporters
without any problems. There was a police
presence but not major and it was a sight to see
the traditional mounted police and they were
really friendly and let kids pat the horses
which was good.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, toilets etc..
Me and my mate however were searched by the
police upon entering the ground but they were
friendly enough and only doing their job. When we
entered the concourse
the Derby fans were all ready singing and we
didn't need much
encouragement to join in.
There were a lot more stewards and police inside
than outside but that's always the case in the
away end. When we walked up to our seats
the stadium was breath taking, the Kop had flags
and scarfs waving and
the stadium was filling up nicely. Then
came the famous "you'll never walk alone" which
was a sight to see with all the scarfs. I
was however a bit
surprised that the Liverpool fans went quite
from then on. The game was good, we held
them of for 20mins until Alonso fired in a
superb free kick from 25 yards, which produced a
deafening roar from the Anfield faithful.
By half time we were two down but that didn't
dampen the spirit of the Derby fans. The
queues for the bar at half time were bearable
and the prices were what you'd expect at any
football ground. By full time it was 6 - 0
to Liverpool but I was a little disappointed
that Liverpool fans were still out sang by 3000
Derby fans who had been hammered 6 - 0 and a lot
of them were already leaving 15
minutes early which was very odd.
I'm not making it up
either, it said so in the papers the next day
that, the Kop started to sing
"were going to win the league" but it was
soon drowned out by Derby fans
singing "Premiership and were having a
laugh" I've got no doubts however that if it was
the local derby against Everton they'd be more
vocal. The ground did have that feel that
it could produce an electric atmosphere it was a
pity I didn't experience it.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after
No problems at all, there was a bit of traffic
which is expected but apart from that it was
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out
All in all it was a really enjoyable experience
and I'm glad to be able to say I've been to
Anfield. The ground was amazing, the home
fans were friendly and I didn't feel intimidated
at all. The stewards and the police were
friendly and did a very good job at controlling
the fans and adding to the experience. I
was a little disappointed with the atmosphere of
the home fans and the 6 - 0 hammering we got but
that's premiership football and its clear that
we've been thrown into the deep end, I just hope
we start to swim sooner rather than later.
The Derby fans however did the club proud, we
sang from the begin to the end even after the embarrassing score line and
from what I've been
told and read we out sang 40,000 home fans and
we were still singing
in the concourses after the game and all the way
home to Derby.
If you haven't been to
Anfield then try your best to go its the best away ground I've been to so far.