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Anfield
Liverpool v
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Saturday September 24th 2011, 3pm
Premier League
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!


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