Iain McEwan’s (not THAT Ian McEwan!) My Day at the Match, 5-1 vs Arsenal

Iain McEwan’s (not THAT Ian McEwan!) My Day at the Match, 5-1 vs Arsenal
December 31, 2018 Chris Rowland

 

By Iain McEwan (no, not that …. 😉 ).

My wife, Katie, is from Islington, London and a diehard Arsenal supporter, so I had got us tickets in The Kop as a Christmas present courtesy of another  TTT member.

As we leave our home in Leigh-on-sea, Essex, early on Saturday morning, we reminisce about our first visit to Anfield together in October 2007. That was our fifth date back then, the match ending 1-1 with Cesc Fabregas cancelling out Gerrard’s free kick. The match was far less eventful than our four hour drive up the M1, M6 & M62 as the clutch on my Toyota Celica went just north of Coventry, where we had to be recovered by the RAC and then towed to Northampton so we could pick up a courtesy car and continue on our journey which ended up taking seven hours.

Our journey this time is going much more smoothly but again on the M6 our itinerary for the day was just about to change. A colleague of Katie’s texted her to say she had organised us hospitality tickets and that we she should head to the Main Stand for 15:30. We arrived in Liverpool, parked up the car and checked in to the hotel, walked up to Lime Street and got a cab to the ground. We had been excitedly speculating what hospitality would await us and was half expecting it all to be a joke when we arrived at reception, but sure enough, our names were on the list and we were directed to ‘The Legends Lounge’.

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