Tuesday, 16 September 2008

WALKING THE WALK

At Anfield last Saturday, reporting on Liverpool v Manchester Utd for Setanta. Great atmosphere and an exciting game. The choreography was interesting too. They've moved the "Walk Alone" slot. For many years George Sefton, Anfield's venerable announcer, has played the club's famous anthem after announcing the team selections, just before the players come out. On Saturday he played it with the teams already on the pitch, so that Gerry Marsden's hymn perfectly filled the time leading right up to the kick-off. If they make this a new ritual, it means visiting teams will have 40,000 voices hurling emotion at them until the very moment they start the game. Could be an effective weapon - although United clearly took it the wrong way by scoring after only two minutes play!
Another note from Anfield was the appearance of a light aeroplane which spent the entire second half circling the stadium, towing a banner in the shape of a red shirt. This was part of the fans' protest against their American owners. This bit didn't really work - partly because the lettering on the banner was too small to read, and also because the action down below was far too absorbing to encourage distractions from overhead.

2 comments:

Sleaves said...

Did you enjoy the game Charlie, I thought it was dull at times with little glimpses of great players at small times throughout.
Where were you last Saturday?

Charlie Lambert said...

The game itself wasn't that great but the atmosphere made it special - and it was a very significant result for Liverpool, coming from behind to beat their old enemy. Last Saturday it was Blackburn v Fulham for me. 1-0 to Blackburn. Not a great game either but we saw a well-taken goal by Matt Derbyshire which made me ponder how much this promising young Englishman is having his development restricted by the presence of overseas players.