Man, do I have stories for you today. The day started bright and early at 7am when Sean and I had to leave the airbnb rental so we could take the underground to catch our two and a half hour train ride to Liverpool. As we entered the train we saw a few others wearing Liverpool kits which was a relief, I was worried we would get stuck on a train with all away team fans.
Sean and I had a couple early morning beers and some talk about sports, and we struck up a conversation with the man sitting next to us. He was interested by our American accents and asked if we liked American football, and of course we said yes. It was a good thing we did because he had two extra tickets to the San Francisco 49ers vs Jacksonville Jaguars NFL game at Wembley stadium in London for the next day. He said he couldn't go and couldn't even give them away to his friends and passed them on to us, what a nice guy. But more on that later.
As we arrived at Liverpool Station, we joined the ranks in a long queue for taxis. When we got to the front of the line I devised a way to save some money and asked everyone behind us if they were also going to Anfield Stadium and wanted to share a taxi. Lucky for us the two people behind us spoke up and joined us. They were a nice couple from Hong Kong, and the girl was in love with Steven Gerrard (I can definitely relate (Kelly note: that is Chris relating...not me, but I see her point)). We must have been pretty friendly to them since they offered to pay for the ride altogether. If you're counting that is two free NFL tickets and one free taxi ride all before noon.
As we got to the stadium it was apparent why Liverpool fans are stereotyped as blue collar workers. It's because they are. All around the stadium were small side streets with small two story houses all connected together, like something out of the Green Street Hooligans movie. Just down the street was 'The Sandon' which is where our hospitality package began with a lunch buffet and drinks.