Thank you to Ryan Neill, a member of the Fields Of Anfield Road Facebook group for emailing tell us about the time he met Jamie Carragher and what it meant to him …..
Meeting a Legend……
This was definately my best memory of ever attending a Liverpool game. It was on Sunday 30th March 2014 v Tottenham Hotspur, and was a 4-0 victory for the mighty reds!!!
I’d just completed a night shift on the railway and only finished work before dinnertime on the Sunday. My mate was picking me up at 12:30 as we had vip tickets for a meal and drinks beforehand. As you can imagine i was shattered but the sheer buzz/excitement carried me through that day.
During halftime after I had been for a ‘tinkle’ I came out of the gents and who do i bump into?? The great man himself, Jamie Carragher! I was like a giddy little school girl begging him for a photo and this is the result!!!
A great day, a great result and to top it off when I got home and I checked my coupon I’d had a lovely little win aswell.
Thank you Ryan for sharing this great experience with us.
When we asked for guest bloggers to write for us here at the 23 Foundation we were naturally a little wary about what we would receive in our inbox. A week or two ago this arrived in our inbox and what a lovely read it proves to be …. whilst showing us all that Liverpool FC are ‘a special club with special fans’
Thank you to Luqman Guee from Singapore for this great guest blog, and with our further ado here it is ……
6,821 miles, that’s the distance between Liverpool and my homeland known as Singapore however it didn’t stop me from supporting our Reds since 1977. In May 2013, I’ve decided to make my maiden trip to Liverpool, travelling alone to fulfill my dream was so excited and yet felt some worrying as I was travelling alone until I came to know Micheal Hinden.
Just imagine Michael age 75, a season ticket holder for more than half a century, have attended 4 out of 5 winning Champion League Cup finals and known as “Mr Liverpool” living in Childwall, an affluent suburb of Merseyside. He provide after match reports through his emails and have a respected following of more than 600 followers worldwide. We have been communicating thru emails, phone calls before the actual trip and I’ve instantly felt his warmest, caring as a great fatherly figure. When we finally met, my feelings for him was reaffirmed, we both enjoyed each other’s company during my 10 days stay at his place. Each day, I had my own LFC’s related activities, leaving his place as early as 9am and be back as late as 3am. I still remembered his words, “Usually friends stay at his place at most 4 days and I was the only one who did it for 10 days. Judging from who I’ve met in Liverpool, he would take atleast 10 years to do so but I did it in 10 days”. I’m heavily blushed in hearing it. He conduct his own local tours, that includes driving us to front of the players’s home and describe to us who stays there. Such a privilege indeed!
In the following year 2014, I’ve stayed another 15 days at his place and I knew Liverpool has become my 2nd home. I’ve set another milestone by attending Liverpool’s 1st players’ award, met wonderful players including King Kenny and Stevie G. Life was very rosy and sweet until afew months later when I rec’d an email from his son, informing me his father Michael has passed away suddenly on 23rd January 2015. My world has crumpled and crashed badly as a fatherly figure has left me. I wasn’t alone feeling the sadness, alot of them responded and gave their fair sharing of contributions. Some managed to share this sad news at our LFC website, which can be read HERE.
I always take the Mersey Ferries twice(beginning and last day) during each stays however when I came to know Michael’s ashes has been dispersed into the Mersey river, I knew I’m going to have mixed feelings for my next Mersey Ferries ride. Michael’s son knew how close we were, asked whether do I want anything from his dad’s belongings. I knew Michael loves to read LFC related books, his favourite is Carragher’s book which he read many times. It came to a surprised I’ve rec’d two large boxes of memorabilias that includes Carragher’s book and his favourite Liverpool Champion League’s cap which he wears it on match day at Anfield.
As I’m typing this sharing with a heavy heart, my sadness drove down and I really miss my fatherly figure, the late Michael Hinden! I know I may not see you anymore, I can still feel your presence especially right now as I will be wearing your cap to attend any matches. You’ll certinaly Never Walk Alone my friend……we will meet up one day!
Pictured is Luqman with the late Michael Hindman.
Please note the above text hasn’t been edited at all because we appreciate that this is a story written from the heart ….
Jamie Carragher’s retirement was a huge disappointment to every Liverpool FC fan even though we knew it was coming. Carra is our ‘home grown Scouser’ and a true LFC legend and none of us wanted his incredible career on the pitch to come to an end!
In our shop we have a special collectors tribute dedicated to Carra and his career at Liverpool …. and its available to buy for only £25 +postage.
Where else can you buy a genuine signed piece of LFC history that is 100% authentic for £25?
What a great gift for LFC friends and family, or why not treat yourself to it …. buy it HERE today.
PS: Any if you pay an extra £25 he will even dedicate it with whatever message you like too ….. wow!!!!
The 23 Foundation would like to thank Colin Murray on behalf of football fans everywhere for taking the decision to quit his presenting job at Talk Sport. Quitting a job is never easy, and to do it over a principle is huge decision to take.
Colin has taken this decision based on the affiliation the new owners of Talk Sport have with an unnamed newspaper that we wouldn’t care to mention on a respectable website such as this one.
I am sure the families of the 96, Liverpool fans, the people of Liverpool and Football Fans across the world will all appreciate how big a gesture this is and what you have given up, so thank you Colin.
If you are a Liverpool fan will you ever forget the 2005 Champions League final in Istanbul?
The game was astonishing with Liverpool being 3-0 down at half-time, to pull the game back to 3-3 in the 2nd half and then they went on and win on penalties!
We don’t need to be telling you this though …. every Liverpool fan has watched this game numerous times and the result is engrained in our heads and hearts forever!
Here at the 23 Foundation we have been selling Istanbul programmes hand signed by Jamie Carragher for just £45 + delivery, or for an extra £25 you can add a special personalised message from Jamie too! This is a bargain when you consider other reputable memorabilia sites are selling these for £145 (for the signed version).
The personalised version is only available from the 23 Foundation at this incredible price.
Buy the signed Istanbul programme by clicking here
Warning: The programme stocks are getting low now, and because its not being published and printed any more once these stocks have gone, they have gone. So if you want an incredible piece of history, signed and personalised by one of our stars on the night, don’t hesitate and buy one today!