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October 29, 2014
by Jim Boardman
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TEN years after winning Ol’ Big Ears for a fifth time in Istanbul the class of 2005 are getting together in Liverpool to celebrate a night we’ll never forget.

On May 25 2015, ten years to the day (time zones excepted) since Liverpool won it for keeps the city’s Echo Arena will play host to a bit of a party. A lot of a party.

Istanbul Reunion

The Istanbul Reunion Night will be a one-off, for one night only, giving everyone who went through that roller coaster of a night the chance to relive the memories from what is arguably the greatest moment in Liverpool’s history.

Whether you were one of those lucky enough to be in the Ataturk or daft enough to leave at half time, whether you were forced to watch it on the box or to try and listen to it in work, we all know where we were in Istanbul. Except Michael Owen.

We might never get another night like Istanbul but this will be a good way to remember it.

The night will include comments and commentary from those “at the heart of the Miracle of Istanbul”. The build-up. The nerves. The torture. 3-0 to AC Milan at half time. Half-time. The first goal back. The second. The third. The comeback. Extra time. Penalties. We won it Five Times.

Five times.

How big is that cup?

What kind of a night will it be in the Echo Arena? Jamie Carragher thinks it could be special: “If the fans who were in Istanbul on the night come and create that same atmosphere, the roof will come off the Arena.”

For a chance to be there on May 25 2015 register for the pre sale at

Pre sale begins 9am Thursday 30th October.

Tickets go on general sale at 9am on Friday 31 October at, by calling the Echo Arena Box Office on 0844 8000 400 or from the Ticket Quarter in Queens Square, Liverpool

Tickets are priced at £29.70 (including booking fee, excluding a £2.25 handling fee per order).

Istanbul Reunion

Istanbul Reunion

LFC TV moves into HD and 24 hours

October 24, 2014
by Jim Boardman
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LIVERPOOL FOOTBALL CLUB have announced today that their satellite and cable TV channel, LFCTV, is to become a HD channel. The move sees it become a 24 hour channel – but it will now cost an extra £7 per month to get it.

The channel has been on the air since 2007, when it launched as part of the Setanta package. When the Irish satellite broadcaster’s UK arm collapsed the club struck a deal with Sky that saw it bundled in as part of the ‘family package’, meaning it could be viewed even by customers who’d avoided the much more expensive sports bundles.

LFC TV moves into HD and 24 hours

The HD version of LFCTV will launch on Tuesday November 4th with the club in Spain for the away tie against Real Madrid. The club says the first day will include live broadcasts from the Spanish capital.

In return for the £84 a year service fans will get to see “a new-look interactive studio, regular live news bulletins from Melwood training ground every day, more behind the scenes access, exclusive interviews, features and documentaries.”

The club also claim: “Match days will be like never before, with extended pre-match build up and post-match analysis with Anfield legends, extensive coverage from every European Liverpool game and full match replays of every First Team game. Fans will also get exclusive, live coverage of all U21s and U18s home fixtures as well as coverage of the Liverpool Ladies’ season.”

The club’s Chief Media Officer, Matthew Baxter, says: “Over the last seven years we have built a channel that gives fans a level of insight into the inner workings of the club. We now have the opportunity to deliver improved behind the scenes access alongside bigger and better content in high definition every hour of the day, making LFCTV the first destination for all Club related news.”

The new channel will be available for Sky viewers on channel 429, and for Virgin Media customers on channel 544.

The press release didn’t give any details of how this impacts existing LFC TV Go customers, who already pay £60 per year to view the current service online, and now look like having to pay a total of £144 a year to see the club’s self-produced content.

More details on adding the channel for Sky customers can be found here: LFCTV on Sky.

October 6, 2014
by Jim Boardman
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Liverpool set up base in London

LIVERPOOL FC have announced the opening of an office in London, “strengthening the Club’s commercial partnership offering”. The new office will be run by the club’s Chief Commercial Officer, Billy Hogan, who has been splitting his time between Liverpool and Boston since his appointment.

Daniel Sturridge promoting LFC's tie-up with Subway

Daniel Sturridge promoting LFC’s tie-up with Subway

Hogan was recently promoted, according to a club press release, and his responsibilities now include a role related to the club’s underwhelming Main Stand expansion plans, as well as ultimate responsibility for “sponsorship, ticketing and hospitality sales, retail and merchandise, tours and friendlies as well as the Club’s Soccer Schools” – as well as running his new office in London.

One reason given for the new office, a couple of hours train ride away from the club’s head office in Chapel Street Liverpool, is that it will “provide a great location to begin talks with potential sponsors and help us better provide for our partners.” Those partners include Dunkin’ Donuts, Subway and the Barbados tourist board.

LFC’s press release:
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September 11, 2014
by Anfield Road
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Stephen Graham and ‘One Night in Istanbul’

ANFIELD ROAD has been asked to publish the following statement from Emile Coleman, one of the producers of the original theatre production of ‘One Night in Istanbul’.

It has been brought to my attention that Kirkby-born Hollywood actor Stephen Graham was invited to and attended the premier of the movie version of ‘One Night in Istanbul’ in Liverpool last night, despite his well-known and repeated association with the Sun newspaper.

People are only too well aware that the Sun newspaper has been the subject of a long standing, spontaneous and growing boycott for its coverage of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, including front page headlines it admitted decades later were completely untrue. That coverage led to increased suffering for families of the victims and for survivors, suffering I have seen at first hand, and explains why such a boycott has been sustained in such numbers for over 25 years.

Stephen Graham, despite being from the area and undoubtedly aware not only of that boycott, but also the reasons behind it, has allowed himself on more than one occasion to be associated with that newspaper. He will be well aware of the depth of feeling against that publication and is in a better position than most to not only support the boycott, but to publicise and strengthen it. That he chooses to use it for its undoubted ability to promote celebrities to an audience unaware or unconcerned about its history of wrongdoing is of course his choice, but that’s a choice that has led to him being seen in much the same light as that newspaper by those who support the long-standing and ongoing fight for justice for the 96 victims and countless survivors of Hillsborough.

As one of the producers of the highly acclaimed and successful theatre production of ‘One Night in Istanbul’ I wish to make it clear that I, as a co-owner of the original production company, am in no way connected to the movie version that premiered last night. Had I been involved there is absolutely no way that the insensitive decision to invite a celebrity synonymous with the Sun would have even been considered, let alone taken, regardless of how much extra publicity it might bring to the venture.

I find it highly disappointing that those involved in organising last night’s event felt comfortable about compromising the hard work of so many campaigners over such a long period of time, but more importantly felt comfortable about taking an action they knew would cause great hurt to people they should be supporting.

Emile Coleman

September 8, 2014
by Anfield Road
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Betting tips on Liverpool for the 2014/15 Premier League season

LIVERPOOL have proven that they are a team to be reckoned with in the Barclays Premier league. Last year they managed to break back into the top 4 for the first time since 2009/10. And with such strong teams around them, including Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea, it is not going to be easy to replicate the 2nd place finish they achieved last season.

Liverpool are set to take on Aston Villa on Sunday 13th September and Sky Bet has put odds of 1/4 for Liverpool to win and 10/1 for Aston Villa to win, so the odds are strongly in Liverpool’s favour, Aston Villa however, have started the season strongly so it may not be as easy money as first anticipated. With this in mind, what should people be thinking about if they are looking to put a bet on Liverpool this year to win the Premiership?

If there’s one thing to look at when thinking about betting on a football team, it is the current talent within the team and how well they work together. Liverpool have lost last season’s top goal scorer in Luis Suarez, however that doesn’t mean that they don’t have backup firepower. Key players like Daniel Sturridge, scored over twenty goals in the regular season last year, as well as a couple in the cups.

There is also the recent purchase of Mario Ballotelli, a proven goal scorer at City & Milan, as well as with the Italian national team Liverpool should not be short of goals again this season. With great strikers like this, as well as fantastic midfielders like Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling, you can be sure that there is quality behind the ball when Liverpool are playing at the actual betting odds you’ll be impressed to see that many of the online betting websites are giving Liverpool odds like 11/1; this shows that there is some expectations in the team.

However, with Chelsea having 4/5, Man City getting 11/4 and Arsenal at 11/1 you can be sure that it is going to be a tough fight. If this does seems like too much of a close fight you might want to try some other kinds of soccer betting such as the Soccer Safari slots game.

It is hard to say who would win the African jungle animal kingdom World Cup taking place in this online casino game but, being a slot, your payout chances are not dependent on picking the winner. The slot can be found at and one way that you can up your winnings with this game is by putting goals past the leopard goalie, using the video graphics, and the chance to do so will be one of this slot’s bonuses for fans of football. The top jackpot on offer is $8000, but there are so many options for maximising your money – including scatter and wild symbols on the reels – that you are all but certain to come out on top if you pick this particular game at an online casino.

September 5, 2014
by Jim Boardman
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A trio of Liverpool FC legends are getting together next week for a night of “cheers, jeers and beers” in London – and Anfield Road has got 10 pairs of tickets to give away.

LFC Legends in LondonJohn Barnes, Didi Hamann and John Aldridge have plenty of stories to tell about their playing days at Anfield and will have time to get through a fair number of them, many of which you might not have heard before, at the Islington Academy on Thursday of next week, 11th September.

If there’s something you think they’ve missed out there’s a chance to quiz the three of them on it in a Q&A session as part of the evening.

To win a pair of standard tickets – worth £25 each – just answer the following difficult question:

What trophy did Didi Hamman win on May 25th 2005?
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September 2, 2014
by Jim Boardman

#LFC legends unveil Shankly artwork in Scotland

ON what would have been Bill Shankly’s 101st birthday, Liverpool FC legends Alan Kennedy and Roy Evans were at an event in Scotland to unveil a new piece of artwork produced in his honour.

The unveiling event took place at Muirkirk Heritage Park, near Shankly’s birth place of Glenbuck. The artwork was commissioned by East Ayrshire Council and produced by artist John Crosby who worked in conjunction with pupils from years 6 and 7 at Muirkirk Primary School and is described as “a vitreous enamel ‘flag’ mounted on a steel frame, comprising of over 100 steel sheet panels with a seat attached, containing a narrative, in images and text, to celebrate the life and achievements of Bill Shankly.”
Roy and Alan with the Shankly artwork
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August 15, 2014
by Jim Boardman
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PODCAST: Reds legends look ahead to Official Story of LFC

LIVERPOOL’S waterfront entertainment venue, The Echo Arena, plays host to a popular play based on the life of the city’s favourite club (in our opinion), Liverpool FC, at the end of the month.

The three-night stay will be the final time the production is shown in Liverpool in its current form. It moves onto Belfast next, with writer Nicky Allt hoping to see it performed down under at some point after that.

Anfield Road were invited along to speak to Nicky, a couple of cast members and two of the legends that have helped The Reds write all of that rich history. Continue Reading →

August 7, 2014
by Anfield Road
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COMPETITION: Win tickets to the Official Story of #LFC

‘THE Official Story of Liverpool FC’, the smash hit stage show, returns to the city at the end of the month with a three-night special run of shows at EchoTwo, Echo Arena and we’ve teamed up with the show and LFC to give two lucky readers the chance of winning a pair of tickets each to the opening night.

Official Story of Liverpool FC
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