The passion. The excitement. The intensity. The roar. Welcome to Anfield.

Football has the ability of bringing the community together. The passion of football supporters is a religion.


Let me tell you, I have always loved football. From a young age I was brought up watching football games. I enjoy watching my favourite teams live especially the Sydney derby between West Wanderers vs. Sydney FC, so tense… it’s great. But nothing compares to walking through the Anfield Stadium gates.

But think about this for a second.

You’re sitting in the stadium, waiting anxiously for the game to start. The stadium slowly builds with the chatter of people and you think to yourself, what makes a football game so good? It may be the smell of hot food, the atmosphere, the skill level or your team winning.

For me, I am immersed with the surrounding fans, an audience befitting of the worlds best amphitheatre. People with different backgrounds, religions, cultures, ethnicities all coming together communing with one interest – Football.

Best of all you can scream at the top of your lungs without the fear of being judged and the singing and chanting that lasts the entire match. I find that so exhilarating.

So my favourite audience experience happened when I went with my family to England last year.

On the 11th of December 2018, my family and I were lucky enough to get the opportunity to watch Liverpool v Napoli at Anfield Stadium, England in the European Champions League. The match ended 1-0 with a goal scored by Mohammed Salah. Liverpool then advanced to the Champions League knockout stage.

I found the overall experience to be really exciting because we all stood for the entire time, chanting, singing at the top of our lungs. Our ears rang so much after the game. We had fun with everyone because we were united together.

The best part of the night was the crowd singing as one “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. Hearing the Liverpool song gives me chills every single time. It’s a special moment. Have a listen for yourself:

The goal scored by Salah was unforgettable. The crowd absolutely roared with noise. There was on field celebration by the players which was equally matched by the huge celebration of the crowd as the audience raised their scarves in unison.

As the game was nearing the end Napoli kept pressing for a goal and it created so much tension that was nail biting. This made the overall experience of the game even better. It became tribal and at the end of the game when the referee blew his whistle the crowd went hysterical. The singing and chanting was deafening. Each chant created a wave of energy that lifted everyones emotion.

Reflecting back at the experience, I wouldn’t really think there was anything negative to say about the match. But my biggest takeout from this would be witnessing the passion from the crowd. The crowd was so overwhelmingly loud that it helped Liverpool to secure the win as the 12th man.


This weeks lecture reflects on the different types of audiences. One such example we discussed in the lecture, is an audience that has congregated together in one place, at the same time, having the same experience. My experience at Anfield reflects this type of gathering in the most amazing setting.


Take care everyone. Until next week,


References:

Myactivesg.com. (2019). [online] Available at: https://www.myactivesg.com/~/media/Consumer/Images/Read/2018/Nov/UEFA-Champions-League-Logo.jpg [Accessed 16 Mar. 2019].

Upload.wikimedia.org. (2019). [online] Available at: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/hif/b/bd/Liverpool_FC.png [Accessed 16 Mar. 2019].

YouTube. (2019). BEST YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE EVER!!!. [online] Available at: https://youtu.be/Go-jJlGd1so [Accessed 15 Mar. 2019].

14 thoughts on “You’ll Never Walk Alone.

  1. This is such an amazing blog post!! Nothing beats being live at a sporting match, I think it is where you get to see people at their most passionate. Loving the personal touch of this post with the pictures! Keep it up.​

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  2. I really enjoyed reading your blog post! It gave such a strong insight to me what the ‘audience’ is like at such venues. For myself, I never attend sports matches just out of pure disinterest, but the unique connected feeling you seem to describe that exists through these matches feels like it would be so natural. Your personal experience and inclusion of pictures help your audience think of your blog post in a more personal manner. You really express how these sports matches allow people to feel at home and instead of being one in the few hundred there watching a soccer game, you’re all one cheering on your team! Can’t wait to read more! 🙂

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  3. Your website aesthetic looks so good & you did such a good way of capturing the intensity of live sporting events. By including the video, I’m able to be a part of the online audience but from your blog it clearly doesn’t compare to actually being there!

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    1. Thank you so much, I really appreciate your feedback!! That is so true nothing compares to watching something live! Glad to know you enjoyed reading it 😁

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  4. I love the way you describe the atmosphere of Anfield and how passionate the audience was in this instance! The inclusion of the images, especially of yourself really help the reader to imagine themselves in this situation and let them put the experience and the size of the stadium into perspective! One thought I have is that you could include a references list at the bottom of your page to give people a way to access the links you talk about in your blog posts. keep up the good work, I can’t wait to read more of your posts next week!

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  5. As another Kopite, I really loved how you managed to capture the atmosphere that is always apparent at Anfield, it gave such a strong insight to the ‘audience’ for venues such as this. Seeing the inside images of Anfield really brought back heaps of memories for me personally, as I know the chills that the crowd can give you live (Weird flex I know). Expressing how you ‘feel at home’ within the audience was really well written. One recommendation I have is to include a reference list to further support the ideas in your blog posts. Apart from that though, job well done!

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  6. It was super interesting to read about your experience while at a football game and compare it to mine and many other’s experiences at concerts. I can draw many similarities, like in the way that it makes us all feel like we belong and are united together because of something we are passionate about! The extra photos and media really added to the post and made it more engaging. This was really great to read, keep up the good work! 🙂

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