Boarders tour Anfield

It was a Sunday with a difference for a group of Packwood boarders yesterday when they had the chance to visit the home of Liverpool FC at Anfield.

As the boys looked round the museum they learned all about the illustrious history of this famous club. Their multimedia audio handsets gave them access to video clips and lots of other information, including how the world famous Kop earned its unusual name – a tribute to the many soldiers from Liverpool who fought and died at Spion Kop during the Boer War.

After a thorough tour of the exhibits, including the four replicas and one genuine Champions League trophy from the club’s 2005 victory, they also looked in on the new press room and sat in manager Jurgen Klopp’s seat.

Next on the tour were the changing rooms where the boys were able to sit beneath the shirts of their favourite players, before they passed through the players’ tunnel heading towards the pitch itself – and, of course, touching the ‘This is Anfield’ sign for good luck on the way. They sat in the home dug-out and experienced the view of the pitch from the manager’s perspective.

The boys also walked down the ’96 Way’ and visited the eternal flame memorial for the 96 who died at Hillsborough. The visit ended with the obligatory photo opportunity at the statue of the great Bill Shankly.