Anfield, Here I Come
I have been a Liverpool fan since the age of 10. I have been supporting them for a decade now and last weekend, I was able to fulfill the dream of an ordinary Liverpool fan, especially of those who are not from Europe.
I VISITED ANFIELD FOR THE FIRST TIME!
I was able to purchase tickets for the FA Cup tie against West Brom on Saturday evening (27 Jan 2018). Most people have doubts about the ways of getting a ticket. In my case, I purchased a membership when I arrived in the UK because I know that I will be going for the games quite frequently over the next 3 years. So basically, buying a membership allows you the privilege of purchasing the tickets online. There are other ways to purchase the tickets as well and you can read about them here.
I left on Saturday afternoon with a friend of mine, we took the train to Liverpool. It was like a 3-hour journey. As soon as we reached there, we checked in to the hostel and headed to Liverpool One. We purchased our scarves because obviously we had to get right accessories and hype ourselves up for the game!
Then, we caught a bus to Anfield. I was literally buzzing with excitement throughout the whole time. As soon as we reached the stadium, it was a sea of people dressed in red, slowly marching into the stadium.
As I walked to my seat, I was recording a video, just to show to my family and friends later, on just how vibrant and loud the atmosphere was inside of Anfield.
Unfortunately, Liverpool were knocked out of the FA Cup as they lost 2-3 to West Brom. Honestly man, it sucks so bad that Liverpool decide to screw up badly on the day that I decided to go and watch them play. But as much as I was upset, I was not surprised that Liverpool lost. 10 years of supporting Liverpool has taught me a couple of things about dealing with disappointments and failures.
The following day, we visited Anfield once again. This time, we decided to a stadium tour. Honestly, hands down, one of the best experiences I’ve had in my life. I got to touch the infamous sign, walk down the player’s tunnel and do plenty of other cool stuffs. Importantly, there is a student discount for us. (YEAH BOY!) And the people there were so nice and kind. You can read more about the stadium tour here incase if you’d like to visit Anfield anytime soon.
After that, we visited the International Slavery Museum. 10/10 would recommend. It was informative, interactive and most importantly, it really kind of like grips your heart. We know that there were millions of people traded during the transatlantic slave trade but the museum emphasizes the fact that behind each of this ‘mere numbers’, there is an actual person with a story to be told about them and the museum explores these deeply personal stories that are so moving and strong. I left the museum feeling somewhat embarrassed actually, that such a shameful, vile and evil act occurred in human history and it took us such a long time to bend the moral arc towards justice. There is very painful lesson for the human civilization to learn from this dark chapters of our collective history.
I would highly recommend first year Economics students to visit the International Slavery Museum because we do learn about the Transatlantic slave trade in our EC104 module, that is The World Economy: History and Theory. But much of what we learn, only views this tragic event in terms of economic analysis (volume traded and profit margins and we explore if these profits were then used as capital during the Industrial Revolution) which is also extremely crucial but it kind of makes us forget that these are tragedies happened to a group of humans for a few generations without ever getting a proper reparation. There is a serious moral/humane dimension to this issue.
Then again, I seriously recommend Economics students to visit the museum. You can get more information about the International Slavery Museum here if you are interested. Oh, and by the way, the entry is free. So, don’t worry about extra cost.
With that being said, I have to bring this entry to a closure now. I hope to be back with more interesting stories about my little adventures here in Warwick. If you have any questions, please feel free to drop them in the comments box and I would be more than happy to answer them.