Sunday 1 February 2015

Are you the most hardcore Liverpool fan in the land?

Donny Mahoney

Published 23/04/2014 | 02:30

12 March 2014; Carlsberg hosted a spectacular event in Dublin today to launch their #JOINTHEGREATS campaign, giving Irish football fans the once in a lifetime opportunity to play on Liverpool FCs hallowed Anfield turf with their mates. Liverpool FC Greats Robbie Fowler, Dietmar Hamann and Jason McAteer surprised consumers on South King Street in Dublin and three lucky fans took part in a skills challenge with the Greats on a spectacular purpose-built rooftop football pitch on a nearby car park, with the prize of a trip to play at Anfield with their mates up for grabs for the winning team. Each team was captained by a Great and the eventual winners landed the first four spots on this ultimate football experience. 
This amazing prize for 84 Irish football fans includes a VIP trip over to see Liverpools final game of the season at Anfield on May 11th as the Reds take on Newcastle United and the money cant buy experience of getting kitted out in the dressing room and walking out of the iconic Anfield tunnel to play with your mates on one of the most famous pitches in the world. The competition is strictly over 18s only and runs from March 13th until the closing date of April 20th and can be won by purchasing Carlsberg in participating pubs and off licences, entering via Carlsberg Footballs Facebook page or listening into Newstalk during April for a further opportunity to win the prize. Pictured at the rooftop pitch are Jason McAteer, left, Robbie Fowler, centre, and Dietmar Hamann. St. Stephen's Green Car Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
Liverpool FC Greats Robbie Fowler, Dietmar Hamann and Jason McAteer

For all the talk about how soulless modern football can be, it has been refreshing to be reminded of the distances fans will go to for the club in the last week or so.

We're running a brilliant competition on the programme at the moment in conjunction with Carlsberg that allows a lucky Liverpool fan and a few of his mates to attend the Reds' likely coronation at Anfield against Newcastle and then play on its hallowed turf the next day.

It's a once-in-a-lifetime prize and we're narrowing down the finalists by asking Liverpool fans 'what they've done to be a truly great fan'.

Some of our maddest selections included a guy who'd splurged his college loan on tickets and accommodation for the 2005 Champions League final, and lost two stone in the following months from a diet of pasta.

Another guy had driven 12 hours through the night from Tillburg in Holland to Liberec in the Czech Republic to see Liverpool beat Slovan Liberec in a UEFA Cup third-round game, carousing with the lord mayor and 'fending off' neo-Nazis.

Our eventual weekly winner named his child Smicer after the Istanbul miracle, thus inflicting his Liverpool fandom on an innocent for life.

We're continuing to whittle down our search for the most hardcore Liverpool fans, so get your entry into the show by texting CARLSBERG to 53106.

The ultimate winner will be decided at our big roadshow on May 1 at Vicar Street that will feature Robbie Fowler, Didi Hamann and a few mystery guests.

Irish Independent

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