Saturday 14 December 2019

Are you the most hardcore Liverpool fan in the land?

Liverpool FC Greats Robbie Fowler, Dietmar Hamann and Jason McAteer
Liverpool FC Greats Robbie Fowler, Dietmar Hamann and Jason McAteer

Donny Mahoney

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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