Capacity: 45,362 (all seated)
Address: Anfield Road, Liverpool
You can hardly see Anfield as you approach it, but when it does appear, rising up from amongst the rows of terraced houses or from across Stanley Park, it is an impressive sight.
|The Paisley Gates|
The fact that such a huge stadium is sandwiched amongst residential property like this makes it easy to see why the plans for a new and bigger stadium rumble on. But at the same time, its location is indicative of how football grew from the community and while Anfield may be old, this feeling still surrounds it. It is worlds apart from the new out of town kit of parts stadia of recent times. They may be bigger, but they are soulless.
And as you approach one of the greatest stadia in world football, you can almost smell the history. You will remember two of the club’s most successful managers whether you walk through the Paisley Gates or the Shankly Gates, with the wrought iron spelling out ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, the song that Liverpool Football Club have made their own. There is also a statue of the great man, Shankly near the Club shop.
Within half an hour of the kick-off you will hear the crowd assembling in the famous Kop End and well before then, you will hear the club songs ringing out from The Albert pub next door, or The Park across the road.
There are reminders of sadder times to, and both home and away fans take the trouble to visit the eternal flame at the Hillsborough Memorial, near the away end. This reminder of the 98 fans who lost their lives at the FA Cup semi-final in 1989 is made all the more poignant as away fans leave their own scarves in tribute.
|An inside view of Anfield Stadium|
If you arrive early enough, it is also worth visiting the museum which celebrates all things Liverpool, past, present and future which will be of interest to all football supporters interested in the game’s history. It includes a 60-seat cinema showing four-10 minute films on the history of the club, plus a chance to see things like the four European Cups and the 1966 World Cup winner's medal of Roger Hunt OBE.
The teams come out to 'You'll Never Walk Alone' reverberating around the ground, with the red and white scarves and flags of the fans displayed across the Kop. Although Liverpool fans often come under criticism for not singing as much as they used to, the atmosphere is still great – so enjoy it!
The Away End
Away fans are located in the Anfield Road Stand at one end of the ground, where just under 2,000 seats are available. This stand is also shared with home supporters, some of whom will be sitting in the small seated tier above the away fans.
Where to eat and drink
The refreshment kiosks sell a wide variety of burgers, hot dogs and pies, including a 'Scouse Pie' but alcohol is not always available inside the ground.
The Arkles pub near to the ground is known as the away fans pub, but it can get very crowded. There are also pubs near to Goodison which is just a ten minute walk across Stanley Park. The Spellow, Wilnslow Hotel and Stanley Park (aka as the Blue House) are all recommended.
Away fans have also been known to be tolerated in The Park at the Kop End as long as they are not mouthy! It’s a great place to go if you want to join in with the singing!
How to get there by car
Follow the M62 until you reach the end of the motorway, then follow the A5058 towards Liverpool. After three miles turn left at the traffic lights into Utting Avenue. Proceed for one mile and then turn right at the Arkles pub for the ground. If you arrive early there is street parking to be found. Otherwise it as an idea to park in the streets around Goodison or in one of the many schools and other venues who open there land for match day parking for around £5 or £6.
How to get there by train
The main railway station in Liverpool is Lime Street which is over three miles from the ground and is really too far to so either head for Kirkdale station or jump in a taxi.
If you have been there before, send us your hints and tips to make a fan's visit enjoyable.