I love to share what I call “Reader Reports” from people whom I help get to see soccer games in England.
Sometimes that just means jumping on the phone with them to answer questions and make suggestions, sometimes doing some full-on planning assistance, sometimes selling them a hospitality package. (If you’re interested in any of this, check out my consulting services.)
One such person was Jamie, whose family was going on a big adventure that included some time in London — and they wanted it to include some soccer. And hey, that’s what I do!
Jamie and I traded a few emails back and forth; they were considering staying in London for a game at QPR or Fulham, or slipping down to the very cool town of Bristol, or out to the coast to Southampton … Lots of options, as always, but they finally settled on Liverpool. The Reds were at home for Crystal Palace, and I put the four of them into a suite along the 18-yard-box on the side, with access to a cash bar and a chance to meet former players, for $200 each. (If you’re wondering, it’s all but impossible to buy tickets to a Liverpool game, especially for four people.)
Here is a report from Jamie’s email back to me after the game:
“The Liverpool game was so much fun!”
We took the train to Liverpool at 8AM, got there at 10AM, and went shopping down on the wharf and had lunch.
We made our way to the field and met the MOST adorable little 8 year old boy who was waiting for the players to arrive. While we were all waiting for them we had fun talking with him and his brothers and his dad. They weren’t going to the game; they only came from their home, 45 minutes away, to see their team arrive. It was about 50 degrees and the boys were wearing Liverpool jerseys and shorts! Wow, that’s a fan!
After the bus came and entered the garage, we made our way to our seats and spent a little time in the hospitality area, which was very nice. We were in our seats for the You’ll Never Walk Alone song:
The game went well (Liverpool won). On their first goal, an older dad stood up and gave the finger to the Palace fans. He looked SO proper, but when Liverpool scored he just stood up and flipped them off!
When the game was over, we hung out in the stands for about 30 minutes (note from Paul: this is a major benefit of hospitality packages!), waiting for the traffic to die down, but it didn’t. We wound up walking back to the train station. It was a BEAUTIFUL walk and we made it to the train station a lot faster than we would have if we got an Uber.
Thanks again for all your help! LMK if there is a forum where I can inform the rest about your excellent services!