Keinan and Nigel at Anfield smiling at the camera

You’ll never walk alone – Nigel’s Anfield adventure

Here at Discovery, we are always looking for ways to support people to live the life they choose. So last April, when Nigel, a person we support, told his locality manager, Keinan, about his dream to go and see his beloved football team Liverpool play, Keinan set about making it a reality

It was a ‘long time’ since Nigel last went to Anfield.

Liverpool’s home ground, so he and his favourite support worker, Dawn, set up the membership and put in the ticket request but, unfortunately, he was unable to get tickets in the first few months of trying.

Fast forward to February this year.

when the team faced Fulham in the FA Cup, the chance to go arrived, as Nigel worked with his deputyship and saved some money to buy hospitality seats for the match.

However, such is the drama of the FA Cup…

The planned game was postponed, meaning frustration for Nigel. His team phoned and phoned the club, and a Premier League match was chosen instead.

This time against Nottingham Forest, in late April.

Nigel was slightly apprehensive in the lead up to the big day, mostly about the long car journey. However, when it arrived, he was amazing. He was happy listening to Radio 2 and he even fell asleep for periods of time during journey.

When arriving at Liverpool’s home.

Nigel had pictures taken of him with the Premier League and Champion Leagues trophies. He joked about Liverpool not winning them this year and how long it would take for them to win them back!

Nigel with a Liverpool Trophy
Nigel with Jimmy Case smiling at the camera

“Not only did he see past trophies, but he also met club legend Jimmy Case, who Nigel remembered from a ‘long time ago’.”

The day was capped off perfectly, as Liverpool ran out as winners in a 3-2 thriller!

Keinan, who accompanied Nigel to the game, said:

“He really enjoyed the game and loved watching Liverpool play and singing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ [a popular song among the fans], it was an experience he won’t forget. He has already asked for us to go next year!”

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