“The place erupted” – The Voice of Anfield picks his favorite second


Liverpool’s much-loved stadium announcer George Sephton, aka The Voice of Anfield, has revealed what he believes is the best environment in Anfield’s historical past.

George has been a part of the Reds’ furnishings all through the glory years, taking part in an eclectic mixture of songs earlier than and after video games, to not point out saying the goalscorers in his distinctive tone.

Often called the ‘Voice of Anfield’, the 75-year-old has been on the membership for near 50 years, having labored on his first match towards Nottingham Forest again in August 1971.

Few Liverpool supporters have been afforded such a particular vantage level all through historical past, with George lucky sufficient to witness the good groups of the Seventies and Nineteen Eighties, identical balmy European evenings within the twenty first century and the Reds’ long-awaited first Premier League title final season.

Talking on the brand new This Is Anfield podcast, he selected the unforgettable 4-0 win over Barcelona as essentially the most particular dwelling sport within the membership’s historical past, pinpointing the ultimate whistle because the second Liverpool’s world-famous floor has been at its loudest:

“It most likely was that fourth purpose towards Barcelona as a result of it was simply surreal what was occurring in entrance of our eyes.

“Talking for myself, after I noticed the ball go within the internet, I didn’t react for half a minute as a result of I assumed the referee was going to blow the whistle and say ‘take that once more’. So the roar truly constructed.

“However on the finish of that sport when that last whistle went, after what appeared about 4 hours between the fourth purpose and the ultimate whistle, the place erupted. No one, or only a few individuals, went dwelling, they only needed to keep.

“I banged on “You’ll By no means Stroll Alone” and the environment was nice.

“You look again to Saint-Etienne in 1977, that was a noise after we bought by means of that, and Chelsea in 2005, however Barcelona knocked all them right into a cocked hat.

“If something ever surpasses that I’ll be very happy to be there.”

It’s arduous to disagree with George’s decide, with the amount inside Anfield scarcely plausible after Liverpool produced one of many all-time nice comebacks.

That picture of James Milner holding the ball within the nook and the whistle lastly blowing is a memorable one, as had been the scenes that adopted within the minutes afterwards.

Jurgen Klopp and his gamers swayed in entrance of the Kop as “You’ll By no means Stroll Alone” performed, as George completely nailed his selection of track.

He performed his personal function on a really particular evening on Merseyside – right here’s hoping there are extra to come back within the approaching years.


* You may pre-order George’s e-book, ‘The Voice of Anfield: My Fifty Years with Liverpool FC’, right here.

* Subscribe to the brand new This Is Anfield podcast right here.

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