Local Team (Managed by Kenny Dalglish and Roy Evans): David James, Rob Jones, Alan Kennedy, David Burrows, Mark Wright, John Wark, Jason McAteer, Steve McMahon, David Thompson, Gary McAllister, Jamie Redknapp, Michael Thomas, Ronnie Whelan, John Barnes, Steve McManaman, Peter Beardsley, Ian Rush, John Aldridge, Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen
Global Team (Managed by Gerard Houllier and Phil Thompson): Sander Westerveld, Vegard Heggem, Stig Inge Bjornebye, Sami Hyppia, Markus Babbel, Luis Garcia, Didi Hamann, Salif Diao, Bruno Cheyrou, Vladimir Smicer, Jari Litmanen, Jan Molby, Bjorn Tore Kvarme, Abel Xavier
For over a week now, Liverpool fans and players have joined in unison - as they have done almost every year for 25 years - to mourn the loss of those 96 fans who lost their lives at the Hillsborough Tragedy.
Today, however, unlike the annual Hillsborough Memorial, Liverpool FC brought fans, players and ex-players in unison to celebrate those 96 lives in an Anfield charity game with the money being donated to the Hillsborough Family Support Group. It allowed us to appreciate this club and realise that through rain or shine, we will truly never walk alone.
Despite the match between local LFC legends and their international counterparts being purely for fun and to support the Hillsborough families, there was no surprise in seeing the competitive streaks of the players who previously graced Anfield.
Fans and current players played witness to a highly entertaining game which ended in a 2-2 draw. Let’s face it, we didn’t want to see either side lose!
Mere seconds away from halftime saw God, aka Robbie Fowler, score a goal as he was threaded a beautiful ball by Jason McAteer. Nonetheless, Vladimir Smicer equalised in the beginning of the second half with an incredible goal which landed in the top left corner of the net.
Comedian and long-time Liverpool fan John Bishop was also denied a penalty by goalkeeper David James after Bruno Cheyrou slotted one past the Local Team’s goalkeeper to put the score at 2-1.
It was thought that the Global lads were to secure a win however late in the game, the Locals were a awarded a penalty which Robbie Fowler belted it in the centre.
Fans in attendance also had the privilege to see King Kenny make a late appearance for the Local lads as he replaced Ian Rush although he did not get as much playing time as we all hoped.
A wave of nostalgia has seemed to crash down on us all at seeing past players back doing what they do (or did) best. Liverpool fans have been tainted with always talking about history yet with players like ours and an illustrious past, it’s hard to comprehend how this is seen as a negative thing.
All I can say is that with the end of the season coming and a possible title arriving back at Anfield, more will be added to our history books which I hope you all will be talking about for as long as possible.
write up by Daniella