If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know a few weeks back I posted a picture of myself with a couple of ex Liverpool players. Didi Hamann and Luis Garcia.
They were in Birmingham as part of a Liverpool legends tour. This particular talk was about the Champions League campaign in the 2004/2005 season which of course Liverpool went on to win, in one of the most memorable finals in the competitions history.
A few weeks later I also went to another event in Coventry, this one was just Robbie Fowler, talking about not only his Liverpool career, but his career as a whole.
These events are put on by a company called 5times, which is the Liverpool former players association.
They go around the country, and around the world, with ex Liverpool players putting on these events, which they are able to do due to Liverpool’s strong fan base, not only all over the UK, but also all over the world.
Many of the events will also be in order to raise money for charities that are close to the hearts of the ex players. Both of the chat’s I went too, were both raising money for the children’s charity Alder Hey
As well as the talks with the players, each event also offers a meet and greet opportunity for a few pounds more. With the meet and greets you arrive earlier, are given a number and when your groups number is called you line up to meet the player(s) and get something signed. As all 3 of the players had played for Liverpool during 04-06 when that particular red shirt was the home strip, I had all 3 sign the same shirt. The meet and greet is over pretty quickly, you shake their hands, they sign your merch and you have your photo taken with them. So pretty much the same as what you would expect at a comic-con type of event where you spend the whole day queuing for the odd 60 seconds or so with your heroes.
Once the meet and greets over, it’s onto the talk. I won’t give much away about these as there is a good chance the said players will do the rounds again, and besides a few of the thing’s they talk about can be quite risky, although I’m sure it’s nothing too sinister, so the sort of stories you’d expect to find in an autobiography. Theres plenty of swearing, and as an added bonus for both of the events I went too. Jason McAteer, also an ex Liverpool player (The longest serving Liverpool player to never win a trophy, as he is often reminded of in the chats) so the comadre is quite good between all.
During a break in the chat auctions are run for a number of signed merchandise by ex Liverpool players. These can end up being quite pricey!
All in all, these events are excellent nights out, and well worth the money in my opinion, any kind of night which will bring you some laughs and put a smile on your face is always a winner in my book.
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*I was lucky enough for both of the above events to get free entry. The Birmingham night I was invited by a friend who had won tickets, and for the Coventry night, I won tickets myself. Despite the free entries, this blog review is completely independent and has had no input from 5times.