A LIVERPOOL fan has lastly been allotted a season ticket for his beloved membership – after 27 years on the ready listing.
Kev Pogorzelski has been on the ready listing for the tickets – which supply season-long entry to dwelling video games at Liverpool’s Anfield stadium – since 1996.
The 42-year-old was left shocked yesterday when he obtained an e mail from The Reds with the long-awaited information confirming that his wait is lastly over, because of an enlargement at Anfield.
With Liverpool increasing their stadium by an extra 7,000 seats for a complete capability of 61,000, Kev was throughout the prime 1,000 followers on the listing, lastly granting him the ticket he’d been ready so lengthy for.
Kev from Portsmouth, Hampshire shared a screenshot of the membership’s e mail which reads: “Expensive Kevin Pogorzelski,
“As introduced right here, the Anfield Highway enlargement has enabled us to supply 1,000 new season tickets for season 2023/24.
“As your place on the ready listing is throughout the prime 1,000, we’re happy to substantiate that you may be eligible to buy a season ticket for subsequent season.”
Kev shared his e mail to social media yesterday, writing: “Solely took 17 years! Grasp on…it’s been TWENTY SEVEN years.”
Kev’s put up has since obtained over 7,000 likes and greater than 100 feedback from customers left in stitches at his wait.
One consumer joked: “Now you’ll want to start out your individual ready listing for the lengthy line of individuals wanting your ticket for any matches you’ll be able to’t get to.”
One other commented: “Season ticket ready listing for me is 15,851, but I’ve been on it for over 25 years.”
A 3rd consumer mentioned: “Good one congrats! No rhyme or cause to the construction of that listing although, I signed up in 2002 and someway I’m 1,621st on that very same listing.”
One other consumer replied: “Congrats it’s stress and some huge cash however who wants your psychological well being after we’ve acquired The Reds!”
Talking right now analysis info supervisor Kev mentioned: “Whereas I solely miss one or two video games in all competitions a season at Anfield by a membership with 19 credit, for some unusual cause it seems like I’m now a part of a extra unique membership, if that sounds proper?
“Final Could I used to be round 1,050 within the ready listing and heard rumours of simply 1,000 season tickets being launched, so it was very thrilling receiving the e-mail, as I’d simply squeezed in.
“Nonetheless, it does imply I do not need to rise up at 6:30am to affix a queue for the majority gross sales, regardless of having assured tickets by a membership and eventually having the ‘small’ hope of going to away matches on my one season ticket.
“For the time being I urge, borrow, however by no means steal from different season ticket holders.
“My dad is a Liverpool fan and has some free connections to the town, together with his dad having to maneuver to the UK throughout WW2.
“Regardless of rising up largely in Portsmouth, I used to be named after Kevin Keegan and through pilgrimages again to Anfield as a child all the time knew who ‘my membership’ needed to be.
“Dad left us once I was 13 and we haven’t spoken since although, so I joined the London Supporters Membership and began going up alone as soon as a month a 12 months later and driving as soon as passing my check at 17 in early 1997, which is once I joined the ready listing.
“I nonetheless have the affirmation letter…someplace.”
Kev continued: ” Having been going recurrently for therefore lengthy, I didn’t suppose it might matter this a lot to me, however I’m crammed with a childlike pleasure to lastly have my very own season ticket after just about 27 years of hoping that someday I’d get that decision/e mail.
“We’re nonetheless in Portsmouth, however with hybrid working now, will probably be in Liverpool extra. We spend about 30% of our 12 months in Liverpool.
“I get to decide on in June the place I sit, however it’s anticipated to be the brand new Anfield Highway stand, so it will likely be £850. As I at the moment pay £37 a recreation in The Kop, I’ll truly be worse off per recreation, however there you go.
“I used to be the one one to affix the ready listing, so it’s simply me getting one.
“My brother and spouse go to Anfield with me from Portsmouth on a membership every recreation, although, as we’ve barely missed a recreation and maintain our credit up.
“After so a few years there are others we journey with or meet at matches.”
The enlargement work at Anfield is predicted to be accomplished for the 2023-24 season.
Paul Cuttill, vice-president of stadium operations mentioned on Tuesday (9 MAY): “With only one dwelling recreation left to play this season, it will likely be an enormous second for the membership to say goodbye to the outdated Anfield Highway Stand.
“From September 2021 till the final recreation of this season, we could have held 50 males’s video games, one ladies’s recreation, three LFC Basis legends matches and three concert events – all in the course of a working constructing website.
“It’s taken quite a lot of arduous work and has been logistically difficult however we’ve managed to maintain capability, so followers haven’t misplaced seats in the course of the construct.
“We’re on monitor to be prepared for the 2023-24 season and looking out ahead to 7,000 extra followers having the ability to expertise this unimaginable stadium.”
As soon as full, the enlargement is estimated to instantly create 400 extra jobs, rising the common matchday workforce to 2,800 folks, with 95% of these instantly employed domestically.