Anfield Virgin

I have been a Liverpool fan for pretty much as long as i can remember, i’m not going to go into any detail about my origin story, or how i came to be a Liverpool supporter… the “how” i became a fan is actually pretty irrelevant now, what is important is that i’ve been part of a pretty special family for more than 10 years now.

Being a Liverpool fan has meant that i’ve made friends with some pretty amazing people, and that no matter how i feel, i know i have a support system. We celebrate each other’s successes, and commiserate each other’s losses, all because we’re part of the same Liverpool family. I’ve found that over the years “You’ll Never Walk Alone” is more than just a motto, it has been proven to me time and time again.

I had always wanted to see my team play live, a dream i think all Barclays Premier League football fans share. When I knew i would be in the country during football season, i pretty much planned my entire holiday around getting to Anfield to see Liverpool play. New Years Eve in Edinburgh? The sights and sounds of London? Exploring the Yorkshire Dales? WHO CARES! All i wanted was a seat at Anfield and a scarf to hold up while singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” at the top of my lungs.

Thanks to a particularly loving boyfriend, who worked tirelessly at getting us great tickets, i was able to check something pretty important off of my bucket list! Not only did i get to see Liverpool play, but i got to see them WIN! It was a pretty epic game that saw Liverpool beat Sunderland 3 – 0, with a brace scored by Suarez who beautifully set up Raheem Sterling for the final goal. The boys celebrated just a few meters in front of me, and i could even hear ol’ Stevie G shouting out and congratulating Sterling.

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Sterling, Suarez and Stevie G celebrate!

It’s 90min that i won’t ever forget, as long as i live. There are literally no words to describe the emotions when the entire stadium bursts into “You’ll Never Walk Alone”… i would be lying if i said that i didn’t cry a little. Tears of happiness, obviously!


I have got 1 x guys and 1 x girls Liverpool Winter PJ set to give away. It’s super easy to win, all you have to do is tweet the following:

@Absa and @StephanieBe – keep me warm this Winter with a set of Liverpool PJs! #MyFirstGame

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If, like me, you love your football and would like to go and watch a Barclays Premier League match LIVE… then watch this VIDEO to see how to make it happen:

He might be an Everton fan (ergh) but football is football at the end of the day, and i would want any football fan to get the chance to see their team play live at least once in their lifetime!

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 Go to Twitter and share YOUR story, like I have, and make sure to tag @Absa and use the hashtag: #MyFirstGame

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Bafana Bafana At The Movies – AFCON 2015

On January 17th the 2015 African Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea will begin. Bafana Bafana go into this tournament not having only qualified, but done so without losing a single game in qualification. An incredible feat for Shakes Mashaba’s men.

I try not to take life too seriously, and for that reason I decided to use my ‘creative’ talents to rework a few movie titles in honour of the South African national team and some of their players.

Bafana XI

Bafana XI

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A Short, Sweet FIFA 15 Demo Review


It’s that time of the year again… That time when children and grown men alike assume the same mental age as the latest issue of the FIFA computer game franchise comes out. And yes, I am one of those grown men.

Having spent approximately eight hours yesterday trying to get my crappy ADSL line to download the FIFA 15 demo, I promptly set about opening it up and getting down to business.

The first thing I noticed is that Lionel Messi’s hair gets slightly less crap every year, so that’s always a good thing. Secondly, and most upsettingly, Sheffield Wednesday aren’t in it. Again. Continue Reading

Youth? What Youth? – A Breakdown Of Bafana’s Footballing Future

Youth development in South Africa, or lack thereof, is often blamed for Bafana Bafana’s failure to win tournaments, as well as the lack of continental trophies making their way to Mzansi. The Bafana coach is urged to field young players in the national team, but how can he show belief in youth if his PSL colleagues, the club coaches, aren’t doing the same? In this feature I looked into how much South African teams believe in their youngsters, and why SuperSport United and Ajax Cape Town are on the right track.Line Continue Reading

SA Youngsters Impress At COPA Coca-Cola®

Guys, it’s time for one last post about the talented youngsters that Coca-Cola® took over to Samba Land, Brazil, for the opening game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the COPA Coca-Cola® tournament.

The COPA Coca-Cola® programme not only gave them the chance of a lifetime, it gave them many memorable experiences that they wouldn’t have had before. Their first flight, a welcome party and the chance to walk out onto a World Cup field was just the start… Then it was time to show off their skills. Mzansi's COPA Coca Cola Stars Continue Reading

Coca-Cola® – Making World Cup Dreams A Reality

Remember earlier this week when I was talking about four lucky youngsters that were taken by COPA Coca-Cola® to Brazil to be part of the COPA Coca-Cola® Camp and experience the 2014 FIFA World Cup™?

COPA Everything for Football Logo

Well, the COPA Coca-Cola® programme gave them the chance of a lifetime and many memorable experiences that they wouldn’t have had before. Not only was it their first international flight, they were thrown a welcome party (known as the White Party) where they celebrated their arrival in Brazil. Continue Reading

Coca-Cola® Give Back! – Brazil 2014


Sorry, let me take it down a notch… I don’t think there is a single South African that isn’t excited about the fast approaching 2014 FIFA World Cup™. We’re all still reminiscing about what a phenomenal experience it was when South Africa hosted it in 2010, the year that changed this English lad’s life and secured my safe passage to a career right here in Mzansi.

COPA Coca-Cola®

This year, Coca-Cola® wants to make sure that the true football fans and aspiring footballers are able to reach the action live (and not just one TV) so the COPA Coca-Cola® programme will be sending four (very, very lucky) young football players to Brazil for a once in a lifetime experience. Continue Reading

WIN – The brand new Asics Springbok jersey

Good morning folks!
It’s another day in sunny South Africa, and guess what? I’ve got more Springbok jerseys to giveaway!

Last week I gave away two jerseys on Twitter, yesterday I gave away one on Instagram, and today I’m going to give away two on here, this blog. Do you want to know how you can get your hands on this beauty:

Asics' Springboks - It's quite pretty, eh?

Asics’ Springboks – It’s quite pretty, eh?

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