Lucky Liverpool fans were treated to a training session and match at the Liverpool FC International Academy near Knowsley, as well as a surprise meeting with a former Anfield hero on 25 July 2016.
Around 140 winners, guests and MBNA customers – some of whom had travelled from as far afield as Ireland – were picked to take part in the Play on Pitch event hosted by MBNA following a golden ticket giveaway.
The day kicked off early at the state-of-the-art facility with an introduction from an LFC coach. Participants were then given an MBNA bag filled with goodies, including drinks and snacks to keep them fuelled up, before being split into groups depending on age, for coaching sessions on the centre’s 4G pitch.
As the training got underway, ex-Liverpool striker and LFC legend John Aldridge surprised the winners by coming over to offer advice from the sidelines. Afterwards, Aldridge – who made 104 appearances and scored 63 goals for the Reds between 1987 and 1989 – stayed to cheer on the competition winners while they played a match before signing shirts, boots and photos, and posing for selfies.
Here’s a few social media comments from the day, plus a couple of snaps:
‘What an amazing day at the @LFC Academy for a training session’.
‘Thanks for our #goldenticket for the academy this morning. Evan loved it’.
‘Me and the twins, enjoying our day @mbna #LFC @LFC’.
‘Hanging around with John Aldridge #LFC’.