As the video replayed images of football fans flying to far flung fields, Jamie Carragher was laughing his head off: “We know that lad!”
The Kop legend and family were among the hordes of visitors enjoying the Museum of Liverpool on the eve of the new football season.
Team Carragher were recognising fans in the Kicking and Screaming film in the Wondrous Place gallery.
It wasn’t long before people were soon recognising the football player in their midst. A few visitors did a double take when they spotted Jamie. One fan from Ireland was all at sea in Global City: “Jamie you are my hero. Can I have my photograph with you?”
Jamie was stopped and asked for autographs and photos around a dozen times and he obliged for every single fan.
For me it was a bit surreal showing someone around the museum who I’d spent years watching from the stands at Anfield. I remember watching Jamie’s full league debut 15-years-ago at home to West Ham (he scored!).
My favourite Carra moment was Istanbul – the greatest match in the history of Liverpool FC. He played on with agonising cramp in the European Cup comeback of the century.
The Kicking and Screaming film shows the scenes of jubilation as the Kop heroes returned to the city with the cup from Turkey. It’s great footage – tens of thousands of Liverpool fans going crazy amid flags and flashlights.
It’s my favourite part of the film. I never witnessed those scenes first hand during that balmy May night. Like a couple of thousand other Liverpool supporters I was stranded in Istanbul as flights home were delayed by hours.
What a high it must have been to see the team bring home the cup. But not as good as actually being in the Ataturk to witness history!
You can relive all the magic of Istanbul and what it means to be Red or Blue at the Museum of Liverpool. The Wondrous Place gallery contains artefacts and stories from all three Merseyside clubs.
To see photographs of Jamie at the museum go to our Flickr set here.