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Article paru dans The Liverpool Echo - august 2014
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The “Voice of Anfield”, George Sephton, spoke of his relish at the prospect of playing the songs at Liverpool FC’s historic ground for the 44th football season in a row.
Rumours on Merseyside suggested the popular 68-year-old match-day stadium presenter was set to hang up his microphone in the Kop music room hot-seat, after selecting the tunes for more than 1,200 Reds home matches.


But George – whose dulcet tones have heralded thousands of goals and substitutions for tens of millions of Kopites since August 1971 – is ready to go again for another campaign after agreeing to another year on his rolling contract.





The country’s longest-serving matchday announcer will take up his position in the corner of the Kop on Sunday as the Reds start their Premier League campaign against Southampton.
He told the ECHO: “There will come a day when I press the wrong buttons and I don’t know what to play. But at the moment I’m on top of things and people at the club are happy with me. I enjoy the job a lot.


“I put something out on Twitter not so long ago, saying that ‘I’m packing up the day job’. What I meant was that I was thinking of packing in my full-time job at the office that I work at in Aintree. I work for a company that hires out cherry pickers.
“A lot of people think that I work at Anfield full-time, but I don’t. I only work part-time at Anfield so a lot of people got the wrong end of the stick when I sent the Tweet out and a few people sounded quite surprised. So that’s where the speculation probably came from.


“I’m going to give the day job up in the next few weeks because I want to go out to concentrate on doing some work with the Reds’ supporters’ clubs and do a lot of speaking engagements. That’s where I want to head. I’m coming to the age where I want to slow down and work fewer hours.
“As far as I’m concerned, though, I’m here at Anfield for a while yet. Leaving Anfield is not in my plans. It’s the best job most of the time. I enjoy it an awful lot and to be part of the club is unbelievable because I’m still a fan deep down. I can’t wait to get started for the new season.”


George tries his utmost to cram in as many Scouse bands as possible – and he has even been credited with making the careers of one Merseyside band.
He said: “Part of the set-up on the European match nights at Anfield is that I try my best to play Liverpool music. There are times when it’s really easy and you can play wall to wall Scousers. People who come from far and wide like listening to Lightning Seeds and the Scousers like listening to them as well.
“Obviously, the most requested song that I get is You’ll Never Walk Alone by Gerry and the Pacemakers, but I play many other Liverpool bands too. I always play Heart as Big as Liverpool by Pete Wylie and the Mighty Wah! – people love it because it’s an anthem these days.”


George added: “I played The Zutons and The Coral before they were well known and I remember Mel C was sending me songs by Atomic Kitten when no-one had heard of them. I was the first person to play The Teardrop Explodes and they said in an interview with the BBC that they owe their career to me because I played them at Anfield. There are a few bands that I have played before anyone else has, or certainly before their songs are played in front of large numbers of people, and it tickles me that some of these people turn up years later to be on at big venues. I can turn back to a time when no one had ever heard of them.


“I like to play the Justice Collective’s He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother. I always think that the capacity of Anfield got it to be the Christmas number one in the charts because it beat the second placed song by 45,000 and that’s the capacity of Anfield. It was a privilege that my name was credited alongside Sir Paul McCartney on the CD, where it gave ‘special thanks to the team’. That was surreal.


“I try to finish my set at Anfield with ‘Hey Jude’ by The Beatles because it plays for eight minutes. It’s a nice tune to drift away to and we all have a sing while I can pack up.”


George attended the Liverpool Institute High School for Boys in the 1960s while two former Beatles were present. He added: “I can go back to when I was 12 at school when I would watch these big lads playing the chords on their guitars in the down stairs class rooms in school. One was called Paul McCartney, the other was called George Harrison. I always look back to them and think they started somewhere. That’s why I like to play Scouse bands before they are well-known.”


The dad-of-three and grandad of seven, originally from Walton, made the transition from fan to Anfield’s master of ceremonies after writing a speculative letter to the club’s former secretary Peter Robinson at a time when the club were looking for a new match-day presenter.


George’s Kop career kicked off on the same day Kevin Keegan made his Reds debut against Nottingham Forest in August 1971.
He added: “By coincidence, I started coming to the match as a fan about a fortnight after Shanks joined the club in 1959. I was getting to the age when I could go to the match on my own or with my school mates. That was early 1960. I did my time on the Kop and then moved to the Paddock. So it was 11 years after first going to the match when I started working at Anfield.
“I was at the match with my wife one day and I was making sarcastic comments about the matchday presenter. My wife said “I bet you would not do a better job of it than him” , so as a dare I wrote to the club. My claim to fame used to be that Kevin Keegan and I sat on the same bin as we waited to be interviewed by the club in August 1971. He was waiting to see manager Bill Shankly and I was waiting to see the club secretary Peter Robinson. This young kid, Kevin, from Scunthorpe, turned out to play his first game. He never looked back. It was insane because I was playing the music at Anfield. It was surreal. I thought, ‘What am I doing here?’


“Just walking through the doors today still cracks me up because I remember as a schoolboy standing outside the Main Stand watching the players come and go and trying to get autographs from them. And now I walk through the same doors and wander around the place. It’s just insane. It doesn’t get any less insane as the years go by either.
“I sit back and think I could make a list of 10,000 people who would want my job. One of my treasures at home is a postcard from the late Radio 1 presenter John Peel. On it he wrote, ‘Do you realise that you are the only person in England whose job I would swap with mine?’


“Then about three years ago Kenny Dalglish said that I was, ‘Part of the history of Anfield’. It does not get any better that.
“This is my 44th start as the matchday announcer, which sounds more crazy the more times you say that. But if I thought all those years ago that I’d be here now then I wouldn’t have believed you if you had told me. I’ve only missed two competitive games in that time, one against Wigan in October 2008, and that was because my son was getting married, and another in the League Cup because I was working in London. Despite missing them, when I was working in information technology for mobile phone companies in London and Dumfries and there were snow blizzards I still managed to get back for the matches. I don’t know how I did it.


“I know there are people that think I’m just a recorded voice. They walk past me and they don’t know who I am until I start talking. That’s fun.
“The fans are a conservative bunch with a small letter ‘C’ and because I’ve been there that long it’s comforting for them that I’m part of the set-up. I don’t scream and shout like other announcers at Premier League stadiums and that’s something that people like.”


George has witnessed many changes to Anfield in his time as fan and announcer and he hopes to be working at the club when the ground’s capacity increases.
He said: “Someone of my age seeing the back of the Main Stand as just fresh air is a strange sight. I’d like to think that I’d be around to work at the new stadium. I never wanted the club to move and see the stadium knocked down because Anfield is a magical place, full of tradition, happy memories of success and history.


“It’s good to see the American owners develop the ground rather than knock it down. I was born in the 1940s and the stadium has been there all of my life.
“Anfield means so much to me. My dad, who would be 107 now, trialled at Anfield in 1923. He was a born-and-bred Liverpool fan and he said Anfield was the spiritual home of Liverpool then, so I can relate to the place even a century ago.


“The fact that they are rebuilding the stadium for the Anfield district is great too. It means everything to me that they have stayed at Anfield. I really think the American owners have the sense to take it all in and keep that tradition. The Fenway Park stadium in Boston is like that.
“At Anfield, I’ve seen them knock down the Kemlyn Road, then the old Kop and then the Anfield Road. And next it will be the Main Stand. When they do it bit by bit it’s not the end of the world. The whole place being knocked down in one go would have been a nightmare to me but they did it in instalments. I remember seeing them building the Kemlyn Road stand and that was a weird sight because it’s right next to where I sit. It will be wonderful to see all around the stadium when the new Main Stand is built.


“I’ve seen many changes to where I sit too. I used to sit in the roof of the Main Stand. It got quite cold in mid-winter. But on the up-side I was perched on the halfway line so I had a great view of the play and could feel the atmosphere. I did have to wrap up in those days though. Where I am now is warm.
“As for my equipment, I haven’t changed it for a few years. In 1994/95 I had a CD record player and then I got a mixer desk 10 years ago. One day I will get a laptop, but I’m comfortable with my mixer desk at the moment.”


Speaking after the Reds’ 4-0 victory in the club’s friendly match against Borussia Dortmund on Sunday, George said he is looking forward to the season ahead and he hopes that the Reds can go one better than last season in the league.


George said: “I belong to the ‘Bill Shankly School’ where, ‘First is first and second is nowhere’. But if you would have said at the start of last season that we will be second in the league then I’d be happy. Brendan Rodgers said that we’ve got to get to second before we get to first. And having seen some of the squad coming in we’ve got a really good squad. I’m a great believer in having a subs’ bench that frightens the living daylights out of the opposition - we may well have one of them this season.


“It’s sad to see the back end of Pepe Reina and we will see how much we will miss Luis Suarez. I’d love Suarez still to be banging in the goals for us but the biting in the World Cup was just crackers. I’m not glad that he’s gone. I just wish that it had never happened.


“New signing Dejan Lovren has a hell of a reputation as a defender and we’ve yet to see Lazar Markovic at Anfield too. If Brendan gets them gelling up front then it could work out to be a great season for us. We’re back in the Champions League, which is brilliant, and it’ll be interesting to see us play in Europe.


“I’d be so happy to win the league. It seems a long time ago that we won it. It seemed like we would win it every year. Obviously, we didn’t, but it did feel like that. It looks promising for next year though.”
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J'adore ce type !


J'ai déjà raconté cette anecdote, mais il y a ?????  années, j'assistait à mon premier match contre United et il a annoncé l'entrée des joueurs en demandant au public de ne pas crier trop fort afin de ne pas effrayer l'adversaire  Mr. Green


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