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Still Nil Nil – A Football Lover’s Perfect Gift

As you’ll know if you’re a long-time reader of Mum’s the Word, we’re fans of Liverpool Football Club. Husband has been a fan his whole life, and when we met I adopted LFC as my team, too. That means that there are many historical games from LFC’s football past that we revisit from time to time, and we’ve been to Anfield as a family for a special day of Liverpool FC hospitality (we also saw Luis Suarez score his first ever Home hat-trick while we were there, which made it extra special).

Perhaps one of the most relevant games to current Liverpool fans is the night of the 2005 Champions League Final, where Liverpool came back from 3-0 against AC Milan to win on penalties and become European Champions. It was an amazing night, and although it happened before I became a Liverpool fan, it was a night that Husband has rewatched with me MANY times, and one in his life that he’ll never forget. A Football Lover's Perfect GiftThat’s why, when I received an email about Still Nil Nil, I knew it would make an incredible gift for Husband. You see, Still Nil Nil have taken these special nights in sporting history and created beautifully illustrated books, containing original poetry, describing the events in detail. There are currently three titles available, costing £12 each; The Treble, based on Manchester United’s historic 1998/99 season, Invincible, revisiting Arsenal’s unbeaten 2003/04 season; and The Miracle of Istanbul, retelling Liverpool’s epic Champions League final comeback in 2004/05.

The Miracle of Istanbul

Josh Clarke, founder and director of Still Nil Nil, said: “It’s incredibly exciting to finally unveil a true passion project, Still Nil Nil. Millions of parents and children bond over their football club – and our books represent the perfect way for parents to pass on their passion, and memories, to their children with an incredible shared experience.

“With Christmas fast approaching, the response to our initial three books has already been overwhelmingly positive. We are delighted to be delivering gifts that football-mad children (and, probably more so, parents) are going to love.”

I can’t wait to give Husband his copy and I think it will be something he’ll cherish. The books are aimed at kids, but I truly think they’re perfect for football fans of any age, and for Liverpool fans young and old, the night in Istanbul will be something they want to remember forever.

There’s still plenty of time to order your copy of a Still Nil Nil book from the website, so head over there and grab one now.

Things to Do in Liverpool #LiverpoolGuide2018

Liverpool Town HallIf you follow me on social media or have read this blog for a while you’ll probably be aware that we’re a family of Liverpool FC fans, and were lucky enough to go along to Anfield for a VIP visit a few years back. It’s still one of the best things we’ve ever done (not least of all because we got to watch Liverpool smash West Brom 4-1 and witnesses Luis Suarez score his first home hat-trick!) but my one regret is that we didn’t have more time to spend around the city of Liverpool.

Husband and I have said many times that we’d love to visit Liverpool and spend time in the city, and there are lots of things we’d like to do while we’re there. Here’s just a few of them:

 Shopping

Okay, okay, so I know this one is a cliche, but our local town has a high street which is populated with Pound shops or empty units which are being squatted in by mobile phone case shops – absolutely DIRE if you want to buy something to wear and don’t want to do it all online! I have it on good authority that Liverpool ONE is absolutely amazing for shopping, and I think I’ll be doing a lot of saving up before hand so that I could really treat myself.

See The Liver Birds

Liverpool is full of iconic sights, but the Liver birds on top of the town hall are probably the most famous – Husband even has one of them tattooed on him (along with five stars for every time we’ve won the Champion’s League!). Seeing them in real life would be really cool, and another thing to tick off of the bucket list.

Museums

Liverpool has some amazing museums, including a Beatles museum, TATE Liverpool and the International Slavery Museum. Liverpool has such a rich history and is a true melting pot city because of the docks, and I’d love to absorb as much of the history as possible – museums seem like a good place to do that.

Albert Dock

The Albert Dock used to be a busy industrial area where boats would load and unload, but it’s been renovated to be a busy waterfront leisure area, full of bars, restaurants, shops and museums, all set in the country’s largest collection of Grade I listed buildings. It sounds like an amazing place for Husband and I to have a night out!

Anfield Stadium

Yes, I know this is what we did last time we were in Liverpool, but when you’re not a season ticket owner or Liverpool local, tickets are like HENS TEETH and really hard to get hold of! We’ve not been to Anfield for a match since 2013, and although I was pregnant with BB at the time (so she’s technically been there!) we’d love to take her up again for her first proper experience.

Are you a lover of Liverpool? What’s your favourite place to go while you’re there? Do leave me a comment below, I’d love to hear all about it.

Our Liverpool Experience and Little Livers/Mighty Red Giveaway

It’s been a while since I posted the first part of our Liverpool Football Club experience but needless to say it’s all still fresh in our minds. I won’t follow up with a full-on match report, but suffice to say seeing Luis Suarez score his first home hat-trick was an unbelievable experience! The atmosphere during the match was like nothing I’ve ever encountered before – you can genuinely feel the excitement crackle in the air like a firework and watching the stadium erupt into cheering and song when someone scores is one of the most exhilarating moments of my life.

Liverpool vs. West Brom - facing the Kop

If you’re a Liverpool fan, or even just a football fan in general, you’ll know that the song ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ is really important to the club. It’s originally from the film ‘Carousel’, written in 1945 by Rodgers and Hammerstein, but was recorded by Liverpool legends Gerry and the Pacemakers in 1963 and was adopted as a club song by the fans. I’ve heard it sung by the Kop end of the stadium on TV and in audio recordings hundreds of times, but standing in front of the Kop, singing along with 12,400 die-hard Liverpool fans and watching my daughter sing along was something I’ll never, ever forget.

We all left after that game feeling utterly elated. I’m so pleased that we got to have this experience as a family and I’ll be making more effort in the future to get us all there again (providing we can get our hands on tickets!). Now that Sausage has been to Anfield, it’s only right that her sister gets to go too!

Now, the good news is that I have 4 kids Liverpool FC membership packages available for you to win! Here’s the blurb:

Liverpool FC also offer special memberships for little ones, with Little Livers (0-3 years) or Mighty Reds (4–11 years) packages available. Tailored to suit each age range, both welcome packs are worth over £25 and come with great benefits such as an LFC birthday card, priority access to Barclays Premier League home games and the chance to become an LFC Mascot. The ideal birthday or Christmas gift for little ones.

All you have to do to win is leave me a comment below telling me who your little one’s favourite Liverpool player is and why. 

(winner will be chosen at random, giveaway closes at midnight on 11th December, no cash alternative will be offered. Prizes to be provided by LFC, Mum’s the Word accepts no liability for the provision of prizes)