In order to understand my accounts of the different grounds I have visited, you will need to learn about the various characters that keep popping up at various matches that I have attended over the years.

The main characters are:-

Taffi - My best friend in the 70's who I grew up with in Chester. He attended many games at both Chester and Liverpool with me. A Cardiff City fan who now lives in Cardiff, who I still see from time to time.

Wino - Southend United superfan, who organises the "unofficial" coaches to Southend's away games.

Phil - A long standing Southend fan and season ticket holder, who I wnet to many of my first Southend away games with.

Peter - My son, who has attended many Southend away games with me over the years.

Pat and Marilyn - The organisers of coaches to Liverpool games, both home and away from Essex. 

Wendy - My long suffering wife, who occasionally has been to away games with me. But goes shopping in the town where the match is! She also likes to receive a mascot figure from the ground I visit for her collection. 

Plus...a whole host of Southend and Liverpool fans who I have got to know on away trips over the years, including: David, Warren, Pete, Nigel, Steve, Mohammed, etc