HOW IT ALL STARTED...
After my recovery from my surgery in mid 2015, I told myself that I would like to visit Anfield one more time. I was toying with the idea but I hesitated to share it with my wife because the previous vacation to Europe was a nightmare. I was at fault at that time as I was a lousy traveler. So, I hesitated to tell her and wasn’t totally sure how she will react if I had suggested another Europe trip.
A few months later, in January 2016, when I’ve just started working at Qu’ins Travel & Tours, I finally decide to tell her about my plans. Thankfully she agreed but on two conditions, that I’m the one who will be planning the itinerary and it must include a London leg on the trip.
Having received the GREEN LIGHT from the Boss, I carried on with the research in attempt to find out more about the Liverpool and London, how and where to get match tickets, where is the best place to stay in Liverpool and London, what kind of public transportation is available. Obsessed in finding out more, I scoured the internet high and low every day. Yes! Every single day I was on my mobile for at least 2 hours.
With technology at my fingertips, I thought that getting the information above can be quite easy. I was wrong! Planning for the trip can be tricky at times. The critical factor is how to get the match tickets and which kind of suppliers are the reliable ones. There are so many 3rd party websites that offer match tickets but none can really guarantee we will get the match tickets.
I imagine myself flying out all the way to the UK, all hype up and making my way to Liverpool. What if after I had purchased the match tickets online, the seller fails to show up? If the seller does show up, how do we ensure the seller will not give fake match tickets. All this concerns and worries are constantly floating and running around my mind.
Then I come across this email at my workplace, there’s a convention for travel professionals and one of the thousands of participating partners in that convention offers match tickets! At last A breakthrough, I thought to myself.
And I contacted them and told them about my concerns on getting match tickets from them. They brief me on the process and reassured me that they will deliver the match tickets.
That night, I discussed the matter with my wife and she suggested to me that since I’m already working with Qu’ins Travel and Tours, why not I try to create a solution to help the other fans who were in the same boat as I was previously.
So instead of planning and going for a vacation, in December 2016, me and my wife went on a recce trip for 2 weeks to the UK. Most importantly, we managed to catch a few matches to test the reliability and authenticity of the match tickets. We managed to learn more about Liverpool, Manchester and London, what form of transportation do each city use, where to get food especially halal eateries and so on…
That is why and how the idea of Matchday Affairs was born. It’s basically a tool to help other football fans who wants to have an experience of a lifetime and who wants their dream to be finally realized.
Watch this space for more stories with Matchday Affairs!
Founder of Matchday Affairs