I was thinking to myself while smiling gleefully and was grinning from ear to ear... As I went to the hotel room, my wife said "Why are you smiling so happily? You looked happier than in our wedding day!!!"
I couldn't help but laughed at her comments. Truth be told, I was feeling ecstatic! Why? I had just managed to take a picture with Jurgen Klopp at the hotel lobby. There are 2 kids in front of where I stood and Jurgen Klopp just walk to them and took a picture with them. I called him, “Boss, do you mind a photo with me” in which he politely obliged. That’s the happiest day in my life… apart from my wedding day of course in which my wife will begged to differ.
I remembered clearly that day. It was a Saturday when we arrive at Liverpool from London. It was the first week of December 2018 and we were to be in the UK for a whole month. That December, we had 4 groups to manage, 3 Anfield Expedition groups and 1 Old Trafford Experience group but we purposely choose to arrive earlier to spend a few days of holiday before the real work starts.
I knew that the Liverpool FC team would stay at that hotel before or after the match. I wasn’t entirely sure and the hotel staff wouldn’t disclose that information. Since there was a home match that weekend, I thought of booking into that hotel to check out how the rooms are and most important to do a little bit of “recon” for our future groups.
Coincidentally, that period, we had just celebrated my 9th year wedding anniversary with my wife I had taken the trouble to arrange a surprise for her with the hotel staff, a set of flowers in the room for her upon checking in.
They said that there’s a strong woman behind every man. That is what my wife; one of is the key supporting pillar of my life, through my ups and down. When I was down and out, she stood beside me and constantly motivating me. And because of my condition, I’m not allowed to have a driving license, so she is the one who drives me around all the time. It’s the other way around for most guys, most guys drive around their wives.
Even today as I’m writing this story, since the unfortunate situation that happened, where the suspension of the English Premier League creates lots of uncertainties in the business, my wife will always remind me that I’m not alone in this.
And had she not planted the seed in my head to help football fans in providing a solution, I don’t know whether there will be a Matchday Affairs today. I’m very thankful and grateful that I married the right lady!
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