Welcome to Footy247.co.uk.
What’s the site about?
Aside from football news, the aim of the site is to share info about teams, players, leagues, competitions and more. Football as a game has the same set of rules, but tactics, teams etc change all the time, so I’m going to try and keep on top of things by providing as much information as I can along the way.
I’ve created a “football basics” section of the site which will grow over time, explaining everything there is to know (well almost everything), and am in the (never ending) process of building out football stats section, where you can find info such as head to head stats, goals, assists and more.
Who is behind the site?
I’m Tony, a guy the right side of 40, from Liverpool in the UK. I’m a massive Liverpool fan, but have a love for the game in general; and often watch matches from around the world. I’m not some faceless person using a fake address and phone number to pretend to be a real person (unlike other sites stealing content that I’ve written)
I’ve been playing football since as long as I can remember, and although it was my dream to make it pro, like everyone else, I was never even remotely close to being good enough. I’ve been involved in coaching local teams before as I studied for my FA Level 1 badge years ago, but have been spending years studying stats, players and results, alongside 10000+ hours on football manager!
Footy247.co.uk was initially started by me and my brother, way back in 2006 – you can see the first version of the site here. Life got in the way , and we couldn’t keep up with the site, but the domain has been on auto renew, so I decided to try and get it going again. I’ve previously ran the now defunct anfieldred.co.uk – a Liverpool FC fan site that was around from 2005-2014. I sold the site to a fan in Australia, who hasn’t had the time to keep it going.
I have some videos on the old Youtube account for Anfieldred – the video quality is awful (technology has since evolved) – check them out here: https://www.youtube.com/@anfieldred21/videos
I worked for LFC when I was at uni, and during Rafa Benitez‘s reign at the club, I missed 5 home games during that time – going to the match was what I lived for. I’m now married and have a son, so can’t spend all my money on going to the match unfortunately!
It’s an old photo – but when we won the European Cup in 2005, the staff got to go and see the trophy a few days later :
When we won the league in 2019/20, again I got to see the trophies up close – the Premier League trophy, alongside the Champions League and European Super Cup, and the Club World Cup:
My first match
My first match was at the age of 12 – my dad took me to Liverpool v Leeds in the FA cup 6th round replay. I’ve still got the programme from that first game, and recently managed to get it signed by Steve McManaman, who was on the cover and scored 2 in that game:
We won 3-0, with Robbie Fowler scoring one, and my favourite player Steve McManaman bagging 2:
My favourite players
As a kid, it was always McManaman. When I started going to the games, Steven Gerrard stood head and shoulders above everyone, and won us countless games over the years. Fernando Torres came along and was the best striker I’d seen for years, until Luis Suarez signed for LFC – no one has come close to just how amazing he was for us. Outside of LFC, it was Ronaldo (the original, Brazilian one) who I used to love watching round the keeper and tap in to an empty net. There are too many to mention, but my favourite players include:
- Robbie Fowler
- Alessandro Del Piero
- Luis Suarez
- Edgar Davids
- Roberto Carlos
- Javier Mascherano
- Xabi Alonso
- Fernando Torres
- Leo Messi
If you want to know more, just get in touch via the contact form!