A much-loved Liverpool FC steward is leaving a job he has held for two decades despite being “desperate” to carry on.
Alan Edwards is a well-known figure at Anfield stadium to generations of fans – with some viewing him as a good luck charm.
But sadly lockdown meant a lengthy period of enforced inactivity for the 82-year-old from Broadgreen. Together with the effects of Parkinson’s Disease, it means he can no longer continue in the role he has held for the past two decades.
Alan’s son Keith, 56, said: “My dad was desperate to carry on, but lockdown hasn’t been kind to him.
“The Parkinson’s, along with not being as active as he was because stewards were not needed during lockdown, have taken their toll and he is now more unsteady on his feet.
“One of his biggest joys was always going to the match. He would always stand at the top of the same escalator at every game, and everyone knew him.
“In fact many fans looked to him as a good luck charm, and had pictures of him on their T-shirts.”
Alan’s association with his beloved Reds stretches far further back than being a steward – he went to his first match with his own dad when he was only 12.
Keith said: “He has only missed about 10 matches in 50 years. The club have been brilliant – he was sent a special message on his retirement from Klopp and all the players, which we’ve put in a frame for him.
“It’s the end of an era. All my mates attribute their love of football to my dad from when he used to take us all over England in his van to watch Liverpool play.”
To mark Alan’s retirement, his fellow stewards are putting together a collection for him, which will be presented to him when he next attends a home game as a spectator.
In addition, a fundraising campaign has been launched to get a tribute banner made for Alan to be displayed in the Main Stand for the rest of the season.
It was launched by Reds fan Mark Sweatman, from Oxton, near Birkenhead, who makes banners as a hobby.
He said: “I decided I wanted to do something to give him the send off he deserves from the Main Stand fans, to let him know just how much we have cherished him over the years.
“Me and my matchgoing friends have enjoyed Alan’s unique welcome ever since the opening of the new Main Stand at Anfield in 2016.
“He always greeted us with a friendly smile and a score prediction at the top of the Main Stand escalators, and he has been somewhat of a lucky charm.
“We’ve enjoyed a period of great success since Alan became part of our matchday experience, and he became known to us as the Lucky Steward, before we learned his actual name.
“It was always remarkable how Alan had a queue of supporters waiting to enjoy their few moments with him on matchdays – he has meant so much to so many people.”
The fundraising page to help with the costs of producing the banner can be found here.
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