A MATCHDAY steward from Anfield who spent 40 years working behind the scenes at Liverpool has penned a book about his experiences.
Derek Anderton, who lives in Netherton, has published ‘Tunnel Vision Anfield’ to give fans a unique insight into what it’s like working at one of the biggest football clubs in the world.
Derek was appointed the ‘matchday photographer’s steward’ in 1977, so he was tasked with looking after the snappers, giving him a perfect vantage point for watching the match!
The book, which has a foreword from Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler, focuses particularly on the Reds sides of the late 1970s and 1980s, with untold stories about legends including Sir Kenny Dalglish, Bob Paisley and Bill Shankly.
Derek explains how he first got the job in 1977. He said: “Having just come back from seeing Liverpool win their first European cup in Rome, I was inspired to apply for a matchday job at Anfield.
“To my amazement, the place I was to operate from was slap-bang between the home and away dressing rooms. I was suddenly part of the furniture in and around the dressing rooms and tunnel area. I couldn’t believe my luck!”
Some of the tales told in the book include the Manchester United squad and manager Ron Atkinson getting attacked with gas in 1986, and how Derek was tasked with trying to obtain team news from both Liverpool and the opposition.
He said: “Operating among a veritable galaxy of famous footballers and also many household names from the media and TV, it was a dream job as I became friendly with many commentators and production staff from BBC, ITV and Sky Sports.
“I was at Anfield for 40 years and during that time Liverpool went through ten managers, but I had just one wonderful experience!”
Tunnel Vision Anfield can be bought by searching online.