Liverpool FC's Istanbul miracle set to hit the stage

By Administrator on Jun 27, 09 10:02 AM in Journalists

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I MAY not remember many birthdays, anniversaries or even what I did last Thursday for that matter, but one date I will never forget is May 25.

Like most Reds that's hands down the best day of the year, the anniversary of the greatest day of my life.

For the past four years I've celebrated in the same fashion; half a dozen bottles of Efes beer and the DVD of our night in Istanbul.


Even now recalling those couple of days makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up.

I forced myself to wait an entire year before watching the game again after 2005 and now it's an annual treat that I look forward to in the closing weeks of the season.

"So what if the title has gone and we're not going to be in Rome again, I've got a date with a kebab and my Champions of Europe DVD," that kind of thing.

However, I am hoping to break from tradition next month (if I can get a ticket) and join thousands of other Reds with a pilgrimage to the Empire Theatre.

Big Red Nicky Allt's new play is a celebration of all things Istanbul and hits the stage for a practically sold-out nine-day run from July 9.

"It's hard graft at the minute mate," Nicky said when I called him for a taster yesterday.

"It feels great though. I can't wait to see what Reds fans think."

Based around the greatest final in football history, the tale is centred around two lads and dads and the rest of the travelling Kop hoping to bring Old Big Ears home for good.

Throw in a big bag of money, a sexy chambermaid and Hitler's cufflinks (?) and, as we've come to expect from the writer - who along with Dave Kirkby brought us Brick Up The Mersey Tunnels, it's got all the hallmarks of another Scouse comedy classic.

I've also heard unconfirmed whispers the play even features never before seen footage of Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard and Rafa Benitez which makes it unmissable for all Reds .

The full details of the script are more closely guarded than Nando's hairdryer but one thing is for sure, finding a ticket come next week is going to be tougher than landing a season ticket on the Kop.

* One Night In Istanbul runs from July 9 to July 18 at the Empire Theatre.

Catch it if you can!

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