Recently we caught up with The Voice Of Anfield, George Sephton. George has been the Anfield announcer for an astonishing 44 years. Going into his 45th season we had the privilege to pick his brain, and find out what it has been like to have watch players and teams come on go. Of course we asked the odd cheeky question, it would rude not to..
Never in a million years. Strangely – I spoke to Kevin after the United match last month and he was amazed to hear that I was still here!
You’ve been the announcer now for 43 years and have a job many Liverpool fans would dream of having. What does it mean to you being the famous Voice Of Anfield?
It means the world to me. Even after all these years to go through the directors entrance and down the back corridors. And to socialise with guys who were my heroes.
Prematch rituals.. Do you have any?
Just the usual touching of the “This Is Anfield Sign” I also have a well-trodden path through the Press Room and round the Kop before going through the Centenary Stand entrance and saying hello to people.
You’ve witnessed some amazing players come and go over the years. Who’s name were you always looking forward to seeing on the team sheet?
Kenny of course . Suarez definitely. I had a lot of time for Peter Beardsley and was sorry when he crossed the park!
Visiting players & teams who are the best you have seen play at Anfield?
Barca of course. I was in the paddock when Johann Cruyff was playing for Ajax at Anfield in the sixties. In my time I’ve seen all the great players play. Pele and Eusebio in the World Cup at Goodison. Platini , Messi etc. at Anfield. I even saw Stanley Matthews last game on Merseyside. I saw Maradona at Anfield but he was visiting in his role as Argentina manager!
Greeks! In the mid seventies when there were no squad numbers we played a Greek Team (AEK At hens I think) and they had five changes plus five substitutes not in the programme !! Nightmare. I was sitting near two radio commentators and , listening to them, the Greeks hardly had a kick all night!
There has been many special games at Anfield but what are your top 3?
Before I was doing my job I treasured the Cup-Winners Cup game against Munich 1860. We won 8-0 ! After that I suppose the St. Etienne game (everyone’s favourite!) but most of all the Chelsea Champions League semi-final in 2005. Best atmosphere ever and we were back in a European Cup final after 20 years, I thought it would never happen again!
What is your most memorable goal?
Stevie G against Olympiakos that same year ! We thought we were on our way out of the competition!
You’ve scored a few own goals yourself over the years, getting team names wrong like calling Southampton Swansea. Any in particular that spring to mind?
Cheeky! It’s Not THAT many! That Southampton thing was a pure lapse in concentration, I was watching the game and getting scores from elsewhere at the same time.
You have played a lot of local bands on the Anfield playlist over the years, have any gone on to make it?
Certainly! The Zutons , Atomic Kitten , The Coral , Teardrop Explodes, Lightning Seeds.
Champions League Final, Istanbul 2005. Where did you watch the game?
From the couch in my living room! Sore point that one..
Champions League or Premier League, if you could choose one to win this season which one would it be?
Premier League, Its been FAR too long. I belong to the Shankly school of thought where second is nowhere!
Dalglish or Gerrard who’s the biggest Liverpool legend?
Kenny I think but if Stevie comes back to manage successfully that may change.
Where do Liverpool need to strengthen in the summer, and who would you like to see us sign?
We need to enhance the Academy . We need a scouse backbone again now that we are without Stevie and Carra! I’d like to see us sign someone who wants to play for Liverpool and not the wages.
And finally, 44 years at the helm, any thoughts on retirement?
Not just yet. But I hit 70 next year . I want to see the stadium fully refurbished and expanded and I want to see us win the league again. I’d like to finish 45 seasons but I won’t make 50 and in any case it’s not up to me.
Thank you George for taking the time out of your busy schedule to speak to us, and thanks for such a great read. We hope you are at Anfield for many years to come. The place wouldn’t be the same without you.