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LFC end of season party

Chavasse Park banging all the way through to Monday morning

Published on May 16th 2011.

LFC end of season party

AFTER a spectacular drumming display by the Batala samba crowd, resplendent in red Liverpool Football Club kits, our hopes were high for a banging first team squad making an appearance at the very classy looking Palm Sugar Lounge on Sunday night.

Instead we found the cast of Hollyoaks. But hey, it was early days, and nothing wrong with a bit of TV eye candy sometimes when the alternative is hairy footballer knees.

Admittedly they would probably not have fared any worse than Torres and co had they – and we're not leaving the girls out here – taken to the field in the first few months of LFC's Premiership season. And their drama school diplomas would certainly have come in handy while writhing about in the opposition's penalty area.

216.JPGBut these were soap stars, not the superstars who hours earlier bestrode the Anfield turf like gods while, er, losing 2-0 to their chief rivals for the coveted - in the absence of anything better - Fifth Place (an LFC fan wrote this, before you all start, ed).

Perhaps they were hiding.

We should have done our homework. If we had, we'd have known that right then Andy, Maxi, Pepe, Stevie G, King Kenny and the rest of the generally-on-the-up team were actually ensconced across the way in the Hilton at an exclusive, £200-a-head, black-tie fundraiser for the very creditable Anthony Nolan 'Give a Spit, Save a Life' campaign.

Would they turn up later? They might. After all, they didn't have to be on the train into work by 8.30am.

Meanwhile, we sipped on probably not the absolute very best lager in the world, made all the better by being served by models in little black dresses. This was, after all, the sponsor Carlsberg's end of season party.

The glitter was on, the beautiful crowds were out in force and everyone was having fun.

There was one early flurry of excitement - when Dirk Kuyt nipped over to the glamorous Liverpool One bar to collect the brewer's Man of the Season trophy from the original soap queen, Sue Johnson. But other luminaries, mainly from Anfield’s yesteryear, remained mere shadows behind the VIP cordon.

194.JPGBut anything could still happen at this bash. “The bar is open till 5am,” announced the MC, Willie Miller. This sounded exhausting. Cue another lager advertising slogan: time for a sharp exit. Over the road with us.

And who did we spot coming out of the Hilton but the club owners who kindly allowed us to snap them at this late hour. Still walking the walk and not just talking the talk.

Yes, John Henry and his buddy Tom Werner – a man who discovered Robin Williams and who was a special adviser to the Clintons in the White House years. 

Bet President Bill didn't do Carlsberg in the Oval Office. Now, little black dresses is another matter...

Hilton pictures: Liverpool Confidential. Palm Sugar Lounge: Diane Thompson.

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Stan the ManMay 16th 2011.

Cool way to spend a Sunday night and good on the owners of LFC showing support to little Luca's fundraiser.

Maybe the Palm Sugar and the Hilton should hold a more coordinated LFC - or EFC event next time or how about both? There's a big green kick-around space in the middle. Just a thought

Lord Grosvenor of Haw HawMay 16th 2011.

Are you saying Chavasse Park could be the shared stadium?

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