InstaBAM!  - Dan Hewitson ('Dortmund Away')

InstaBAM! - Dan Hewitson ('Dortmund Away')

Photos Dan Hewitson. Words Dave Hewitson

The flights were sorted. Liverpool to Gdansk, Gdansk to Dortmund, returning the same route. £140 for four flights. £80 for 2 nights Hotel. Bargain.

Nowadays ‘no one bats an eyelid’ on the obscure ways in which LFC fans travel across Europe to see their team. In fact, you’ve got to be mad to fly straight to the game, or have paid a budget airline £300+ for the opportunity.

Here’s our pictorial guide to the trip. Pics from a 1980s Canon Sureshot.

It’s been a while since we saw a Ciggie Ad on the street. This looks like an old faded 50s advert in Bochum en-route to Dortmund. We’ll see plenty of lads stocking up in Poland on the way home. £2.80 a pack.

It’s been a while since we saw a Ciggie Ad on the street. This looks like an old faded 50s advert in Bochum en-route to Dortmund. We’ll see plenty of lads stocking up in Poland on the way home. £2.80 a pack.

The Love-In begins. Never seen so many Liverpool fans in the opposition colours.

The Love-In begins. Never seen so many Liverpool fans in the opposition colours.

Let’s all meet in the biggest square, put the flags up, sing songs, let off flares, drink from plastic glasses, kick a ball in the air. Partaaaay!

Let’s all meet in the biggest square, put the flags up, sing songs, let off flares, drink from plastic glasses, kick a ball in the air. Partaaaay!

Confused. Is this street art or someones ‘returns’ where you get 25 cents a bottle. Memories of the Alpine Lemonade Van come flooding back.

Confused. Is this street art or someones ‘returns’ where you get 25 cents a bottle. Memories of the Alpine Lemonade Van come flooding back.

A wall set aside by the ground for stickers. Is it just me or does this look shit. Where’s Stok when you need him.

A wall set aside by the ground for stickers. Is it just me or does this look shit. Where’s Stok when you need him.

Heading to Dortmund Airport and noticing some floodlights behind some shops, our intrepid taxi driver takes a detour to show us Bochum FCs Ruhrstadion. We do love brutalist concrete architecture, as must the taxi driver.

Heading to Dortmund Airport and noticing some floodlights behind some shops, our intrepid taxi driver takes a detour to show us Bochum FCs Ruhrstadion. We do love brutalist concrete architecture, as must the taxi driver.

‘This doesn’t happen on every trip, you know’ to a 13 yr old with us on her first European trip to see the Reds. The team come through the airport next to us as we get our bags scanned. ‘Can we get a Team-Photo, Jurgen?’ ‘Are Youse a Team?’ he replies as we gather round. ‘Coutinho, team-photo’ ‘Sakho, team-photo’ ‘Origi, team-photo’ yes we were annoying. 

‘This doesn’t happen on every trip, you know’ to a 13 yr old with us on her first European trip to see the Reds. The team come through the airport next to us as we get our bags scanned.

‘Can we get a Team-Photo, Jurgen?’

‘Are Youse a Team?’ he replies as we gather round.

‘Coutinho, team-photo’ ‘Sakho, team-photo’ ‘Origi, team-photo’ yes we were annoying. 

And just in case you forgot to get a present for the loved ones, there’s always the Dortmund Vending Machine in the Airport. Everything €20. No Change Given. Read more LFC European Away tales in Dave's book ‘Places I Remember’ available from www.80scasuals.co.uk

And just in case you forgot to get a present for the loved ones, there’s always the Dortmund Vending Machine in the Airport. Everything €20. No Change Given.

Read more LFC European Away tales in Dave's book ‘Places I Remember’ available from www.80scasuals.co.uk

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