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Rachel’s first European away, the Salzburg job!
An LDSA members account of her first European away fixture with the Reds.
Getting to
Firstly, a little bit about
me... I’m a 47-year-old woman originally a Chelsea supporter due to family allegiance but having moved from London to Warrington with my husband in 2007, through him, I became a massive Liverpool supporter. I have had a disability all
my life and I’m a full-time wheelchair user of short stature.
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I’ve been attending home matches at Anfield regularly for about 3 seasons now. The facilities at Anfield for disabled supporters in my opinion, are wonderful, and I get great joy from seeing disabled supporters of all kinds enjoying a good game alongside our able-bodied friends. It really does feel empowering.
A few weeks back I was lucky enough to be offered a ticket to Salzburg v Liverpool in the Champions League away from home. To be honest, I was quite daunted by the prospect of going to a European away game. I always worry about the ease of getting on the plane and also the language barrier can be an issue, especially if I need to ask for something in an emergency, and of course the unknown stadiums and what the crowds at the stadium would be like! The Salzburg game was an opportunity I didn’t want to
miss, so I took the bull by the horns and went for it.
I wasn’t travelling alone; I had my husband who doubles as a carer at times coming along with me for the trip. The flight from Liverpool to Salzburg was mostly uneventful, we flew with Eurowings, they
are owned by the Lufthansa group. It was by no means luxury, but the staff were helpful as possible. It was
a special football flight but
not organised by the club.
I was able to take my own wheelchair right up to the aeroplane door, and my seat was nice and close to the door, so my husband just gave me a quick lift to my seat and away we flew.
Once at Salzburg airport, we had a short wait while my wheelchair was located and brought to the aircraft door, we were taken off the aircraft via an Ambulift (also sometimes called a Medical Lift), it’s
used for the easy planning
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