How a Liverpool fan put ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ into action in Ukraine – The Athletic

Liverpool Football Club is known for its fanatical fan base and for a song – ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ – that is as much about camaraderie and service as it is sport.

But for anyone who would have you believe that these are just chants and slogans, especially in this modern era of high-profile, outspoken sports marketing, we invite you to grab a chair, have a beer or two, and leave Andy Smeaton enlightens you on what teamwork, real teamwork, is all about.

Smeaton, 53, does not play for Liverpool Football Club. He’s a security specialist for a Boston technology company and lives in Quincy with his wife Jaclyn and their seven – yes, seven – children. But Smeaton grew up in the Garston area of ​​Liverpool and attended games at a time when Kevin Keegan, Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush were starring for the Reds. This is important information because it was Smeaton’s love for Liverpool Football Club – and his deep belief in what the LFC is about – that led him to make a daring decision last month to see what he could do he calls “the tragedy in Ukraine”.

Smeaton made headlines in March when he flew from Boston to Krakow, Poland, via Frankfurt, Germany, and then made his way to the Poland-Ukraine border to help with relief efforts. While he was doing this, “helping people, trying to get them into hotels and things like that,” he said, he also kept in touch with a colleague, Kris van Huystee, who lived in Kyiv, Ukraine, who is struggling, his wife, his son and family pets out of the country.

Smeaton had a solution: he would drive across the border into Ukraine and drive to Kyiv. He would pick up van Huystee and his family, turn the car around and drive back to Poland. How a Liverpool fan put ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ into action in Ukraine – The Athletic

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