A STRABANE man who was a massive Liverpool FC fan has had his name immortalised at Anfield.
Kevin McBride (37), who died after falling 30ft from a balcony in Dicey Reilly’s Bar back in 2012, has recently had a granite stone bearing his name installed within the Anfield Forever scheme.
Initiated earlier this year, Anfield Forever is a celebration of the club, players, managers and global supporters. The stones, including Kevin’s, are situated in a landscaped walkway area along 96 Avenue at Anfield stadium. Each stone tells a different story and together, according to the Liverpool FC website, “they help create a memory walk which works as a welcoming space for fans and visitors.”
Cast in granite, each of these stones was meticulously hand engraved with the personalised message and a unique issue nu
“It was a lovely thought,” Kevin McBride’s niece, Emma McLaughlin-McBride remarked this week.
“My grandfather (Kevin) was shocked to realise that people still think about him and that he’s still in people’s memories. Both granda and granny thought it was a nice tribute.”
Conceived of and organised by Christopher ‘Hen’ Hendry and Kevin’s friends at Dicey’s, the stone will remain at his beloved club’s home ground for perpetuity. Some local people travelling to Liverpool home matches have already taken time to view the memorial.
“In a small town like Strabane, sometimes you don’t expect things like this,” Emma continued. “So it’s a lovely gesture.
“I’ve never been to Anfield ; I’m a Man Utd fan. But now it’s something that I have on the list to do.
“Five years down the line – Kevin’s anniversary was this month – the family definitely didn’t expect anything like this. It’s a really nice gesture.”
As well as the stone at Anfield Forever, a certificate commemorating such will be presented to the McBride family in the coming weeks.
For his part, Christopher ‘Hen’ Hendry said he’s so glad the family appreciated the gesture.
“We wanted to do something for Kevin’s memory,” Hen explained.
“He was a massive Liverpool fan and we could have organised a memorial football tournament or something like that. But with this it’s something that’ll always be there.
“I think it’s something he would have liked too.”