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Member Name: clumsy1974
Date: 04/04/04, updated on 26/04/04 (676 review reads)
Advantages: Great design, Good extras - for a fee, Good games
Disadvantages: Ticket Master's , Annoying advertising pop-up for Ebay
Before you begin reading through this - bear in mind that I am an avid Liverpool Football Club supporter. I make great efforts to travel up to Liverpool as often as I can, and I have already picked the square foot of the Anfield pitch where I would like my ashes to be scattered. With that in mind, you might forgive me for a certain biase to this review...
The original www.liverpoolfc.tv was probably the best club site in the English Barclaycard Premier Division, maybe even in the whole of English Football. It certainly overshadowed the English FA's own site (www.thefa.org), in my opinion. It?s the official web site of the (current) most successful football club in English history, and the only place for exclusive news on the team and the club. As Liverpool FC gets ready to announce the final details of the, soon to be started, new stadium, this is the place to get the information first. You often find that the BBC website "lifts" news directly from www.liverpoolfc.tv - although I am sure they have permission to do so. If it?s not on this site, it?s not true! (sorry koptalk, football365, Sky Sports News et-al)
With the update of April 1st 2004, I think the creators, of an already slick site, have raised the bar again. The various shades of red, along with a fairly slow refresh time have gone, to be replaced with a corporate looking white background, intuitive frame style layout and altogether faster experience.
LFC have teamed up with Granada (who currently has a 10% share in the club) to provide users with a very good basic content, including interviews, news, various downloads and club information. You can get wallpapers of the team, ring tones for your mobile and check up on how our injury problems are improving or worsening. Match
reports and post game news is normally available within a few minutes of the final whistle.
A payment of £3.99 per month opens up the full power of the site. For this fee you ge
t an "E-Season ticket". This gives you a wide range of interactive services, including a match day show - with a live feed for all games; video is available for home matches. There have been complaints regarding speed on this service, but a recent update and move to Windows Media format, over Real, should improve this. Needless to say, don?t subscribe to an E-Season ticket if you haven?t got, or unable to get a DSL or cable connection.
A further benefit of E-Season ticket membership is the chance to get the Holy Grail - home tickets to a premiership match. Be quick if you do get the opportunity to buy. LFC reserve a tiny portion of the ground for sale over the web in this way. Tickets go on sale through ticket master at 10am on the stated day of sale. They are all gone by 10:10 at the latest! If you a Priority Ticket Scheme Member (an service LFC offer as an extension to their fan club) you can actually buy PTS tickets through the site too - again using ticket master.
A great new feature, of interest to all footie fans I think, is the online European Club Championship game. Opened as a pop-up window, once you select the game from the front page, you get to take your chosen team through to the European Championship final. The game takes the form of a sequence of penalty shootouts. You are told at the start of each match how many penalties you must score to progress. You shoot your penalty by watching the moving guide, and clicking when the shot direction is to your liking. You can loft the ball by holding down the mouse button. I find its quite ha
rd to get past the keeper once you get to the knockout stage, and have a high score of 3940 - beat me if you can.
It goes without saying that www.liverpoolfc.tv is the first site I hit most days. It has its small faults, but these are getting better. A live chatroom would be good, even if it?s only for the E-Season ticket (There is a message board open from 9:30am to 10:30pm). I underst
and why this is not available - its very hard to moderate a live chatroom, and the club does not want to be exposed to the issues that Microsoft has had in recent months. The reliance on Ticket Master to sell the match tickets, that mean so much to those of us who have not been able to get a real season ticket, causes many many message board complaints. A final niggle I have is that you often get a new window open, advertising Ebay - I know all about Ebay thanks! No need to push it to me every time I visit the page of my favorite football team.
However, in these days of slightly dodgy on pitch performances, its still the one thing where LFC are always top of the league.