Liverpool FC fan Jimmy Spence is hoping his team can score a win in the champions league final.
Liverpool FC fan Jimmy Spence is hoping his team can score a win in the champions league final. Warren Lynam

Is this the Sunshine Coast's biggest Liverpool FC fan?

JIMMY Spence was just six years old when migrated from Belfast, Ireland to the Sunshine State.

His family didn't bring much with them on the 16,000km journey, the clothes of their backs mainly, and the love of a football team.

These days supporting Liverpool Football Club from literally half a world away is easy.

All fixtures are shown live, streamed or recorded, albeit often at the crack of dawn.

But it wasn't always that simple for the Noosaville resident.

"I came here in 1962. I played football for an English-based club in Brisbane, and one of of main sponsors dad's, straight after the game would ring his mum in Liverpool to get the scores," Mr Spence said.

"'Alright, what's the scores then?' he'd say in his scouser accent.

"Back then you had a highlights package one hour a week. That was it.

"But now I can watch it live, or record it and get up at 4.30am and watch it. You just don't look at the scores."

Mr Spence loves the club so much he named his dog after a player who named his dog after a Liverpool player and who often misses big occasions to "go home" and watch his beloved Reds.

"Kevin Keegan was my favourite, he was just magical," the 62-year-old said.

"I was in my teens when he came to Liverpool."

He has strips, scarves, flags, and literally boxes full of programs and merchandise stacking the shelves.

After years a trophy-less wilderness, Liverpool FC have re-emerged as a European force once more.

Come Sunday May 27, 4.45am, the Reds take on the might of Real Madrid, in the Champions League Final.

The nerves though, have been building for weeks.

"Oh none of us will sleep, we will be at the Casino by 2am putting up banners and flags, everything," he said.

"There will be more than 500 of us, easily."


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