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Thursday 06 March 2014

Barnes praises Barclays Bus service for loyal Liverpool fans

Liverpool legend joins loyal away fans on Barclays Bus to St Mary's Stadium

  • John Barnes joined Liverpool fans on the bus down to Southampton

  • The round trip between Anfield and St Mary's was 471 miles

  • Barnes appreciated the support he received from Liverpool fans during his time at the club

  • It was the fifth time Barclays had laid on the buses for loyal away fans this season

A group of loyal Liverpool supporters travelled down to the Barclays Premier League match last weekend with Southampton in style thanks to Barclays.

The title sponsors of the Barclays Premier League provided free away bus travel to more than 80 Reds for the 471-mile round trip with the help of Liverpool legend John Barnes. The service was part of the Barclays Buses, a scheme providing free bus travel for groups of loyal Barclays Premier League away fans over the next three seasons.

"The Liverpool fans were very special to me during my playing career"
John Barnes

This was the fifth such experience, after the launch of the scheme with Ian Wright and Crystal Palace fans. The others have been Michael Gray and Sunderland fans, Ray Parlour and Arsenal and Andy Legg and Cardiff City.

The Liverpool fans got the chance to quiz Barnes over breakfast about a career during which he made 407 appearances and scored 108 goals for the Reds.

"The Liverpool fans were very special to me during my playing career, especially those that travelled up and down the country supporting the team, so it's fantastic to see Barclays reward those loyal away supporters with free bus travel," Barnes said.

"They provide the Liverpool team with brilliant support all season long, so I’m pleased to be backing the Barclays Buses initiative which gives a little back to those that show undoubted passion for the football club."

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Key Points

  • Former Liverpool player John Barnes joins Reds fans on the Barclays Bus for the trip to Southampton
  • The legend praises the Barclays scheme to reward loyal away fans in the Barclays Premier League
  • This is the fifth edition of the Barclays Bus initiative this season