Axel Gogstad spent his youth admiring stars of famous British football team, and decided to take his support to the next level when he turned 18, according to Daily Mail. In a moment of spontaneity, the youngster set off to write his name into Liverpool history – by changing it to Anfield.
Now known as Axel Gogstad-Anfield, the 27-year-old studies sports journalism in Southampton and is proud of his action.
’I come from Norway. I changed my name to Anfield when I turned 18, I’ve had it for nine years now,’ he told Liverpoolfc.com.
He said that he get a little stick from Manchester United fans. When he is in the airport in Manchester, customs give him a shake of the head – but it has been good.
Anfield is a football stadium in Anfield, Liverpool, England which has a seating capacity of 45,525. It has been the home of Liverpool F.C. since their formation in 1892. It was originally the home of Everton F.C. from 1884 to 1892, when they moved to Goodison Park.
The stadium has four stands: the Spion Kop, Main Stand, Centenary Stand and Anfield Road. The record attendance of 61,905, was set at a match between Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1952. The ground’s conversion to an all-seater stadium in 1994 as a result of the Taylor Report greatly reduced its capacity.
Two gates at the ground are named after former Liverpool managers: Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley. A statue of Shankly is situated outside the stadium. The ground is 2 miles (3 km) from Liverpool Lime Street railway station.
Plans to replace Anfield with a new 60,000-capacity stadium in adjacent Stanley Park were initiated in 2002. Fenway Sports Group’s acquisition of Liverpool in 2010 made the construction of a new stadium doubtful as they have said they would prefer to redevelop Anfield.