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May 2 2014

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Distributor dreams of Liverpool title win

A Lancashire distributor and lifelong Liverpool fan is hoping for a dream finish to the football season - with him joining his Kop idols on the pitch.

But even if the Barclays Premier League title ends up 36 miles away down the M62 at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium, John Barlow's company, Barlow Trailers, will still be playing a big part in the glittering presentation ceremony.

The company, a distributor for Ifor Williams Trailers, is responsible for delivering the staging and equipment needed for the on-pitch presentation of the trophy at whichever North West club wins the title.

However, John, who has been a Liverpool season ticket holder since 1987, is desperately hoping he will be pulling two trailers, packed with the all staging needed for the presentation, onto the hallowed Anfield turf in front of more than 45,000 adoring fans.

He said: "I have been contracted to deliver the staging to both Anfield and the Etihad stadiums. We will be using two Ifor Williams trailers, loaded with all the equipment needed for the event, at each ground.

"The trailers will parked very close to the grounds, Then at the end of both games, which are being played simultaneously, they will be pulled onto the centre of the pitch of whichever side wins the Barclays Premier League.

"The staging will then be very quickly erected ready for the presentation of the trophy and medals to the players."

He added: "Obviously, as a massive Liverpool fan I hope the presentation will be here at Anfield. It will certainly be an honour if I get to play a small part in the presentation if Liverpool do win the title. I’ve certainly got my fingers crossed.

"Of course Chelsea are still in with a shout too, it’s all to play for. However, I am not involved in the supply of trailers to Stamford Bridge should they win the league."

John took a trailer along to Anfield for a test run and says getting the loaded trailers pitch side poses no problem.

He said: "It’s important we tested the procedures ahead of what could be a massive day. The world will be watching and with 45,000 plus fans in the stadium and millions glued to their TV sets world-wide we have to make sure we get it right.

"That’s why we will be using the best equipment and that’s why it has to be Ifor Williams trailers. They are undoubtedly the best trailers in the UK if not worldwide. Quite simply they are the market leaders and I know I can rely on them.

"It’s quite strange actually as people think trailers, and we sell more than 1,000 Ifor Williams trailers a year, are only used by farmers and builders. But nothing could be further from the truth and we provide trailers to people for all sorts of different uses."

He added: "I’m just delighted to have been asked to help. Obviously, as a Liverpool season ticket holder, I hope the Barclays Premier League trophy will be handed to Stephen Gerrard here at Anfield.

"But should it go to Manchester City we have prepared just as thoroughly and I will still be proud of Barlow Trailers’ involvement, even if I will be here at Anfield."

Andrew Reece-Jones, the Design Engineering Manager at Ifor Williams Trailers, is also a Liverpool fan.

He said: "On a personal level it would be brilliant if Liverpool could clinch the title again after such a long time but we are delighted our trailers are involved in the trophy presentation ceremony whoever wins the Premier League. May the best team win."

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