Easter weekend sparks record crowds in UK

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The recent Easter weekend saw record crowds set in football and rugby matches in the United Kingdom.

Premier League football club Liverpool broke its attendance record at Anfield for a league match, as 60,061 people were present for Sunday’s 2-1 win against Brighton and Hove Albion.

It beat the previous best of 59,947 at the home match versus Manchester City earlier in the month.

Before that, the highest number had stood since 1949 when Liverpool hosted Chelsea in front of 58,757 supporters.

The all-time Anfield record attendance is 61,905 for a 1952 FA Cup tie against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The day before Liverpool’s record, England beat Wales 46-10 in front of a 19,705-strong crowd in the Women’s Six Nations.

The Red Roses’ triumph at Ashton Gate in Bristol drew a record crowd for a home England women’s game outside of Twickenham Stadium. The previous record attendance away from the home ground was 15,836 at Welford Road, home of Leicester Tigers, where England defeated Ireland 69-0 in 2022.

The decision to play the recent match in Bristol was made to ensure that both sets of supporters on either side of the border would be able to easily reach the stadium.

Victory meant that England returned to the top of the table and is on track to secure a third successive Grand Slam and a sixth straight Six Nations title.

The Red Roses play Scotland next on April 13, while Wales travel to Ireland in search of a first win in this year’s tournament.