Announced at short notice, adding to the fervour and frenzy, it was one of those rare occasions when a stadium does not need a football for it to bounce.
Gerrard kept his composure. We noted at the time, ‘He was softly–spoken yet loud and clear’.
That was until he emerged from the tunnel and found his hands sucked from their pockets by the collective gasp of 7,000 supporters who had ditched work, wives and worries to get there.
Gerrard responded by gritting his teeth and fisting the air. You know the look, the one that betrays his cool exterior and reveals the passion that burns inside.
It was, as the locals told us on the day, the most hysterical unveiling since Paul Gascoigne 23 years earlier.
Despite Robby McCrorie having had a superb loan spell at Livingston, manager Steven Gerrard is said to be still looking for an experienced understudy for Allan McGregor.
Hladky has been identified as he is available on a free transfer, and at 29 years of age, he can come in and do a job if McGregor were to be sidelined with injury.
With both Wes Foderingham and Ben Alnwick leaving at the end of their contracts next month, reinforcing their options between the posts was an expected move from the Light Blues.
Hladky has been linked with Celtic and Sunderland, as well as a move to MLS, but it appears the Gers are very much in the driving seat to secure the Czech shot-stopper’s signature before the end of the month.
Stu, Nicola, Chris and Rachael were the four Tipping Point players hoping to take some money out of the ITV quiz show’s famous machine in Friday’s classic episode.
As always, GMB star Ben Shephard was on hand to provide the questions as each player’s right answer would result in a counter to plunge into the sliding structure.
However, when most of the players decided to opt against playing in the very first round, forcing a fellow contestant to take on the machine, Ben couldn’t mask his frustration.
In the first round on Tipping Point, players are given the chance to put one of their three counters into the machine if they answer one of Ben’s questions correctly.
If they don’t feel the machine is primed for counters to falls off the edge and return some funds, however, they can force an opposing player to launch a counter in instead.
And the likes of Stu, Rachael, Nicola and Chris all seemed against the idea of sacrificing their own counters in the first round of Friday’s episode.