The kop was the birth place of the well known and awe inspiring anthem 'You'll never walk alone'. Built in 1906 and named the 'spion kop' after a hill in the boer war it could hold upto 24,000. That capacity was cut in 1996, to fall in line with the taylor report following the Hillsborough disaster. It know holds 12,000 fans and has become well known for an atmosphere opposition players will never forget.
You'll never walk alone
There is much speculation of who was the first club to sing YNWA. Celtic have made claims that it was they, not liverpool
, who were the first to belt out this iinspirational song. Some crazy manchester united fan even claims it was a manc who belted out the classic after the munich air disaster. YNWA can be linked to liverpool
from when it was released by 'Gerry and the pacemakers' after it was firstly sung on the musical 'carousel'. The kop used to sing
the latest 'chart toppers' before KO and YNWA stayed at the top for a long. Shankly heard this song, and demanded it was played before every game to act as a motivation. YNWAs most famous momment was at half time in the champions league final 2005, with liverpool
trailing 3-0. It spured the team into an amazing comeback to finally win the game on penalties.
Lets keep it brief.
league titles- 1900-01,1905-06,1921-22,1922-23,1946-47,1963-64,1965-66,1972-73,1975-76,1976-77,1978-79,1979-80,1981-82,
77, 78, 81, 85, 05
On the 15th April 1989, thousands of Liverpool
supporters went to watch their team in a FA Cup semi final against Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough stadium.
96 of them, never came home.
With KO approaching, their was congestion at the turnstyles as fans tried to get in. In all his wisdow, the stadium manager ordered the police to open the gates and in doing so opened up the stadium to every man and his dog, regardless of ticket. The middle pen in leppings lane was becoming dangerously crowded, but fans were not ushered into the side pens that were almost empty. Soon, the crush spilled out onto the pitch were the game was still in full motion. Gasping for air, dying supporters were thrown back into the pen by police officers thinking they were facing a riot. As a consequence of ****e policing, and poor management 96 Liverpool
fans died that day.
Of those who died, 89 were male 7 were female. In respect of age, the majority were under 30 years of age, and more than a third were under 20 years. The youngest to die was a boy of 10 years.
The cause of death was attributed to crush asphyxia. Most deaths occurred in pen 3, the remainder occurring in pen 4. The majority of deaths occurred at the front of the pens. 730 people were injured inside the ground. 36 people sustained injuries outside the ground.
But the hurt did not stop after the disaster. The memories of the 96 loved ones, was run through the mud 4 days later when the S*N printed damning lines on its front page under the headline 'THE TRUTH'. The truth was, that this accusations were lies based on nothing. But the damage was done. Every liverpool
fan in Hillsborough that day was stuck with the label of murderers who rob and piss on the dying and dead.
fan with a sense of decency. Will EVER EVER buy the s*n. Even today, the editor at time Mackenzie refuses to apologies for these lies that still continue to hurt. And still, justice has not been resolved.
Justice for the 96. NEVER BUY THE SUN. THE TRUTH