Since the Clubs establishment in 1892, Liverpool’s supporters have always made themselves heard. Their reputation extends from the walls of Anfeild, and into football grounds all over Europe. Even today, the sound of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” emerging from is one of the most emblematic supporters related images.
Anfield’s oldest stand, the Kop, dates back to 1905-1906. Following their second league championship winning season, the club directors decided to reward the fans by building a banking on the Walton Brech road end of the Ground.
It was given the name Sion Kop by Ernest Jones in memory of the many ‘reds’ fans who died in the battle of a hill in South Africa with the same name during the Boer war. In 1928 a massive roof and terracing was added to The Kop, creating the first signs of the reverberation and echo that can still be heard at the famed grounds today.
The Kop became infamous amongst supporters around the world in the 70’s and 80’s as during the Golden Era of Liverpool FC. Between 1972 and 1984 they won 4 European Cups and 2 Uefa cups, while their supporters traveled with the club. In 1889 the Kop became a shrine to the 96 fans who were killed at Hillsborough. After the disaster new guidelines were issued about terracing at football games in the UK which braught an end to standing in top flight grounds. The Kop’s Last Stand came against Norwich City in May 1994 where Jeremy Goss went down in history as the last player to score in front of the famous terrace.
After the Taylor Report was released in 1994, the stand became all seated and single tier, reducing capacity to 12,390. Despite this reduction in size, Anfield remains one of Europe’s great grounds. When Thieri Henry visited in 2013, he stated, “”the Kop is unrivalled”, adding “it would be hard to replicate that feeling anywhere else”. With plans to increase the stadiums capacity from 45,500 to 59,000 by the 2016-2017 season, the match day environment should only become more impressive.