Liverpool F.C., Anfield Road and The Kop

Sport SpookyAlfred December 9, 2016 0 75
Liverpool F.C. is an English football club, which plays in the Premier League, the top English football league. Liverpool is one of the best known and most successful clubs in the history of English and international football. Few clubs have been able to emulate the successes of Liverpool. The highs and lows go hand in hand with the special attitude of the supporters.


Everything around Liverpool F.C. breathes history. That's not so surprising, when you consider that already in 1892 the club played its first match. That game was played at the position where the club even now finishes at home matches: Anfield Road. Of course, the pitch in the course of the years, refurbished several times, but in doing so it has been history not overlooked; in some subjects you can still sit on the original banks. Speaking of tradition.
The stadium has 45,000 places. This does not seem too much for a club of the caliber of Liverpool, and that is true. Yet virtually every exploited spot in the stands. When you visit a race, you have about half the seating than you would have in a modern stadium. You sit on tiny chairs literally shoulder to shoulder. In so ?? s packed stadium feel the concrete rumble beneath your feet. There are also many voices merged to build a new stadium, and also responds to those voices. There will be a new stadium, which seats must offer more than 60,000 spectators. In connection with the economic uncertainty, it is not yet clear when this stadium is completed.
Although the awareness there is at Anfield is doomed, yet many people find it a shame that Liverpool are going to leave the stadium. Anfield is their monument, a football stronghold which lasted for over 100 years, with over 100 years of joys and sorrows are shared, opponents quivered and unforgettable true story is written. The stadium is like their living room. Years of tradition. There hangs in the tunnel a sign above the heads of the players. The plate shows the logo of the club, and there is in not too friendly styled letters ?? ?? This is Anfield. It is not intended as a warm welcome to the visitors, but more as a warning or threat. Most Liverpool players hit the board as to when entering the tunnel. Psychological warfare is an art.
Anfield Road, like the club, intertwined with the district Anfield. It is a neighborhood where every penny must be reversed, where the lowest social class has to struggle hard to keep their heads above water, where people help each other in difficult times.
Even Liverpool F.C. carries the culture from Anfield. It is the culture of hard work, fighting for what you're worth, raw in husks in white stones. Arrogance and superstar behavior mercilessly pushed into the cup. There, in the design of the stadium also taken into account. There are no dugouts, but the players and staff are just among the public. The only thing that separates the players from the spectators, a low wall and some security personnel. The opponent is in this box ?? ??, which can be quite intimidating. In addition, the seats are not much more comfortable than those in the stadium, and they have no roof over their heads. Raining, then the substitutes and the staff are just wet, just like everyone else.
That mentality is also reflected in the changing rooms; many locker rooms of modest amateur clubs are much more luxurious than that of Liverpool. Everything radiates sobriety: simple wooden seats, a suspended ceiling in off-white, plaster walls in off-white. And, to top it all off festive, a lone hair dryer on the wall, as you are being shown in pools. The training complex where the players all days except on competition days, incidentally, is well equipped.

The Kop

The strongest supporters can be found on The Kop ?? ??, one of the short sides of the stadium. This stand has been built in 1906 and was a gift to the club for the second championship. These supporters, regarded by many as the best, most loyal fans in the world, call themselves Kopites ?? ??. The origin of this name is in the Second Boer War. That war was fought in 1900 in South Africa between Dutch Boers and the British Army. End of September 1900 the British encircle a hill called the Boers Spionkop. The Boers snipers who were holed up at the top, made short work of the British military. Many of the victims came from the area of ​​Liverpool. As a tribute to these soldiers stand was named after the place where they died ?? The Spion Kop ?? or simply ?? ?? The Kop.
Revolution in the stands
The Cup is more than a group of supporters; it carries a culture and has created perhaps the biggest revolution in supporter shelf. Before 1960, football was also in the stands very different now. People stood or sat obediently whatever side by side and did not too crazy. If there score, the fans shouted a few times ?? hooray ?? and cast an individual, if he was really mad, his cap in the air. It was compared to now, a modest affair.
Moreover, in the years ?? 60 change. Several rock bands, the Beatles as a figurehead, from Liverpool to conquer the world with their music. A revolution took shape. Also in the crowd of life ?? Liverpudlians ??: it does not take long to be sung at Anfield Road Beatles hits. Visiting clubs did not know what they did, and were beaten dumb. Also in the national press looked at one weird. The BBC made a nice example documentary, which can be found on Youtube. This introduced the Liverpool supporters, particularly the Cup ?? ?? the joint singing at football matches.
You ?? ll Never Walk Alone
Legendary is also the ?? You ?? ll Never Walk Alone ??, which invariably and is sung at the end of each match loudly. Several clubs have adopted this anthem, but also here the Liverpudlians ?? ?? the first. The song describes exactly the mentality of the club and the supporters: how gloomy it now also looks, stay strong, keep fighting, and know that you can count on your friends: After rain comes sunshine. The spell is also reflected in one of the fences that surround the stadium.
The Kop offers today ?? ?? seating for over 12,000 Kopites ?? ??. That was in the late 60 ?? or otherwise; when usually there were more than 30,000 people. In comparison, it is almost as many as there are now on all four stands. This is an estimate; nothing was counted and many crawled over, through or under fences through to get inside. The check was bad; there were anywhere defects, unguarded cracks and holes in the stadium that you could use to get inside. The fans were so close together that move nearly impossible. If you already succeeded in your move, a toilet visit might cost you half a day, so they took his spot demand. Within no time flowed all the concrete strip between the stands and the field, causing the strip ?? Yellow Mersey ?? was named . It was arranged that someone was sick or fainted in the crowd. The unfortunate was then moved down over the thousands of heads. If the crowd surfing down was finally over, you could again get some breath, but you sat in the smelly Yellow Mersey.

Drama ?? s

With so many people packed together, however good for the community, accidents were inevitable. In 1985 break during the European Cup final at the Heysel stadium riots between Liverpool and Juventus supporters. If the blood of the English cooks, they storm the Italians the box. Everyone leaned on the edge of the box, making the concrete support collapsed and the people fell down. That day were 39 supporters of death. Following this drama were drafted laws in several European countries to ensure the safety of spectators at major events. This was not enough: four years after the Heysel Stadium disaster plays Liverpool in the Hillsborough stadium against Sheffield Wedsnesday. By panic and commotion are at this competition as much as 96 Liverpool supporters crushed to death. This resulted in drastic changes of English stadiums. From this second drama each stadium had only chairs and no pitches more. Furthermore, the barriers were abolished between the stands and the field; in case of panic supporters could now always opvluchten the field. The stadium drama ?? s are a black page in football history, and especially in the history of Liverpool FC Still be established at Anfield flowers at the monument to the victims of the disasters.

Attending match?

It's simply a match of Liverpool F.C. to attend. You have to be fast to be, because the experience of a match at Anfield Road is unforgettable, and the stadium abideth not in use. From the Netherlands football trips are organized. You will have a complete package that allows you to fly back and forth, and in the meantime a race can view. For those who want to stay longer in Liverpool: of course you can book a hotel in the center of the city, but for those with a smaller budget, it is advisable to look for a hostel. Put in any case always inquire about near your overnight accommodation; there are many in Liverpool ?? ?? bad neighborhoods. Near the stadium are cheap hostels, which specifically focus on football supporters from all over Europe, but the neighborhood is very run down and resembles a war zone. So it is only the question of what is wisdom. Tickets for a match can be ordered over the internet. Things like this can do it best through the official site. You can have the tickets delivered to the post office, or at the address of your hotel or hostel.