Liverpool Football Club was formed on the 15th March 1892 by publican and Mayor Sir John Houlding. However, their origins can be traced to a split between neighbouring Everton FC and Houlding. Everton were the original tenants of the Anfield Road ground and owed much of their existence and financial stability to the efforts of Houlding.
When Houlding tried to change the terms of the tenure of the ground, Everton decided to leave and bought some land on the North side of Stanley Park. So Houlding, with the help an old Everton friend, formed the new club Liverpool.
Following a recruitment drive in Scotland by manager John McKenna, Liverpool played their first competitive match on 1st September 1892.They gained admittance to the Football League the following season.
Cups and League Titles
In their first season Liverpool gained promotion to the First Division, winning the title by eight points. In 1901 the club became champions for the first time and thereafter three more league titles came to Anfield up to World War 2.
They regained the title in 1947, but the following few years were notable for the demise in their fortunes culminating in relegation in 1954.
When Billy Shankley was appointed manager in 1959, Liverpool’s revival began. Promotion back to the First Division was achieved in 1962 and they have remained there ever since. Victory over Leeds United in 1965 was their first ever FA Cup final victory and since then the honours have continued to arrive at Anfield.
- League Titles (18)
1901, 1906, 1922, 1923, 1947, 1964, 1966, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990
- FA Cup Wins (7)
1965, 1974, 1986, 1989, 1992, 2001, 2006
- League Cup Wins (7)
1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1995, 2001, 2003
- European Cup Wins (5)
1977, 1978, 1981, 1984, 2005
- UEFA (Europa) Cup Wins (3)
1973, 1976, 2001
Liverpool began life at Anfield and have been there ever since. At various stages, parts of the ground have been modernised, and perhaps the most significant came in 1928 when the first roof was installed on the Spion Kop.
In recent years there have been attempts to move to a larger stadium in the adjacent Stanley Park, but financial restrictions have delayed this venture. Anfield currently has a capacity of approximately 45,000 and the club are hoping to build a 60,000 seated stadium.
- Kevin Keegan
Signed from Scunthorpe in 1973, he became a firm favourite with the Kop, scoring twice in the 3-0 1974 Cup Final win. He later left to join Bayern Munich in 1977.
- Kenny Dalglish
Replaced Keegan in 1977, and went onto become a Liverpool goal scoring legend, helping to win many trophies. He became manager in 1985 winning the league and cup double in his first season.
- Billy Liddell
A two footed winger who made 534 appearances scoring 228 goals during a career spanning over 20 years. He was never booked.
- Ian Rush
Scored 346 goals in 660 appearances was one the finest goal scorers of his generation.
- Emlyn Hughes
He was known as ‘Crazy Horse’ by the supporters for his enthusiastic playing style. He was the first captain to lift the European Cup.
- Phil Thompson
He was born in Liverpool and made 477 appearances for the club, lifting the European Cup in 1981.
Other Interesting Facts
- Goalkeeper Pepe Reina earned his salary as a goalkeeper between October and December 2005. He kept a clean sheet in 11 successive first team matches.
- It was not until 1964 that they started wearing an all red kit.
- Robbie Fowler scored a hat-trick in 4mins 33 against Arsenal in 1994
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