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History Of Anfield Stadium

Updated on August 2, 2014

History Of Anfield Stadium

Welcome to the History Of Anfield Stadium. There is a huge wealth of knowledge scattered all over the place on the history of Anfield. I love reading books and old newspaper clippings on the history of the stadium. I thought it would be nice to have one place were myself and hopefully other people can enjoy and share our great history. I still have plenty to add so really its an ongoing project. If you would like to me to add something i have missed then please comment and ill add it here. This is a page for all Liverpool fans so i hope to hear from you. Dont forget to vote in our poll at the end of reading this, vote your favourite stand and comment why you like sitting here.

Full Name: Anfield Stadium

Year Ground Opened: 1884

Capacity: 45,362

Home of: Liverpool Football Club

Pitch Size: 110 x 75 yards

Address:

Anfield Stadium

Anfield Road

Liverpool

L4 0TH

Anfield is home to one of the greatest clubs in Europe, Liverpool Football Club, the current capacity is 45,276

The greenfield site now known as Anfield was owned by John Houlding. Houlding was a local brewer and local council member, who let Everton FC to rent the land to play their football matches in 1884. This was Evertons second move to a new home with the first being on Priory Road, north of Stanley Park. The first game played on the ground was between Everton and Earlstown on the 28th September with the blues winning 5-0. Everton were to stay here until 1892 when the Everton Board disputed with John Houlding over the amount of rent they should be paying. Everton then moved across Stanley Park and the rest is history.

Houlding was left with an empty ground, he finally decided that the name of the city would be ideal and LFC was born. To be exact, May 1892 Liverpool Association Football Club was formed. Liverpool's first game at Anfield was a friendly game played on 1st September 1892 against Rotherham which Liverpool won 7-1. They played their first competitive game on the 23rd September 1892. They faced that day a local team Higher Walton and won the match 8-0.

A history of Anfield by dates

1904 - A main stand was built which also housed dressing rooms, before dressing rooms were built the players met up and prepared for the match at the Sandon pub. The pub is just a short walk away from Anfield. While work began on the new stand work also began on extending the Walton Breck Road end of the ground. This was then further extended two years later.

1906 - The Kop was born. It was built on a massive bank of ash and rubble and crush barriers were built on to the steps of the large embankment. It was only named the Kop later on when a local sports writer Ernest Edwards named it the Spion Kop which was a hill near Ladysmith, South Africa, the scene of the Battle of Spion Kop in 1900 during the Second Boer War.

1928 - The Kop was to have a roof fitted. It was a huge building job and was officially opened by John McKenna on the 25th August 1928.

1928 - Flag Pole Corner

To this day a flag pole stands proud and high. It stands between the corner of the Kop and the Centenary Stand. The pole is the top mast from one of the first ever iron ships, the SS Great Eastern. This ship first set sail in 1860 but 20 years later had been abandoned on the river Mersey to rot away. The mast which had survived was bought by the club and was taken across the Mersey to Liverpool before being hauled up Everton Valley by horses.It is still standing today. And is a popular meeting place for many Reds before the game.

1957 - Flood lights are fitted

It cost the club £12,000 to have flood light fitted at Anfield stadium.

1961-62 - The Kemlyn Road stand was torn down. A certain Mr Shankly wanted a better stadium for the fans so the club built a new cantilever stand .

1964-65 - The Anfield Road end was removed and replaced with a brick terrace.

1970s - The Main Stand was extended to allow for better equipped TV crews and also better facilities for players.

1982 - The Shankly gates were unveiled. Bill Shankly's wife Nessie unlocked the gates for the first time on 26th August 1982.

1985 - The Kemlyn Road stand had a police room added to it

1989 - Anfield became an all seater stadium as did all grounds in England after the publishing of the Taylor Report.

1992 - The Centenary stand was built, replacing the old Kemlyn Road Stand.

1994 - The Kop was demolished. And replaced with an all seater stand.

1998 - A new two-tier Anfield Road end was opened.Plans were drawn for a bigger stand but in the end they resized.

2014 - Plans are finally in place to make Anfield even bigger. More info will be published when ready.

Recent News

So after many many years, we are now going to see Anfield redeveloped. The "Proposed Anfield Stadium Expansion" looks amazing and if we can fill the ground when its built Anfield will see the Anfield Road End rebuilt and made bigger. Would love to hear your thoughts on this?

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Anfield Begins New Life

So it has finally started. Exciting times to be a red. Champions League football is back, The surrounding houses are finally being torn down. Looking good the future.

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      stephenfleetwood 3 years ago

      @Lynn Klobuchar: Thank you

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      Lynn Klobuchar 3 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

      It is always a little give and take isn't it when they undertake the renovation of an icon? Love the old photos. Nice work on this lens. And welcome to Squiddo.