The Liverpool Football Club has a long history that goes back to 1892. Let’s go back in time and see just how the football club began.
The English football league was initially formed in 1888. In September of that year, Anfield had its first football game in its history. The home team was not in their red uniforms that you see today. A blue and white striped uniform was worn.
This was the beginning of a new name in the football world – Anfield.
The man who owned the Anfield ground was John Houlding. He was a local pub owner who served on the council, and later he became the Mayor of Liverpool.
The football club had good and bad times. They continued to use Anfield for their games, and they had grown to develop a fan base all over the world. They have fans all the way from England to Scandinavia and Asia.
Fans all over the world were heard chanting “YNWA.” This was due to a phrase that motivated them during the football years. It meant “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”
The song was played at all the games and when it finally stopped, the fans kept the tradition by singing it themselves.
Liverpool has been one of the top teams throughout their history, and they held the most Titles in the English game with 18. In the past few years, this team has fought hard maintain those titles and earn a few more. They face some tough competition with Manchester United.
Although Liverpool still maintains the most titles, it is a tough battle year after year with Manchester United. Because of their history, they have always been known to be a part of the “Big Four,” but the last few seasons have not been so good in holding them to that name.
At the end of the 2009-2010 season, they were way outside the qualifying spots for the Champions League.
In July of 2010, a new manager was appointed to the Liverpool team. Roy Hodgson signed a three year contract. He was honored to take the job as manager of the team. The 2010-2011 season got off to a tough start for the team. Injuries were many on the team, the team had to learn the new coach, and there was a big feeling of dissent inside the locker room. The team was embarrassed when they lost to Blackpool. This was a huge disappointment to the team and the fans.
The fans began to turn on Hodgson. Later, the Liverpool fans came back around. None of the past mattered at all to the ever loyal Liverpool fans. The fans follow this team. The fans have all the faith in the world that Liverpool will continue to get better and work hard throughout the season. They feel another European Cup will be one to call their own again.
When the season ended in poor form and Liverpool ended up taking 12th place for the Premier League, Roy Hodgson packed it up and left Liverpool. It was a mutual agreement that allowed Kenny Dalglish to come back and step in as acting manager until the season was over.
The Liverpool team is dedicated to working hard, and the Liverpool fans will always be committed to their team as they strive to battle to be the best! If you haven’t made it to a game yet, even if it is across the pond, trust me - it’s totally worth the airfare, travel insurance & high exchange rate to see one (or a few, if you can afford it).
I save up enough to catch a match about every two years, and because of that, I really can’t afford to go much place else.
But still, with the people, the accents, the scenery, the history & the architecture, I could spend a decade in England, rather than the 10 days I usually manage. So anyway, if you haven’t made it there yet, go for it now!!
Author Jason Harter is a sports manager for several small football, or soccer teams, and obtained his online masters in sports management.
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