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Controversial star who never wanted to join Liverpool and was 'bombed out' in disgrace

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Liverpool FC is arguably as famous across the world for the Kop and You’ll Never Walk Alone as it is for the multiple eras of triumph which have established England’s most successful football club.

The move away from standing terraces in the wake of Lord Justice Taylor’s recommendations following the 1989 Hillsborough disaster in which 97 Liverpool supporters were unlawfully killed in Europe’s worst sporting disaster necessitated the construction of an all-seater replacement and, having seen some of English football’s most well-known terraces like Arsenal’s North Bank, Everton’s Gwladys Street and Manchester United’s Stretford End disappear with barely a murmur, Anfield was always going to do its best to make sure their original Kop got the send-off it deserved.

I got to sign for the mighty Liverpool and while I'll always probably be most associated for my time at West Ham, I don't ever regret joining Liverpool.

READ MORE: Jurgen Klopp admits Liverpool transfer plan has changed after Ibrahima Konate injury READ MORE: Martin Tyler apologises for Hillsborough comment and issues statement to explain ‘As rich and mystifying a popular culture as any South Sea Island’, declared the BBC’s John Morgan during the iconic Panorama documentary filmed on front of it during the height of Beatle-mania and Liverpool’s Kop is widely acknowledged as being the pioneer of the more expressive supporter culture we take for granted today but was an eye-opener for many when Britain was still gradually casting off the shackles of World War II and the austerity of the 1950s.

And because the Reds were not able to find the net that day against the Canaries or in the previous home game, it is one of LFC’s great and saddest ironies that, of all the players who could be left with the honour of scoring the final Liverpool goal in front of the standing Kop, it should be one who who is seen as symptomatic of the serious decline the club was descending into at that time.

Although the Liverpool team were not able to play their part on the day and lost abjectly 1-0 to Norwich City, the fans ensured it was an unforgettable occasion, packing the terraces with flags, banners and relentless songs from hours before kick off and quite a while afterwards, with the club also putting on a poignant pre-match ceremony with many key figures from the club’s past appearing on the pitch to mark one of the most significant moments in the club’s then 102-year history.

The current 12,390-capacity Kop Grandstand has of course evolved from the original Spion Kop terrace, which was given its name by ECHO sports editor Ernest Edwards shortly after construction in 1906 because it evoked memories of ‘Spioenkop’ - the notorious hill in South Africa which was the scene of a British massacre during the Boer War six years earlier where 300 soldiers perished, many of whom served in the Lancashire Fusiliers and would have been from Liverpool.
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