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Ten years on

The Kop pledge.

Always support the team, no matter how bad they are playing.

If the team is doing badly, cheer even louder as they need your support more.

If a player is struggling, sing his name louder and more often as he needs it.

If the opposition are the better side and perform well, appreciate it and give them the credit they are due.

Today ten years have passed since people stood for the last time on The Kop to watch Liverpool play. A big festival took place before, during and after the game betweeen Liverpool and Norwich City. The Kop was simply magnificent this sunny spring day. 44,339 filled Anfield on the day and there were probably about 16,000 on The Kop itself. The Canaries' boss John Deehan received an unusual request from the Reds before the game. He was asked to let the Reds attack the Kop in the second half. John had no problem with that! The players couldn´t quite match the brilliance of the crowd and Liverpool lost 1-0. The Welshman, Jeremy Goss, scored the only goal and became the last player to score in front of The Kop.

The famous old terrace was a sight to behold. The flags, the banners, the colour and the singing. This was a highly emotional afternoon and there was more than a tear or two in the eyes of some old and young Kopites. The standing Kop was the man of the match! Not for the first time but the last!

The day after a big concert was held on The Kop. Many of Liverpool´s most famous bands performed. At the end of the concert the standing Kop sang "You´ll Never Walk Alone" for the last time. A few days later work started on taking the most famous terrace in the world down. A new stand, which holds 12,390 spectators, was built during the summer of 1994.

The building of The Kop started on the 22nd of June 1901. The most famous 12th man in the world was starting to take shape. The Kop was officially opened at the start of the 1906/07 season. During the summer of 1928 The Kop was rebuilt and a massive roof was put up. It´s estimated that the Kop alone could hold around 28,000 in those days. It´s possible that Anfield could have hosted 70,000 but it never came to that.The record attendance is 61,905. That record was set on the 2nd of February 1952. Liverpool beat Wolves 2-1 that day in the FA Cup 4th round.

In cold, surveyors' terms, it was 100 concrete steps, measuring 394 feet long, 135 feet wide and standing 50 feet in height. But the people made the Kop into what it was world famous for. The sea of people. The red and white scarfs, flags and banners. Not to forget the singing and the humour. During the 80´s the capacity was reduced and at the start of the 90´s it was deceided that the 1993/94 season would be the last one for the standing Kop. All good things must end. But the Kop spirit lives on!

Current assistant boss Phil Thompson recognised that years before he enjoyed the privilege of playing in front of the Kop. Talking on the eve of the standing Kop's last match against Norwich City on this day in 1994, he explained: "When I was 11, my mum got some free tickets for the front row of the Kemlyn Road stand for the Inter Milan game. I'd heard all about the Kop because my mum had brought us all up as good Liverpudlians. My love affair with the Kop probably started that night. I watched the Kop more than I did the actual game! You don't like to say it, but the Kop influenced more referees than I care to remember in penalty decisions.

People say it was Bill Shankly's arrival in the early 60s which set Liverpool on the road to success. It was, but it was the part he played with the Kop which was the key."

Kop Quote: "The only thing I fear is missing an open goal in front of the Kop. I would die if that were to happen. When they start singing 'You'll Never Walk Alone' my eyes start to water. There have been times when I've actually been crying while I've been playing". Kevin Keegan.

Sigfus Guttormsson

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