Official capacity: 54,074
Estimated numbers (a couple of hundred missing in the detailed capacity for each stand)
Main stand = Capacity 20,500
Bottom tier: 9,300 – Middle tier: 3,100 – Top tier: 7,900
Directors Box and Press Box: 95 (estimated)
Disabled Positions 105
Anfield Road = 9,074
Upper Tier 2,654
Lower Tier 6,391
Disabled Positions 29
The Kenny Dalglish stand = 11,762
Upper Tier 4,600
Lower Tier 6,814
Executive Boxes 348
Kop = 12,409
Disabled Positions 52
Anfield on the official Liverpool FC site
Anfield was Everton’s home ground from 1884-1892, but disagreement with landlord John Houlding on the cost of rent, resulted in them moving out. The capacity was 20,000, but only 100 attended the first game of Houlding’s new club, Liverpool.
Architect Archibald Leitch was hired to design the new Anfield in 1906. Its pride was the largest terrace in England built by Walton Breck Road, "Oakfield Road Embankment” or “Walton Breck Bank” among the names suggested. Ernest Edwards, the Sports editor of the Liverpool Post & Echo, later named it “Spion Kop” as a tribute to the many local men who died in a battle in the Boer war in South Africa on the 24th of January 1900 to take a hill called “Spioenkop” that literally means “Spy hill.” The Spion Kop had 100 concrete steps measuring 394 feet long, was 135 feet wide and standing 50 feet in height. It was effectively a huge cinder bank with a six feet wall at the back of it with six double gates to get in. Behind the terrace was a steep grass mound with 12 feet wide stairs leading to the road level.
A new grandstand was erected by Lake Street, completed in the 1907-1908 season. The old one was re-erected at Kemlyn Road on the opposite side where it remained until its demolition in 1963. The terracing now joined the Anfield Road stand and the corners were rounded so any wasted space was used fully. The pitch was raised 5ft with a paddock all round.
A week before the start of the 1906-1907 season, the Liverpool Echo said about the changed Anfield. “The ground has now been completely walled in with
You could see all over Liverpool from the top of the Kop but on the
When Shankly took over in 1959, 29,000 spectators attended Anfield on average in the 2nd division. Shankly was a breath of fresh air and the crowds flocked to watch his team.
The 1963 version of the Kemlyn Road stand was demolished to develop the Centenary stand with executive boxes,
Record attendance: 61,905. 02.02.1952. Liverpool - Wolves 2:1 FA Cup 4th round
First game at Anfield: 01.09.1892. Liverpool - Rotherham Town 7:1 Friendly. Attendance: 100.
Liverpool did not lose a league match at Anfield seasons 1893/94, 1970/71, 1976/77, 1978/79, 1979/80, 1987/88 and 2008/09. Liverpool won all their home games in 1893/94.
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