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A Brief History of Liverpool FC in 10 Slides

Nigel S. Correspondent IJanuary 16, 2017

A Brief History of Liverpool FC in 10 Slides

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    It’s the middle of the week and as other clubs turn their attentions to Champions League qualifying, Liverpool gets to rest up for its weekend encounter with Swansea City. There is no European football this season as the team rebounds from a rough period.

    Things haven't always been this way of course, from humble beginnings Liverpool became the most successful English club ever, and one of the most successful clubs in the world.  Let’s take a moment then for a brief retrospective of the club’s 120-year history.

1. Liverpool Football Club Is Formed: June 3rd 1892

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    On this historic day Liverpool Football Club and Athletic Grounds Ltd was formally recognized by the British Board of Trade.  Four years earlier Everton FC was formed as one of the foundation clubs of the fledgling Football League, and the club played its games on a stretch of green between Anfield Road and Walton Breck Road. 

    The ground was owned by John Houlding who was a Tory Member of Parliament, and who would become club President, and future Mayor of Liverpool.  A dispute between Houlding and the rest of the Club executives over the rent to be paid resulted in Everton vacating the grounds. 

    Between 1884 and 1889 the rent increased from £100 to £250 per year, yet here was Houlding proposing another rent increase in 1890, plus the bold suggestion that the club should buy Anfield (and an adjacent property from him).  The Board demurred, and the two factions parted ways.

    The reality, however, was that Houlding had made an interest-free loan to Everton FC and saw this opportunity as a great way to be rewarded for his initial risk in the club, as well as for the club to own its own grounds, with room for expansion.

    Whether he was being visionary or a mercenary depends on whether one’s perspective ran Red or Toffee blue, but no matter, Liverpool FC rose from the ashes of the dispute, and the rest as they say, is history. 

2. Reds Crowned Champions for the First Time: 29th April, 1901

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    Back row: Ottey, John Glover, Andy McGuigan, Foster, John “Sailor” Hunter, Thomas John Hunter, Raby Howell. 

    Middle row: Soulsby, Charlie Wilson, Sam Raybould, Tom Robertson, Bill Perkins, William Goldie, Maurice Parry, J. Chapman (Trainer) 

    Front row: John Walker, Richard Morris, Alex Raisbeck, Jack Cox, Billy Dunlop.

     

    First Division

       

    P

    W

    D

    L

    F

    A

    GA

    Pts

    1

    Liverpool

    34

    19

    7

    8

    59

    35

    1.686

    45

    2

    Sunderland

    34

    15

    13

    6

    57

    26

    2.192

    43

    3

    Notts County

    34

    18

    4

    12

    54

    46

    1.174

    40

    4

    Nottingham Forest

    34

    16

    7

    11

    53

    36

    1.472

    39

    5

    Bury

    34

    16

    7

    11

    53

    37

    1.432

    39

    6

    Newcastle United

    34

    14

    10

    10

    42

    37

    1.135

    38

    7

    Everton

    34

    16

    5

    13

    55

    42

    1.310

    37

    8

    The Wednesday

    34

    13

    10

    11

    52

    42

    1.238

    36

    9

    Blackburn Rovers

    34

    12

    9

    13

    39

    47

    0.830

    33

    10

    Bolton Wanderers

    34

    13

    7

    14

    39

    55

    0.709

    33

    11

    Manchester City

    34

    13

    6

    15

    48

    58

    0.828

    32

    12

    Derby County

    34

    12

    7

    15

    55

    42

    1.310

    31

    13

    Wolverhampton Wanderers

    34

    9

    13

    12

    39

    55

    0.709

    31

    14

    Sheffield United

    34

    12

    7

    15

    35

    52

    0.673

    31

    15

    Aston Villa

    34

    10

    10

    14

    45

    51

    0.882

    30

    16

    Stoke

    34

    11

    5

    18

    46

    57

    0.807

    27

    17

    Preston North End

    34

    9

    7

    18

    49

    75

    0.653

    25

    18

    West Bromwich Albion

    34

    7

    8

    19

    35

    62

    0.565

    22

     

    (Table courtesy Wikipedia.org)

3. Bill Shankly Hired as Manager: 1st December, 1959

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    On this day Liverpool Football Club announced that Huddersfield Town boss Bill Shankly was hired to replace Phil Taylor, and a legendary association was born.

    Liverpool had first offered the job to Shankly four years earlier, but he passed on the opportunity since the manager was not given freedom to choose the side at the time.  Nine years later the club would make Shankly the first manager to name his own lineup in hiring him on his own terms.

    “I am very pleased and proud to have been chosen as manager of Liverpool FC, a club of such great potential. This appointment is a challenge to me. It is my opinion that Liverpool have a crowd of followers which rank with the greatest in the game. They deserve success and I hope, in my small way, to be able to do something towards helping them achieve it. When the challenge was made to me I simply could not refuse to accept it.”

    - Bill Shankly, 1959 (courtesy liverpoolfc.tv)

4. Reds Win First FA Cup Title: 1st May, 1965

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    Third time was the charm for Liverpool, who having lost their previous two FA Cup finals in 1914 and 1950, faced a surging Leeds United at Wembley.  Three seasons before Leeds had narrowly avoided relegation from the Second Division, now they competed for best club in the land.

    The scoreless game went into extra time where Liverpool took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Roger Hunt in the 93rd minute, only to see Billy Bremer equalize for Leeds seven minutes later.  The victory was sealed for Liverpool on a diving header by Ian St. John in the 113th minute.

5. First UEFA Cup Title: 23rd May, 1973

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    On this day Liverpool won its first UEFA cup title by defeating Borussia Dortmund 3-2 on aggregate.  Two weeks earlier Liverpool won 3-0 at Anfield, on the strength of a Kevin Keegan brace and a Larry Lloyd 61st minute strike.

    On the return leg the Reds held off a determined Dortmund side, which got a brace of its own from former West German great Jupp Heynckes (one of which was a curling beauty), but Dortmund could not overcome the three-goal deficit to prevent the Reds from winning their first of five UEFA Cups.

6. Kenny Dalglish Arrives at Liverpool: 10th August, 1977

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    As a teenager, Kenny Dalglish was deemed neither good enough for his boyhood team, Glasgow Rangers, nor for Liverpool itself, where he went on trial.  However, by the fall of 1977 he was a bona fide star, and it cost Liverpool a then record £440,000 fee to pry him off Celtic’s payroll.

    Arriving on the heels of the departure of the legendary, Kevin Keegan, Dalglish quickly silenced any doubts in the minds of supporters by scoring early in his debut with the team.  He would go on to set the team single-season scoring mark that year (since topped by Ian Rush), as well as to score the lone goal in the 1978 UEFA Cup Championship (at 4:10 in the video above) against FC Bruges. 

    All told he would suit up for Liverpool for 13 seasons, representing the club 515 times and scoring 172 goals in the process. Voted the greatest Red ever, and one of our finest managers, the King has returned to once more lead the club to the promise land.

7. The 1983-1984 Treble Season

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    Liverpool Football Club enjoyed arguably its greatest period ever during the mid-1980s, culminating with a unique treble of winning the League, League Cup and European Cup titles in the same season.

    For many fans this was the last of the golden years, as tragedy soon followed on the heels of spectacular success, and it would be 20 years before Liverpool would again be crowned Champions of Europe.

8. Heysel and Hillsborough: 1985-1989

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    This period is without doubt for many supporters, the least favorite aspect of our history, but it represents an indelible part of the unique history of LFC, and a testament to the club and to its supporters.

    We salute the 39 fans who lost their lives on that May day in 1985 in Heysel, and the 96 who perished at Hillsborough in 1989.  Enough has been written of the tragedies of late, but we can never forget those who lost their lives both in Heysel and at Hillsborough. 

    We keep their memories alive so that they may never be forgotten, but also so that history would not be repeated in future.  To this day the clarion call for justice continues, and our voices will be heard until there is justice for those who died.

9. Fifth UEFA Champions League Title vs. AC Milan: 25th May, 2005

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    Liverpool met AC Milan in the UEFA Champions League Final of 2005, played in Istanbul Turkey.  In what is beyond doubt the greatest game in club history, Liverpool overcame a 3-0 halftime deficit to tie the game and take it into extra time and then penalty kicks where the club prevailed.  Read more...

10. Kenny Dalglish Returns to Liverpool: 8th January, 2010

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    Kenny Dalglish was named caretaker manager on this day, after Roy Hodgson was relieved of his duties and thanked for his service.  Dalglish had been advising at the club’s Academy, specifically, assisting with the development of the young talent before being named manager.

    Liverpool's new owners have handed Dalglish the job permanently, and have spent over £100 million on new players so as to provide him the necessary talent to secure the club's return to its winning ways.  The Anfield renaissance remains very much a work in progress, but spirits are buoyed both in the stands and on the pitch.

    With faith and confidence restored, the club hopes to continue to build on the rich foundation established by men such as John Houlding, Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan, Rafa Benitez and the greatest Red ever, Kenny Dalglish.  

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