Liverpool Football Club can lay claim not only to being one of the best supported in the UK, but also across the world. Dedicated fans such as Gavin Manerowski enjoy the fantastic atmosphere that can be experienced at home matches, when the stands of Anfield, the clubs life-long home, are packed with supporters. The traditional Liverpool song – ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ is a Premiership standard, especially this year as Liverpool is locked into a desperate fight for the league title with North West rivals Manchester City. With a rich history that includes the status of most successful UK team in European cups, Liverpool is a team that has a fan base second to none.
The Early Years
Founded in 1892, Liverpool joined the fledgling Football League the next year and has remained a fixture in the league up until the present day. Success across the years has led to an amazing 18 league titles, seven FA Cup victories and no fewer than 11 European cup successes, making this one of the most successful clubs in the history of the sport. Legendary players and managers – perhaps the most famous being Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley, who led the team during the great years of the 70’s and 80’s – have come and gone, yet the team continues to go from strength to strength.
Tragedy for Liverpool
Dedicated fans such as Gavin Manerowski will be only too familiar with the two major tragedies that Liverpool F.C. has been involved in; the 1985 Heysel Stadium Disaster led to the deaths of many people during a chaotic European fixture, while the Hillsborough Disaster, in 1989, is firmly etched in the minds of football fans across the world, thanks to the terrible deaths of 96 Liverpool supporters and the controversy surrounding the event. These days the mood is lighter at Anfield, but those fans will never be forgotten.
The Current Campaign
The current season has been a largely successful one for Liverpool in terms of the league campaign, and Gavin Manerowski and his fellow fans will be watching avidly to see if Liverpool can snatch the title from under the noses of Manchester City at the last moment. It will be a tall order, but it is by no means impossible, and at the time of writing the team is second in the table with two games remaining. For all Liverpool fans that are waiting for those two games to unfold, the tension could not be greater!