The Kop's last stand

28 May to 19 September 2004

This exhibition has now closed

The Kop packed full of supportersFans in the Kop create a mosaic of the figure '96' between 2 flames in white against a red background

Images copyright of Liverpool Daily Post and Echo

Liverpool football club's legendary Kop was remembered ten years after its 'last stand' in this exhibition at the former Museum of Liverpool Life.

The original all-standing Kop, which stood from 1906 to 1994, played a key part in the history of the soccer team during its glory years when players captured top trophies. 'The Kop's last stand'  told the fascinating story of the stand where thousands of fans jostled and swayed as they sang, chanted, cheered and jeered. It focused on the highs and lows experienced on its hallowed terraces.

The earliest of the 50 images on display dated from about 1906 while another showed the Kop before its roof was built in 1928. The championship years from 1960 looked at the role of supporters and their relationship with the Kop. Well-known characters such as top-hatted Dr Fun and John Garner were featured.

John scored the last 'goal' before the original Kop was pulled down in 1994. He ran onto the pitch after the final whistle and kicked the ball into the net. The boot he was wearing was on display at the exhibition.

Photos included pictures of fencing being put up in 1977 - it remained until the Hillsborough tragedy in 1989. The Kop was demolished five years later to be replaced by an all-seater stand.

Liverpool greats in the photographs included early stars Don Mackinlay and Harry Chambers, later heroes Kevin Keegan and Steve Heighway along with legendary managers Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley.

The Kop's Last Stand was based on the book ' I am a Liverpudlian and I come from the Spion Kop' by Chris McLoughlin (Trinity Mirror Sport Media, price £20). The exhibition featured Liverpool Daily Post and Echo archive photos and exhibits loaned by Liverpool FC Museum including programmes, banners and fan memorabilia.

A complementary exhibition Everton's 80s heroes was held at the Conservation Centre, 28 May to 19 September 2004.


Gordon Banks and Bill Shankly

Two men in suits waving to crowds in football stadium

Image copyright of Liverpool Daily Post and Echo

When goalkeeper Gordon Banks helped England win the World Cup he became a national hero. Liverpool fans had always welcomed him, even when his brilliance kept their heroes at bay.

When Banks retired in 1973 Bill Shankly shocked him on his next visit to Anfield by leading him towards the Kop who raised the roof with an emotional final salute. Here Banks and Shanks share the Kop's adulation.