On 29 April 1901, Liverpool won their first title. At the end of the 1989-1990 season, the Reds had won 17th titles. But arguably their greatest nights were those that saw them win the Euopean Cup in 1976–77, 1977–78, 1980–81 and 1983–84.
Liverpool’s glorious history is darkened by two horrors: the 1985 Heysel Stadium disaster, in which 39 Juventus supporters were killed at the Euopean Cup Final; and the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield, on 15 April 1989. That terrible day 96 Liverpool fans died.
But it’s not all about the glory or the horror. It’s about the sounds, the people, the city, the unity, the greatest game and the hope:
A group of Liverpool supporters on their way to Crystal Palace in the back of a horse-drawn bus for the FA Cup Final against Burnley. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
Liverpool fans at Euston Station, London, 1st May 1965. They are on their way to see their team play Leeds United in the FA Cup final at Wembley. A woman (centre) is holding a copy of the Evening Standard newspaper with the headline ‘Liverpool trying for cup double’. Liverpool later won the final 2-1. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Liverpool centre-forward Ian St John is cheered by fans as he leaves the field after his team beat Chelsea 2-0 in the F.A. Cup semi-final at Villa Park, Birmingham, 28th March 1965. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Liverpool fans at Westminster, London, 1st May 1965. They are on their way to see their team play Leeds United in the FA Cup final at Wembley. Liverpool later won the final 2-1. (Photo by Reg Speller/Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Liverpool fc homecoming 1965 Via Joe Neary’s Flickr
1971: Supporters of Liverpool FC on the terraces during a semi-final match against Everton in the FA cup. (Photo by Aubrey Hart/Express/Getty Images)
Liverpool fans in Trafalgar Square prior to the FA Cup Final between Liverpool and Arsenal held on May 8, 1971 at Wembley Stadium in London. Arsenal won the match 2-1 to complete the domestic double of the League championship and FA Cup winners.
A young Liverpool fan cries during the European Cup 2nd Round 1st Leg Match between Liverpool and Red Star Belgrade at Anfield on October 24, 1973 in Liverpool,England.
Liverpool fans at Wembley Stadium, London, for the F.A Cup final against Newcastle United, 4th May 1974. Liverpool won 3-0. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
1974: Liverpool Football Club manager Bill Shankly (1913 -1981) receives the praise of jubilant fans after FA Cup winning, Liverpool’s 6-5 defeat (after penalties) of League champions and bitter rivals, Leeds United, in the Charity Shield at Wembley. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Liverpool fans weep as manager Bill Shankly leaves, 26 August 1974.
22nd May 1977: Supporters of liverpool FC in the streets of Rome during the final of the European Cup of Champions in which Livepool beat Borussa 3 – 1. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM – APRIL 01: Liverpool player Alan Hansen celebrates with some young fans after scoring the winning goal in the 1981 League Cup Final replay against West Ham United at Villa Park on Aapril 1, 1981 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Allsport/Getty Images)
1989: A young unhappy Liverpool supporter carries some flowers in his team’s colours to lay in tribute after the Hillsborough disaster at Anfield in Liverpool, England. Mandatory Credit: Pascal Rondeau/Allsport