The Kop

The Kop : Liverpool's Twelfth Man

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When The Kop is roaring it really is like having a twelfth man out there on the pitch. They're the best fans in the country - by miles.' - Jamie Carragher. Teh Spion Kop is one of the most famous, emotive and atmospheric vantage points in all of sport. The one-time terracing that could 'suck the ball into the net' - in Bill Shankly's immortal phrase - still inspires and intimidates today. Once the home of more tht 25,000 swaying, singing, standing Kopites, it's now seated and can hold merely half of that number, but as the European triumph of the 2004-5 season proved, it's magic still remains. In the fully revised and updated edition, Stephen F Kelly uses eyewitness testimonies from Kopites, policemen, cleaners and referees as well as newspaper reports and the recollections of players and managers to trace the history of this amazing and fascinating stand - each anecdote wonderfully evoking the spirit of the changing times the Kop has experienced. Stirring, emotional and marvellously readable, The Kop is a must for any Liverpool fan and anyone interested in what it means to be a supporter of any football club.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 108 x 177 x 21mm | 189g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0753510197
  • 9780753510193
  • 2,120,527

About Stephen Kelly

A Liverpool fan himself, Stephen F Kelly is the author of Bill Shankly: It's Much More Important Than That - The Biography and Gerard Houllier: The Biography (both published by Virgin), as well as biographies of Kenny Dalglish and Graeme Souness. A former political journalist and TV producer, Kelly is also a Fellow in Media at the University of Huddersfield.show more

Review quote

"'PLAYING IN FRONT OF THE KOP IS EVERY LIVERPOOL FAN'S DREAM... THERE'S NOTHING LIKE IT.' STEVEN GERRARD 'When the Kop is roaring it really is like having a twelfth man out there on the pitch. They're the best fans in the country - by miles.' Jamie Carragher"show more

Review Text

"Like many non-Liverpudlians I was always slightly sceptical about the kop. Was it really such a unique terrace? Stephen F Kelly's The Kop has persuaded me it was."show more

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'When The Kop is roaring it really is like having a twelfth man out there on the pitch. They're the best fans in the country - by miles.' - Jamie Carragher. Teh Spion Kop is one of the most famous, emotive and atmospheric vantage points in all of sport. The one-time terracing that could 'suck the ball into the net' - in Bill Shankly's immortal phrase - still inspires and intimidates today. Once the home of more tht 25,000 swaying, singing, standing Kopites, it's now seated and can hold merely half of that number, but as the European triumph of the 2004-5 season proved, it's magic still remains In the fully revised and updated edition, Stephen F Kelly uses eyewitness testimonies from Kopites, policemen, cleaners and referees as well as newspaper reports and the recollections of players and managers to trace the history of this amazing and fascinating stand - each anecdote wonderfully evoking the spirit of the changing times the Kop has experienced. Stirring, emotional and marvellously readable, The Kop is a must for any Liverpool fan and anyone interested in what it means to be a supporter of any football club.show more

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