The You’ll Never Walk Alone is the anthem for both Special Ones Football Clubs Liverpool FC and Celtic FC, but today it’s time to look out for the reasons why Liverpool FC’s most special song became the anthem of the recent UEFA Champions League winner.
The song was premiered in 1945 on Broadway as part of Rodgers and Hammerstein show, Carousel. It was a speedy hit in difficult times because of the last episods of World War Two. The song’s positive message led it to popularity and it would not stop the next decade, when major artists such as Frank Sinatra or Elvis Presley released covers.
It was in 1963 when the recording by Merseybeat band Gerry And The Pacemakers brought the song to the LFC family ending up as a symbol for the Reds.
The Public Adress system at Anfield allow Liverpool FC supporters at that time to enjoy much the pre-match entertainment and bands like The Beatles or Gerry And The Pacemakers were being heard by the fans, and eventually the ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ became Special One Football Club’s anthem.
The spirit of the song and its poignant lyrics have been accompanying the Reds since then and the message of hope has given fans and player the stength to never give up, just as in the finals of the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final in Istanbul, when Liverpool FC were losing 3-0 to AC Milan and they managed to take the match to the penalties and make one of football’s ever greatest comebacks.
But the You’ll Never Walk Alone has had also its importance off the pitch. Actual Liverpool’s anthem took much deeper when the tragic Hillsborough disaster ocurred in 1989 in Sheffield and 96 fans lost their lives.
Indeed, the day after the misfortune situation at Hillsborough, 13,000 people gathered at Liverpool’s Roman Catholic Cathedral and a lone choir boy sang the ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ in a way to comfort and give hope to the city of Liverpool in truly difficult times.
Therefore, there is no doubt about the permanent bound between Liverpool, Anfield and the You’ll Never Walk Alone song. Even its letters are fixed in wrought iron above the gates of the stadium as a permanent reminder to fans. That’s why This -Liverpool FC- Means More.
— Luis Fridman (@hombredelfrid) June 1, 2019