125 years ago today, Liverpool Football Club was founded in Merseyside, England. Competing in the Premier League, the top tier of English football, The Reds are one of the best supported clubs in Europe have accumulated more top-flight wins and points than any other English team. Liverpool’s most successful decade was the 1980s, when the club, managed by Bob Paisley, and former player Kenny Dalglish, won 6 League titles, 2 FA Cups, four League Cups, 5 Charity Shields, and 2 European Cups. Captained by Steven Gerrard in 2005, Liverpool became European champion for the fifth time, winning the UEFA Champions League Final against Milan in spite of being 3–0 down at half time. (1892)
Liverpool FC have not won the top flight title in 26 years, but their future looks brighter than ever. Under current manager Jürgen Klopp The Reds finished 4th in the Premier League during the 2016-17 season, improving from the previous season by 4 places, and going undefeated against their five highest-ranking rivals. The beautiful main stand at Anfield has been expanded by 9,000 seats, and the company earned a record £301 million in profit last year. Jurgen has brought in a number of critical signings, and with the full backing of owners, the Fenway Sports Group, plans to add more top players before competing in the Champions League next season; the European competition that The Reds have won more than any other English squad. The German manager has beefed up the team’s youth academy so their players-in-training can kick alongside stars like Jordan Henderson, and Philippe Coutinho.
On their 125th anniversary Liverpool fans are more hopeful than ever that Klopp and company can reclaim past glories. Despite the flood of global money that has turned the sport into an Oligarchy, Liverpool have shown that the hard way, can still be the right way. (CC Photo by Ruaraidh Gillies)
MORE Good News from this day in History:
- The poem Casey at the Bat, by Ernest Lawrence Thayer, was first published in the San Francisco Examiner (1888)
- Lou Gehrig and his teammate Tony Lazzeri hit four home runs in one game, and hit for the natural cycle, respectively. These two feats are both less common than a perfect game, which has occurred twenty-one times in one-hundred and twenty years (1932)
- In Gideon v. Wainwright, the United States Supreme Court ruled that all accused persons must be given the right to an attorney (1960)
- Reggae star Bob Marley‘s classic album Exodus was released, which was named “Album of the Century” by Time magazine in 1999 (1977)
- Barack Obama became the first African-American to emerge from a primary season of any major political party capturing the role as presumptive nominee for President of the United States – beating Hillary Clinton for the honor (2008)
- New Hampshire became the sixth U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage (2009)
And, on this day in 1781, Jack Jouett began his successful midnight ride to warn Thomas Jefferson, then the Governor of Virginia, and the state legislature of an impending British cavalry raid intending to capture them. The Virginia patriot rode 40 miles to Charlottesville to warn them, giving Jefferson time to head south with lawmakers who set up the temporary capital of the state in Staunton where they continued the business of the state. Just a few months later the British surrendered to George Washington at Yorktown.
Also, on this day in 1965, NASA astronaut Ed White became the first American to walk in space. During the Gemini 4 mission he opened the hatch and used a hand-held oxygen-jet gun to push himself out of the capsule and propel himself to the end of the 8-meter tether. In this photo by Commander James McDivitt over a cloud-covered Pacific Ocean, the maneuvering gun is visible in White’s right hand. The visor of his helmet is gold-plated to protect him from the unfiltered rays of the sun. (Click to enlarge photo, and watch the astronauts describe the experience in the NASA 50th Anniversary video below.)