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Kopites are supporters of Liverpool Football Club who once stood, and now sit, on the Kop at Anfield stadium. Liverpool Football Club are an English professional football club based in Liverpool, Merseyside, who play in the Premier League; they are historically the most successful club in the history of English football, having won more trophies than any other English club. ... Spion Kop (or Kop for short) is the name for a number of terraces and stands at football stadia; so named due to their steep nature, resembling a hill in Natal, South Africa that was the scene of a battle in the Second Boer War where a majority of the... This article is about the football stadium. ...

Kop is short for Spion Kop, a South African mountain and the scene of a battle in the Second Boer War where a majority of the Liverpool Regiment had died. Killed British soldiers lying in trenches The Battle of Spion Kop (Afrikaans: Slag van Spioenkop) was fought about 38 km (21 miles) west-south-west of Ladysmith on the hilltop of Spioenkop(1) along the Tugela River, Natal in South Africa. ... Combatants Great Britain Boers Commanders Charles Warren Alexander Thorneycroft Louis Botha Strength 11,000 infantry 2,200 cavalry 36 field guns 6,000 men Casualties 383 killed 1,000 wounded 300 captured 58 killed 140 wounded The Battle of Spion Kop (Afrikaans: Slag van Spioenkop) was fought about 38 km... Combatants British Empire Orange Free State South African Republic Commanders Sir Redvers Buller Lord Kitchener Lord Roberts Paul Kruger Louis Botha Koos de la Rey Martinus Steyn Christiaan de Wet Casualties 6,000 - 7,000 (A further ~14,000 from disease) 6,000 - 8,000 (Unknown number from disease) Civilians... The Reforms In 1881, under Childers reforms, the continuation of Cardwells reforms, the army was further overhauled, with the regular, militia and volunteer battalions of the army being brought intor one structure, as well as being given connections with cities and counties. ...

A BBC Panorama television crew filmed at Anfield in 1964 to discuss what makes the average man act in unison with thousands of others.[1] This article is an overview article about the Crown chartered British Broadcasting Corporation formed in 1927. ... Panorama is a long-running current affairs documentary series on BBC television, launched on 11 November 1953 and focusing on investigative journalism. ...

It was said in the 1960s and 70s that the Kop was worth a goal start as they could suck the ball into the net.[2]


  1. ^ John Morgan, The Other Mersey Sound, BBC Panorama, 1964
  2. ^ "Football fans who win when they're singing", The Evening Standard, March 18, 2002. 



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