According to Simon Inglis, author of Football Grounds of Britain, it was Arsenal who first used the name “Spion Kop” for a sloped terrace (after the 1900 Boer War battle fought on a hill), but “Anfield’s Kop inspired all later imitations… In its heyday, the Kop held 30,000 fans—although not always comfortably.
It was demolished in 1994 with the coming of all-seated stadiums, but nearly 20 years later the new stand has yet to be accepted by all Liverpool fans—and that’s an understatement.
Throughout that time, the club captain was Billy Bremner, the growly, diminutive Scot who rarely went out of his way to avoid a scrap.
There are now statues of both men outside the ground.
However, no games were played between 19, because of German bomb damage—and when league football began again after the war, United were forced to play their home fixtures at Maine Road, the former home of Manchester City.