No. 57 – The 1965 Homecoming
In 1965, over 250,000 people travelled to Lime Street and the Town Hall, a sea of red and white engulfed the city as Liverpool supporters welcomed back their heroes following their FA Cup heroics against Leeds United at Wembley. Liverpool had won the FA Cup for their first time in their long 73 year history.
Arriving at the Town Hall after the open bus tour, from the Town Hall balcony, Bill Shankly addressed the fans…. “There has never been a reception like this in the whole history of the game, This has been fantastic, there is no other word for it.”
It was one of the first major homecomings for Liverpool football club and nobody expected so many supporters to line the streets welcoming the team back to Merseyside, reports suggesting over a quarter of a million people had poured onto the streets to celebrate their teams achievement.
Over the following years, the Liverpool streets would again be a sea of Red and White, most notably in 1971, 1974, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1984, 1986, 1989, 2001 and finally the biggest homecoming in 2005 with new cups and new heroes never to be forgotten…..