Monday, March 25 – 1912
(Before the FA Cup semi-final tie at Anfield between Tottenham Hotspur and Blackburn Rovers).
Although the holding capacity of the Liverpool club’s ground is estimated at 50,000, ‘junius’ states there is one great point in its favour, namely, that everyone who is admitted will be able to witness the game without discomfort.
Spion Kop is an admirable coin of vantage, while the stands are excellently constructed from the spectators’ point of view. In this matter of accommodation it may be interesting to recall some of the occasions when exceptionally big gates have been recorded at Anfield.
The largest assembly that has ever foregathered on the ground was when Newcastle United and Fulham met in the semi-final. Over 42,000 people were present on that occasion, and the receipts amounted to £1,780.
The League matches with Everton have always attracted big gates, 35,000 being about the average attendance when these rivals have met at Anfield. Forty thousand have been present, representing receipts of £1,320, and these figures have not been exceeded in any League tussle.
But the chief point about the enclosure is the excellent manner in which arrangements have been made for sightseers, and the officials of the club proudly boast that every spectator who gains admission will be able to view the play without discomfort.
The prices of admission are as follows: –
One shilling – which is the minimum charge as usual – will admit to Spion Kop, to the front of the Kemlyn-road stand and to the Anfield-road end stand. To the paddock, in front of the new stand, 1s. 6d. is the entrance fee, but all remaining stand accommodation will consist of reserved and numbered seats. On the Kemlyn-road stand the price will be 3s. all along; on the new stand 5s.for the centre, and 2s. 6d. at the ends.
Intending visitors to the match may find the following information useful. Those who arrive at Lime-street Station, or by the Great Western Railway at Birkenhead, will find that special cars will be run direct to the ground from the Landing Stage, and the Old Haymarket at the bottom of St. John’s-lane, this latter being only a minute’s walk from the London and North-Western terminus.
Blackburn visitors, who will chiefly arrive at Exchange Station, will find special cars running along Dale-street, one minute’s walk from the Lancashire and Yorkshire station.
Owing to the coal strike, the usual fare of one penny has been doubled.
Visitors will find that all ordinary cars which pass the ground, or go within easy distance of it, have an announcement to this effect placarded.
(The Athletic News, 25-03-1912)
Anfield, what it would have looked like in 1912.
The Blackburn Rovers players’ preparing for the FA Cup match at Anfield with golf.