The Kop’s rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” is one of the standout attractions about Anfield, so much so that it has been used by Pink Floyd in their song Fearless. And Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway has revealed that the song made him cry the last time he visited Anfield with Blackpool in 2010 as the song reminds him of his late father.
Holloway lead Blackpool to a shock win over Liverpool in 2010 but was teary eyed on hearing the fans sing the club’s anthem. He later conveyed his admiration for the famous Kop on the whiteboard in the visitor’s dressing room.
He’d written, “The fans were singing You’ll Never Walk Alone, my dad’s favourite song. He is no longer with us. I was very emotional and singing along with them. To then be applauded off the pitch… in what is almost the home of football… made the day so special. In my era there was no better football club in the world. These supporters have seen some of the best football ever.”
And now as Holloway prepares to take Palace to Merseyside again, he admitted that hearing the song would be worth a hammering. Holloway said, “I can’t wait to hear that song, I’ll have a tear in my eye. That song is worth just standing there, it’s worth a 10-0 hammering. For me, Anfield being special goes back to being a kid.”
It remains to be seen though how Palace’s players feel about the Manager’s sentiments.