On March 15, 1892, John Houlding famously broke from the board of Everton to form a new club – Liverpool.
Club historian and museum curator Stephen Done explains:
“It’s perhaps not widely known that Liverpool FC’s founding father and first president, John Houlding, was originally president of Everton but, after a huge fall out over a number of issues including rent, he was removed from his position.
“This left Houlding and his colleagues with a fine football ground but no team and no name! The evening of March 15 at Houlding’s home, Stanley House, a new club was proposed and given the name Liverpool Football Club.
“And so began the plans to recruit new players and to formally enter the Football League. By June 3, Liverpool Football Club was official.”
The club will mark its official 125th birthday on June 3, 2017 – the day the club was officially recognised by the Board of Trade in 1892.
This year, 125th birthday celebrations will be kicked off with the release of a special anniversary LFC crest, which will be revealed on next season’s kit in April.
Of course, the best way to honour the 125th year as a club would be to return to silverware-winning ways.