A BRONZE sculpture of Liverpool Football Club founder, John Houlding was officially unveiled at Anfield today.
Lord Mayor of Liverpool Councillor Christine Banks and Club CEO Peter Moore unveiled the tribute ahead of this weekend’s Merseyside Derby.
“John Houlding is arguably responsible for the footballing legacy of this city – he was the first President of Everton FC and the Founder of Liverpool FC, as well as being the Lord Mayor of Liverpool. He was an important character in our City’s history and this stunning tribute is a fitting reminder of what he started over 120 years ago,” said Lord Mayor of Liverpool Councillor Christine Banks.
Pupils from Anfield’s Four Oaks Primary School which is situated in the shadow of the stadium, were also in attendance to lend a helping hand to the Lord Mayor and Peter Moore.
The bronze bust which is situated on 96 Avenue depicts Houlding looking up at Anfield’s Main Stand and was created by Liverpool sculptor, Tom Murphy – also responsible for creating the Shankly statue which sits proudly outside The Kop.
Tom said: “The sculpture has been over a year in the making, there are very few images of John Houlding and so it was important to do the right research on his style of clothes and other details. We felt it was important to show him wearing his Mayoral chain to reflect his impact, not just on football, but the City as a whole.”
Liverpool Football Club CEO Peter Moore said: “To have the Lord Mayor of Liverpool officially unveil our sculpture of a man who was not only the Founder of our Club, but also the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, feels very fitting. The sculpture has already proved very popular with supporters visiting Anfield and I’m sure it will continue to do so.”
Houlding officially created Liverpool Football Club on 3rd June 1892 following a dispute with Everton who played at Anfield, the ground he owned. Everton left and Houlding found new players to create a team to play at his ground – Liverpool Football Club was born.
A documentary which charts the creation of the John Houlding sculpture will be released by LFC TV in the near future.