Anfield sets a new record

02 February 1952

In the third round of the 1951-52 FA Cup, Liverpool saw off Workington with a 1-0 victory at Anfield. Their reward was another home draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Often described as a sleeping giant these days, Wolves were very much awake in the Fifties, a decade which saw them clinch three League Championships. An attraction they most definitely were.

So, it was no surprise when a bumper crowd turned out at Anfield on February 2, 1952. At the time, Liverpool's average attendance was just shy of 40,000, though a clash with local rivals Tranmere 18 years previous had attracted a massive 61,036.

It was perhaps apposite that Wolves provided the opposition when the aforementioned record was dumped into second place, for their own highest attendance at Molineux came in a match against the Reds back in 1939.

The number of fans who crammed through the Anfield turnstiles on this cold February afternoon was tallied at an incredible 61,905.

Happily, the majority left satisfied after goals from Bob Paisley and Cyril Done secured a 2-1 win.