Fans stand on Kop for final time

30 April 1994

It would be fair to say that the name Jeremy Goss would raise more than a few eyebrows when mentioned in connection with the Anfield record books.

In fact, you would be hard pushed to associate the former Norwich City midfielder with the likes of Rush, Hansen and Dalglish.

And yet when it comes to naming the last player to score in front of the standing Spion Kop, it is the Canaries' very own Welsh wizard who can lay claim to such a momentous feat.

It came at the climax to a season of transition for the Reds, when Graeme Souness' brief tenure came to close and Roy Evans had already begun to stamp his own authority on the Liverpool side.

It was an emotional occasion in which 44,339 supporters crammed into Anfield to say a fond farewell to a stand that was famous for intimidating the opposition and was often said to be worth a goal head start.

Goals were the order of the day but it was the visitors who dominated the opening half and they deservedly took the lead when Goss stunned the home support with a magnificent drive that flew into the top right-hand corner on 35 minutes.

John Deehan's side had obviously not read the script.

The second-half got underway with Liverpool fittingly attacking the Kop end for one last time before its conversion to an all-seater stand, but despite opportunities for Ronnie Whelan, Neil Ruddock and Don Hutchison the Reds could not find that elusive goal and the match finished with City claiming a famous 1-0 victory.

Speaking after the match, boss Roy Evans expressed his disappointment at not being able to mark the Kop's last stand with a goal but admitted the result was, for once, academic on what was a special occasion for one of football's most famous stands.

"We feel we have been the party poopers," said Evans.

"Everyone in the dressing room is very disappointed at the result and the way we played. This is a crowd that over the years has seen teams win things. Just imagine what they would have been like today if we had been challenging for the Championship.

"It was a taste for some of the younger players of what this crowd is like. I think they are the best crowd in the world. It was about the Kop today and all our fans, and I thought they were magnificent. It's a pity we weren't in the same class."