Liverpool’s extraordinary data useful resource, the LFC Historical past web site, has been offering supporters, gamers and researchers with data for 20 years.
Should you’ve ever wanted to analysis any type of statistic, reality or match from Liverpool’s historical past, the chances are you’ve visited LFCHistory.web.
The web site is an unimaginable treasure trove of LFC information, tales and, after all, historical past.
Detailing nearly each match for the reason that membership’s inception has been a titanic workload, but founders Arnie Baldursson and Gudmundur Magnusson have managed all of it as a pastime.
From the positioning, the duo have developed books and assets for Reds all over the place, however an important asset is LFCHistory.web.
The positioning’s webmaster, Magnusson, informed This Is Anfield it took “16 months of labor simply to get it dwell.”
Forward of the web site’s twentieth anniversary, the positioning’s webmaster mentioned: “This has all the time been a pastime, simply evenings and weekends for 20 years.”
Magnusson labored as a system administrator across the time of founding the positioning, however his job is now in programming, one thing that he developed engaged on LFC Historical past.
The web site’s success has been so large that the soccer membership used their stats for a couple of years. Whereas they formally don’t now, Magnusson is aware of that his web site continues to be visited ceaselessly by these at Liverpool and past.
“In 2009, we received an e-mail from a writer within the UK who requested if we had been curious about making a e book known as ‘Liverpool: The Full File’,” he mentioned.
“We did that, then we did the second version, then we did what is named ‘The Liverpool Encyclopedia’, which is a very large e book and heavy.” That opened one other set of doorways, with friends appearances on LFC TV following.
“We’ve sat down with [Jamie] Carragher and people guys on TV exhibits, confirmed them the e book in addition to the web site, in order that they find out about all this,” the Icelandic supporter added.
LFC Historical past’s database has been so far-reaching that Magnusson mentioned: “I don’t suppose I see a e book being launched with out the creator, or somebody who’s working for the creator, going onto our web site and checking the outcomes. I believe nearly all of them!”
Magnusson and Baldursson have an fascinating background with regards to supporting Liverpool. Each are Icelandic and concerned within the nation’s official supporters membership.
Within the early 2000s, Magnusson was Chair of mentioned membership. “We had all the time had this thought that behind our minds to do one thing like for this for larger viewers as a result of we had been working with the Icelandic Supporters Membership web site for a couple of years,” added the webmaster.
“We had been considering need to swap over to English, we need to do one thing internationally. And the factor was, again in these days (2001), there have been quite a lot of websites on the market however all of them had this identical scope: information, boards, articles, and the discussion board was an enormous a part of them.
“We thought to ourselves that if we go down that line, we will probably be identical to everybody else; we have to discover a little bit of a distinct segment market if we need to stand out.”
And stand out they did.
LFC Historical past continues to be going robust and growing yr on yr to supply the general public with an extremely accessible database of Liverpool data, statistics and knowledge to maintain you endlessly occupied.
I believe on behalf of all supporters, and journalists particularly, we hope LFC Historical past retains going for a minimum of one other 20 years!