Gerry Marsden, the man that gifted You’ll Never Walk Alone to football fans has died.
The lead singer of Gerry and the Pacemakers was an occasional visitor to Celtic Park, famously singing You’ll Never Walk Alone on the pitch prior to the 2003 UEFA Cup tie between Celtic and Liverpool.
Which group of fans sang the song first has long been debated but for 50 years it has been a central part of the build up to European matches at Celtic Park and Anfield.
It is with such great sadness that we hear of Gerry Marsden’s passing.
Gerry’s words will live on forever with us. You’ll Never Walk Alone ?? pic.twitter.com/5W4yspmLRV
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 3, 2021
Very sad news about Gerry Marsden’s passing. His version of YNWA was famously adopted by both Liverpool and Celtic and was both rousing and inspiring. A welcome visitor to Parkhead through the years that song will live on forever whenever Celtic play. May he rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/MSTlYtEmCw
— St.Anthony (@Stephen4_2) January 3, 2021
Ferry Across The Mersey was another of his hits from the sIxties but it is YNWA that he will be forever associated with.
Down the generations other songs have been associated with Liverpool and Celtic supporters but YNWA has more than stood the test of time despite changes on the terraces with fans standing up from their seats with scarves aloft for the greatest football anthem.