1976-1977

1976-77

1st Round
Liverpool started the campaign with a tie against Northern Ireland champions Crusaders. A comfortable 2-0 victory over the Belfast side at Anfield was secured via a first half Phil Neal penalty and a second half goal from John Toshack.

It was sadly to be Toshack's last European goal in a red shirt for the big Welshman, whose goals had helped secured the UEFA Cup the previous season, was shortly to fall foul of injury problems that would severely restrict his appearances. Match Facts:

Liverpool 2 v 0 Crusaders
September 14th 1976

Clemence, Neal, Jones, Smith, Kennedy, Hughes, Keegan, Johnson, Heighway, Toshack, Callaghan

Goals
Neal (18 pen)
Toshack (64)

Attendance
22,442

The second leg scoreline of 5-0 belied a gritty performance from the Irish part timers, with four of Liverpool's goals coming in the last ten minutes as tiredness took an inevitable toll on the hosts.

A couple of goals from David Johnson, who had been struggling to make an impression following his £200,000 move from Ipswich Town, and a first ever European goal from Terry McDermott, were harbingers of greater things to come for both players.

Crusaders 0 v 5 Liverpool
September 28th 1976

Clemence, Neal, Jones, Smith, Kennedy, Hughes, Keegan, Johnson, Heighway, Case ( McDermott ), Callaghan

Goals
Keegan (34)
Johnson (81, 90)
McDermott (84)
Heighway (87)

Attendance
10,000

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2nd Round
A trip to Turkey broke new ground for Liverpool. Champions Trabzonspor, though relative unknowns outside of their own country, were bound to pose unique problems for Liverpool, buoyed as the were by a partisan home support. What they also had to contend with was a very bumpy pitch and a poor quality match ball.

In the event, a single goal defeat gained through a very dubious penalty was not as disastrous as it may have appeared.

Trabzonpsor 1 v 0 Liverpool
October 20th 1976

Clemence, Smith, Jones, Thompson, Kennedy, Hughes, Keegan, McDermott, Heighway (Fairclough), Toshack (Johnson), Callaghan

Goals

Attendance
25,000

Liverpool blew the Turkish side away with a breathtaking opening quarter to the match.

The tie was effectively over as early as the 19th minute when Kevin Keegan slotted home the third goal of the night to give Liverpool a 3-1 aggregate lead, a lead that never looked under any threat from then on in.

Liverpool 3 v 0 Trabzonspor
November 3rd 1976

Clemence, Neal, Jones, Thompson, Kennedy, Hughes, Keegan, McDermott, Heighway, Johnson, Callaghan

Goals
Heighway (8)
Johnson (10)
Keegan (19)

Attendance
42,275

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3rd Round
The classy French outfit were strongly fancied to win the competition having been cruelly defeated in the previous year's final by a fortunate Bayern Munich. Liverpool, minus Kevin Keegan and losing Toshack mid way through the game through injury, were always going to be up against it.

Boasting several top class internationals, including the charismatic Dominique Rocheteau, St Etienne settled the game with a single goal and looked a good bet to take the tie over two legs.

St Etienne 1 v 0 Liverpool
March 2nd 1977

Clemence, Neal, Jones, Thompson, Kennedy, Hughes, McDermott, Case, Heighway, Toshack (Smith), Callaghan

Goals

Attendance
28,000

Unquestionably one of the greatest ever nights at Anfield saw Liverpool edge through a pulsating tie with a late, dramatic winner from substitute David Fairclough.

Liverpool had gone ahead as early as the 2nd minute through a rather fortuitous Keegan strike but Bathenay's spectacular equaliser swung the tie back towards the Frenchmen. A Ray Kennedy goal levelled the aggregate score duly set the stage for the intervention of 'super sub' himself.

Liverpool 3 v 1 St Etienne
March 16th 1977

Clemence, Neal, Jones, Smith, Kennedy, Hughes, Keegan, Case, Heighway, Toshack (Fairclough), Callaghan

Goals
Keegan (2)
Kennedy (59)
Fairclough (84)

Attendance
55,043

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Semi Final
After the heoics of the previous round, the semi final tie was a strangely muted, anti-climactic affair.

A Phil Neal double and a goal from Steve Heighway, who was fast becoming the player of the season, more of less killed of the tie at the half way stage.

FC Zurich 1 v 3 Liverpool
April 6th 1977

Clemence, Neal, Jones, Smith, Kennedy, Hughes, Keegan, Case, Heighway, Fairclough, McDermott

Goals

Neal (14, 67 pen)
Heighway (48)

Attendance
30,500

The tie had been effectively won in Zurich and as expeced the Reds ran out comfortable winners at Anfield. Jimmy Case, who was to go on and achieve the European Young Player of the Year award, enhanced his reputation with two more strikes.

Second half substitute Alan Waddle made the last of his 21 appearances for the club in the second half, failing to add the solitary goal of his Anfield career, scored memorably against Everton in 1973.

Liverpool 3 v 0 FC Zurich
April 20th 1977

Clemence, Neal, Jones, Smith, Kennedy, Hughes, Keegan, Case, Heighway (Waddle), McDermott, Johnson

Goals
Case (33,79)
Keegan (83)

Attendance
50,611

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Final
Despite John Toshack's recovery from injury, manager Bob Paisley opted for Ian Callaghan in a starting 11 that was to be Kevin Keegan's last match as a Liverpool player. With 30,000 Scousers packed into the stadium, the players emerged from the dressing rooms into a sea of red and white

Terry McDermott, rapidly establishing himself in the side, opened the scoring after 27 minutes after good work from Steve Heighway to give the Reds a half time lead. The Germans hit back early in the second half with a fine goal from Dane Allan Simonsen, and for a while put Liverpool under intense pressure.

Ray Clemence performed some wonderful saves before unlikely goal hero Tommy Smith rose salmon like to meet a Steve Heighway corner and power the Reds back into the lead.

With the Reds now back in control, man of the match Kevin Keegan who had tormented his German marker Berti Vogts all night, won a penalty when Vogts finally chopped him down as he bore down on goal. Phil Neal coolly slotted home to complete the historic victory.

Borussia Moenchengladbach 1
Liverpool 3
May 25th 1977

Clemence, Neal, Jones, Smith, Kennedy, Hughes, Keegan, Case, Heighway, Callaghan, McDermott

Goals
McDermott (27)
Smith (64)
Neal (82 pen)

Attendance
57,000

Sir Bob quote

"The party afterwards was at the Holiday Inn, just down from St Peter's itself. It was the last of its type. It was still (just) the age of soccer's innocence then. The press were invited and the world and his wife were allowed to gatecrash so long as they were decked in red. A number of the obits to Paisley mentioned that, however much the champagne bubbled, the beaming manager bursting out of his ill-fitting Burton's blue suit refused to take a drink, so he could "drink in the atmosphere and the achievement."

"Well, true in fact but not in theory. Halfway through the do a big mitt gripped my arm fondly. "A Keating's a boy who should know," said Bob. "D'you think there's any chance of getting a bottle of Guinness round here?" I searched every nook. The St Peter's Holiday Inn did not stock Guinness. "Ah me," said Bob, "that means only me and the Pope up the road and Horace [Yates, the teetotal sports editor of the Liverpool Daily Post] over there are the only three sober men in Rome tonight."

Frank Keating, the Guardian's former chief sports writer, dispels one myth and says that even though Paisley didn't drink that famous night in Rome in 1977, he sure wanted to

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