No. 59 – The 1979 Charity Shield

No. 59 – The 1979 Charity Shield

The 57th FA Charity Shield was held on the 11th August 1979 which saw the 1978/79 Football League champions Liverpool and 1979 FA Cup winners Arsenal battle in front of 92,000 spectators at Wembley.

A wonderful majestic performance from Liverpool and Terry McDermott helped Liverpool secure the 1979 Charity Shield on a baking hot day. Pat Jennings was the busiest keeper during the opening few minutes making impressive saves from Johnson, Dalglish and Souness while at the other end Frank Stapleton forced Ray Clemence into a fine save.

Liverpool opened the scoring in the 38th minute, Terry McDermott took Ray Kennedys pass in his stride and and from 25-yards out he striked a superb low drive past the reach of Pat Jennings.

Liverpool ended the first half with their one goal lead, just 15 minutes into the second half Liverpool doubled their lead through a clever placed goal from Kenny Dalglish. Two minutes later and Liverpool put the game beyond Arsenal with Terry McDermott grabbing his second goal of the game.

Although, Alan Sunderland scored a consolation goal for the Gunners, Liverpool hung on to secure a commanding 3-1 win over FA Cup winners Arsenal. Liverpool might have scored more than three on the day but for some fine goalkeeping by Arsenal‘s Pat Jennings.

It was another brilliant performance from Bob Paisley team, a day Kopites will never ever forget!

Liverpool: Clemence, Neal, Kennedy, Thompson, Kennedy, Hansen, Dalglish, Case, Johnson, McDermott, Souness.

Arsenal: Jennings, Rice, Nelson (Young), Talbot, O’Leary, Walford, Brady, Sunderland, Stapleton, Price (Hollins), Rix.