No. 62: Kennys Last game as manager

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No. 62 – Kennys Last game as manager

Kenny Dalglish resigned as manager in February 1991, Liverpool had just played an incredible game F.A. cup replay at Goodison Park against Everton and drawn 4-4. We were ahead four times and Everton kept coming back, it was a fantastic game to watch. Kenny resigned two days later….

TIA Columnist Ste Speed recently recalled the incredible 4-4 draw at Goodison Park…

‘œEven if this game had finished 0 ‘“ 0 it would still have been memorable simply for the fact that it was Kenny Dalglish’s last as Liverpool manager. This is also the first time I can recall a game (that wasn’t a cup final) being so amazing that it was released on video soon afterwards. It was the fifth round of the F.A. Cup and it was an incredible game.

Liverpool took the lead four times through Ian Rush, John Barnes and Peter Beardsley and Everton kept coming back. Steve Nicol messed up for one of Evertons goals from Graeme Sharp. Sharp scored again to take the game into extra time. Liverpool went 3 ‘“ 2 up and then Everton substitute Tony Cottee equalised. Barnes scored one of the best ever Liverpool goals to make it 4 ‘“ 3 before Cottee equalised again in dramatic fashion.

Unfortunately this amazing game was overshadowed by the resignation of Kenny Dalglish almost immediately afterwards. I remember it was during the half term holidays from school so I was watching the lunchtime news on television when I heard the news.

At first I thought I refused to believe the news, thinking it was either a lie or a rumour, but when I saw my dad’s face when he got home from work that night I knew it was true. Liverpool lost the replay 1 ‘“ 0 with a goal from Dave Watson.”

Kenny left Liverpool after winning eight league titles and three Europeans Cups with the Reds as a player and then manager. However, in July 2009, Kenny Dalglish returned to Liverpool assuming a senior role at the Liverpool Academy and will also act as a club ambassador working with the commercial side of the business around the world!.

To mark the end of the 30-year wait for a league title, the ‘Liverpool Mishmash’ poster is available to order exclusively on This Is Anfield — the history of the Reds in one image!

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