No. 65 – The 1966 Charity Shield
On the 13th of August 1966, Liverpool and Everton battled for the 1966 Charity Shield, which turned out to be a special curtain-raiser to the English football season. The 1966 FA Charity Shield was the 44th FA Charity Shield, 63,329 spectators packed Goodison that day for what was one of the most anticipated match Merseyside had ever seen.
During that Summer Liverpool had witnessed Gerry Byrne, Ian Callaghan and Roger Hunt play a vital role in England’s 1966 World Cup triumph. Roger Hunt played all six matches scoring three vital goals.
Before the game, Roger Hunt, Alan Ball and Ray Wilson paraded the World Cup, the FA Cup and the League Trophy around Goodison. It was Roger Hunt once again who grabbed all the headlines at Goodison. Liverpool took the lead in the 9th minute through Roger Hunt and Liverpool held on obstinately to ensure the Charity Shield was going back to Anfield.
Unfortunately, it was the only piece of silverware for Liverpool that season, Liverpool finished the season in a disappointing fifth place finish in the League, a fifth round exit from the FA Cup, and a stunning exit from the European Cup following a 5-1 loss to Johan Cruyff’s Ajax in Amsterdam.
Liverpool’s 1966 Charity Shield Team :
Tommy Lawrence, Chris Lawler, Gerry Byrne, Tommy Smith, Ron Yeats, Willie Stevenson, Ian Callaghan, Roger Hunt, Ian St John, Geoff Strong, Peter Thompson.