No. 80 – The night Alun Evans grabbed all the Headlines
The TIA Panel have voted the 1970/71 European Fairs Cup 4th round 1st leg in at number 80 in the Days We’ll Remember all our Lives countdown. This game will always be remembered as the night Alun Evans scored a hat trick… On the 10th March 1971, Liverpool played German giants Bayern Munich in the European Fairs Cup 4th round first leg tie at Anfield infront of 45,616 supporters.
Evans’ hat-trick ensured a 3-0 win that ultimately saw them through 4-1 on aggregate. The German side were a very strong oppossition whose team included the names of Gerd Muller, Uli Hoeness, Georg Schwarzenbeck and Franz Beckenbauer, but Liverpool produced a magnificent performance on the night with Alun Evand grabbing all the headlines!!
Two years before, aged only 19, Evans was Britain’s most expensive teenager at the time and was bought by manager Bill Shankly to replace Tony Hateley, but it was this match in which Alun Evans played his most memorable game for the club. After the match, the Daily Post wrote ‘œBayern were helpless to close the gaps exploited so wonderfully by this remarkable youngster’
Liverpools Team : Ray Clemence, Chris Lawler, Alec Lindsay, Tommy Smith, Larry Lloyd , Emlyn Hughes, Phil Boersma, Alun Evans, Steve Heighway, John Toshack, Brian Hall