No. 86 – Liverpool 10-0 Dundalk
On the 16th of September 1969, Liverpool hosted part timers Irish side Dundalk at Anfield for the European Fairs Cup First round first leg. It became a night when Anfield witnessed their biggest victory. A strong 32,656 supporters were at Anfield that night to witness at the time Liverpool’s biggest victory ‘“ a record which wouldn’t be broken until StrÃ¸msgodset visited in 1974….
On entering Anfield nobody ever considered they were about to witness one of the Greatest Anfield European nights ever that would have immortality bestowed on it!. The whole of Anfield were in full chorus. The Kop fully expected a Liverpool but nobody expected the Reds to win in such style. The Liverpool Echo’s Chris James summed the night up with the following words: ‘œDundalk were hopelessly outclassed, out-paced, in fact out-everythinged. It wasn’t so much a football match as an exhibition of torture by Liverpool.’
Liverpool were 5-0 up by half time, but had started the goalscoring spree almost instantly within the first minute from kick off through Alun Evans. Further goals from Chris Lawler, Tommy Smith, Bobby Graham and a second goal for Alun Evans sent the Reds in at half time five goals to nil.
The second half saw another five goals, eleven minutes into the second half young Alec Lindsay grabbed his first goal on his debut for the club. Tommy Smith scored his second goal in the 67 minute, while Peter Thompson scored another two minutes later. With just under fourteen minutes remaining Liverpool had gained an 8-0 advantage but were still determined to go forward looking for more goals. Next to score was Ian Callaghan while a second goal for Bobby Graham ensured their names were wrote into one of the most famous Liverpool victorys in the clubs history!
Ray Clemence, Chris Lawler, Geoff Strong, Tommy Smith, Ron Yeats, Emlyn Hughes, Ian Callaghan, Bobby Graham, Alec Lindsay, Alun Evans, Peter Thompson
Alun Evans (1), (38)
Chris Lawler (10)
Tommy Smith (24), (67)
Bobby Graham (36), (82)
Alec Lindsay (56)
Peter Thompson (69)
Ian Callaghan (76)
“A strong 32,656 supporters were at Anfield that night to witness at the time Liverpool’s biggest victory ‘“ a record which wouldn’t be broken until StrÃ¸msgodset visited in 1974”
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