As the feelgood factor continues after Wednesday night, why not take a look at another special event to enjoy from yesteryear. Following on from my “On This Day 3rd May” post yesterday – if you haven’t seen it yet, you can see it HERE – we can take a look at what happened on this day 4th May.
On This Day 4th May 1974
Arguably one of the most one sided FA Cup Finals ever – Liverpool 3, Newcastle United 0. Still fresh in the memory but incredibly it was on this day 4th May 1974. An amazing 44 years ago!!!
Two brilliant second half goals from Kevin Keegan, either side of a well taken Steve Heighway goal, ensured Liverpool beat Newcastle United with some ease in a very one-sided 3-0 win in the FA Cup Final. The game was not only significant for the FA Cup victory but also because it signalled the end of Bill Shankly’s reign as Liverpool manager. Soon after the Final, Shankly announced his shock retirement so that he could spend more time with his family. He was to be replaced by Bob Paisley.
Relive some of the highlights from this great win
While still at 0-0 Liverpool had an opening goal harshly chalked off. Left back Alec Lindsay drilled home “a la Barney Rubble style” but was flagged offside. However, replays later showed that the final pass to Lindsay came from a Newcastle defender. Therefore the goal should have stood. Fortunately though it did have a bearing on the final outcome.
Supermac – Or Should That Be Supermouth?
The build up to the Final was also dominated by Newcastle United’s star striker, Malcolm MacDonald telling the world what he would do to our defence. In fact what he said was, “I’m going to rip through Bill Shankly’s defence”. After the one-sided demolition (3-0 flattered Newcastle), Emlyn Hughes was asked what Liverpool’s motivation was. Emlyn replied, “Malcolm MacDonald”.
To say MacDonald was brash and supremely confident is a massive understatement. On this day 4th May though he was totally anonymous. Apart from, that is, the one occasion he had a sort of a sniff of our well guarded goal. Needless to say he fluffed his lines….spectacularly.
Match commentator John Helm enthused, “Newcastle United have simply been destroyed. Liverpool 3, Newcastle 0, in the most one sided cup final for years.” He added, “Newcastle were simply second best”.
Although well hammered two of Newcastle’s starting XI that day acquitted themselves reasonably well. So much so that they went on to become future Reds legends. Both of them scored in future European Cup Finals for us. Who were they? Alan “Barney Rubble” Kennedy and Terry McDermott. Two great servants who enjoyed great Liverpool careers and who both graced the Fields of Anfield Road for many years.
A bit of indulgence over the last couple of days. And why not? Football is all about highs and lows. We should take any opportunity to enjoy and relive the highs as much as we can. Happy memories indeed.
Still no new update about Sean Cox. Again, wishing you a speedy recovery Sean. Get well soon. YNWA; JFT96!!