On This Day 19th May 1976

On This Day 19th May 1976
On This Day 19th May 1976

Holding this slender advantage in Belgium, Liverpool were entirely professional and brilliantly reacted to Raoul Lambert’s 11th-minute penalty. Note, it was Raoul Lambert…..not Rickie!!! Club Brugge’s Lambert was their star player in those days. In fact, the whole Club Brugge team was littered with stars and quality players.

It’s strange nowadays when you look back at some of yesteryears big hitters and wonder what happened to them. I’d guess money……again!! Back then as well as FC Brugge, Belgium boasted Anderlecht. They were also a formidable side in those days.

Off the top of my head I can remember teams like FC Zurich, Partizan Belgrade, Ujpest Dozsa, Steaua Bucharest, Vojvodina to name just a few teams that always seemed to be there or thereabouts in European competitions.

As I’ve mentioned, Raoul Lambert gave FC Brugge the lead only for Kevin Keegan to equalise soon after. Keegan struck back with a drilled effort just four minutes later, after Emlyn Hughes confused the Brugge defence with a short pass from a free-kick.

From then on, Liverpool controlled the proceedings and held on fairly easily to secure the League and UEFA Cup double for that season.

He may have been faultless on the pitch but skipper, Emlyn Hughes, had a bit of a wobble off it. He made his only mistake of the night when he dropped the trophy following its presentation.

After the presentation faux pas, Hughes said: “We won it because we’re the best side in England, the best in the UEFA Cup and probably the best in the whole of Europe!

“Every one of the lads were absolutely brilliant and I knew when we scored that we were going to win the cup.”