Daily Mirror newspaper, dated 11th of May 1978, reports on the Final. Our approach seems to have gone a bit wrong and we've lost our scoring touch where earlier in the season our finishing was great.  Liverpool finished the 1978–79 First Division in first place, eight points clear of second-placed Nottingham Forest. Coronavirus/COVID-19 Discussion Page (Football and Non-Football), Covid-19 – TTT Emergency Help and Exchange Page, Liverpool FC – Historical (Recent & Older). There seemed minimal danger to Bruges as Neal held the ball in a confined space near the right hand corner flag. The Belgian newspaper Het Volk produced a large sized 4 page special edition dated the day of the match. He said, "Liverpool seemed only a shadow of the side we played in the Uefa Cup final two seasons ago. Liverpool. Anderlecht were eliminated in the second round of the 1978–79 European Cup Winners' Cup by eventual winners Barcelona. Liverpool's football found some, though by no means all, of the quality of Rome where they won the European Cup a year ago. Meanwhile, Tommy Smith took a spot in the commentary box, where he joined Ian St. John and Brian Moore. He said: "It takes two teams to make a game into a spectacle and Bruges only seemed to be concerned with keeping the score down. They were without Courant's skilful influence in midfield and the possibility of the injured Lambert making an appearance in attack could only have been a rumour put about to disconcert the enemy. Liverpool replaced David Johnson with midfielder Steve Heighway in an attempt to get back into the match but it was to no avail as Anderlecht extended their lead late in the second half when Rensenbrink scored. "Perhaps the most intelligent guide to LFC available on the internet", “An ingenious and intelligent look beneath the surface to reveal what the headlines too often don’t tell us. The Dane was blocked before he could shoot, but the ball was not cleared and Clemence nearly lost a race for possession with Ku, a Hungarian brought in at the last moment by Ernst Happel, the Bruges coach. A series of passes between him and Rensenbrink saw him in space in the Liverpool penalty area and his shot went into the Liverpool goal to level the score at 1–1 and extend Anderlecht's lead in the tie to 4–2. Commemorative football cover produced by the Runcorn Stamp Centre. Kennedy volleyed the ball across the face of goal; Case's thunderous free kick was punched away by Jensen, who in the closing minutes of the first half first blocked Fairclough as he ran through, then tipped over the bar a header from Hansen.  The proposal by Dutch journalist Anton Witkamp, a football match between the holders of the European Cup and Cup Winners' Cup, failed to receive UEFA's backing, given the recent Cup Winners' Cup winners Rangers had been banned from European competition. It was the home side that opened the scoring in the 17th minute.  Liverpool were competing in the 1978–79 European Cup and were eliminated in the first round by the eventual winners Nottingham Forest of England in the first round. Freelance football writer, lifelong Liverpool FC fan, and football stat nerd. Watched by a crowd of 35,000 at the Emile Versé Stadium, Anderlecht took an early lead in the first half of the first leg when Franky Vercauteren and François Van der Elst scored. Liverpool were the reigning champions, while Anderlecht were appearing in the competition for the second time after winning the 1976 edition. Alan Hansen and Phil Thompson came in to the defence. Liverpool Daily Post newspaper, dated 11th of May 1978, included a four page supplement reviewing the final. After spending the next couple of weeks walking around with a big stupid grin on my face the big day finally arrived and as we walked up Wembley Way and into the stadium, I just don’t have the writing skills to adequately describe the experience. Striker Rob Rensenbrink advanced down the right-hand side of the pitch and passed the ball across the Liverpool penalty area towards midfielder Franky Vercauteren who headed the ball into the Liverpool goal. Heighway had not been on the field a minute before Liverpool scored with a goal that summed up their thoughtful mood of the night. Attendance : 92,000. Champions of Europe 1976-77 & 1977-78 - 500 Piece Jigsaw. After struggling for a time to disentangle themselves from their opponents tight marking and outwit their offside tactics. A late goal by David Fairclough meant Liverpool won the second leg 2–1. Liverpool FC » Squad 1977/1978. Then the full back released it to McDermott and a marvellous little chip found its way along the by-line to Dalglish to open up all manner of possibilities. It was a magnificent tsunami of noise that built in intensity and swept over us all and I’ll never forget those scenes of celebration, even now I consider them the best ever. Liverpool Daily Post newspaper, dated 12th of May 1978, reports on the homecoming celebrations. I recently assessed the 1977 final using modern analysis techniques (here) so let’s take a look at how Liverpool retained ‘old big ears’ one year later. Wembley | I am afraid many spectators would not get a very clear view but there was no time I had any thoughts of abandoning the game." I have long been curious about the 1978 final, as it doesn’t seem to have the legend or lustre of Liverpool’s four other triumphs. In August, Liverpool had shared the Charity Shield with Manchester United after a 0:0 draw at Wembley. Included are preview articles, team line-ups, pen pictures of all the Liverpool and Brugge players, history of European Cup Finals with results from all the previous Final matches 1956-1977 plus results and team line-ups of all Brugge previous matches in Europe 1967-1978. Tickets, Match Logistics & Game-Going Issues, The TTT Advice, Support, Welfare and Community Café/Social Club, Liverpool FC | Rolling Points Since 1959/60, Liverpool FC | Rolling Goals Scored/Conceded Since 1959, Liverpool FC | Premier League Performance Since 2012, Liverpool Form Guide – Season By Season since 1959, Transfer Price Index – Top 100 Premier League Buys (After Inflation), Boom! ", Anderlecht finished the 1978–79 Belgian First Division in second place, four points behind champions Beveren. Front and reverse of South Terrace Seat ticket. Images courtesy of Guy Mitchell from his poster album. Liverpool 1-0 Bruges Date : 10th May 1978 Venue : London Attendance : 92,000 However, Liverpool were unable to find the third goal they needed to send the match into extra time. Early on in the first half, Kenny Dalglish was put through on goal but Jensen dove at his feet to claim the ball, with Liverpool making some appeals for a penalty. 25 Year Celebration Dinner - 12 page booklet. Paisley suggested the competition should be played in April when the weather was better: "I think a match like this, between two leading team should be played in better weather, say in April. Souness, with his beautifully struck, finely weighted passes began the process of dismantling the Bruges cover and McDermott, his positioning and perception on the ball again an integral part of Liverpool's success, completed it. Five minutes from the end, Sorensen unnerved the Liverpool defence by running straight at them with the ball - it was, after all, a rare occurrence - again he was stopped, but with Clemence off his line and Simonsen taking aim, the possibility of extra time loomed briefly. Twelve months later Liverpool had managed to get through to the European Cup final once again and had the chance to make history by being the first British club to retain the trophy. Anderlecht defender Jean Thissen was shown a yellow card before the end of the half for a late tackle on Liverpool striker Kenny Dalglish. We believe this badge was issued by Liverpool FC. Kennedy was not as strong an influence as he had been in earlier rounds but Fairclough's persistent harrying of the Belgian defence more than compensated for this. The 1978 European Super Cup was a football match played over two legs between Liverpool of England and Anderlecht of Belgium.  The competition was endorsed and recognised by UEFA a year later. Rensenbrink, in particular, was in good form as he caused numerous problems for Liverpool defender Emlyn Hughes, who started because of an injury to Phil Thompson after being absent himself for a lengthy period. Original football art print produced by Activity Promotions of Nottingham. Despite heavy fog at Anfield, the match went ahead and Liverpool opened the scoring in the 13th minute. The Belgian newspaper Het Volk published a 32 page brochure after the match. Ogrizovic made a number of vital saves to keep Liverpool's hopes alive, saving from François Van der Elst and Rob Rensenbrink. I remember the excitement as the whole family, uncles, Aunts, cousins etc gathered around the TV to watch the FA Cup Final that year but alas it all ended in tears as the Mancs beat us 2-1. , The first leg was held at the Emile Versé Stadium, the home ground of Anderlecht. Anderlecht won the 1977–78 European Cup Winners' Cup beating Austrian team Austria Wien 4–0 in the final. Liverpool Weekly News newspaper, dated 18th of May 1978, included a four page pull-out special reviewing the final and the team's return to Liverpool. The four page supplement in the Liverpool Daily Post newspaper. The first leg was played at the Emile Versé Stadium, Brussels on 4 December 1978 and the second leg was played on 19 December 1978 at Anfield, Liverpool. L'Equipe newspaper published in France and Belgium, dated the day of the match, previews the Final. Anderlecht extended their lead in the second half courtesy of a Rob Rensenbrink goal to secure a 3–1 victory. Defender François Van der Elst found space in the Liverpool defence and his shot beat Clemence in the Liverpool goal to give Anderlecht a 2–1 lead. Articles from the French Book 1978 l'anee du football. A shot by midfielder Jimmy Case was saved by Anderlecht goalkeeper Nico de Bree, but the ball rebounded to Emlyn Hughes who scored to give Liverpool a 1–0 lead. A crowd of 23,598 saw Liverpool take the lead in the second leg at Anfield, when Emlyn Hughes scored.
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