Liverpool FC, led by Bill Shankly, first entered the European Cup in August 1964 in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik. But the biggest club prize in world football eluded Shankly’s side.
Their first attempt was ended by Inter Milan in the second leg of a semi final mired in corruption and bizarre refereeing decisions.
When Liverpool returned to the competition in 1966-67 their journey lasted only two rounds before the fast emerging but largely unknown Ajax, inspired by a young Johan Cruyff, were too good for them.
Shankly’s final bid for the big pot, in 1973-74, again spanned only two rounds, losing home and away to Red Star Belgrade in what become a landmark in Anfield history, prompting the decision to scrap the stopper centre half and build from the back.
When they re-entered the European Cup in 1976-77 Shankly’s successor Bob Paisley was embarking on his third season in charge. And what a season it was …..Ending with the dream realised on an atmospheric May evening in Rome……Liverpool were champions of Europe at last.
This book, celebrating the 40th anniversary of their 3-1 conquest of Borussia Moenchengladbach in the final, revealingly charts Liverpool’s 13-year journey, featuring the views of the players, the managers and the fans blended with the eye-witness recollections of author John Keith.
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Closing Date May 10th
A superb end of season double header awaits football fans with two exciting shows at New Brighton Floral Pavilion in May…And Red All Over The Land readers have the chance to win tickets for both events in our special competition.
Ray Clemence and Bob Latchford, derby match foes and former England team mates, join broadcaster John Keith in An Audience With Clem And Latch on Thursday, May 18 when they will lift the lid on life at Anfield and Goodison during the 1970s and early 80s.
And the following week, on Friday, May 26, it’s the turn of Liverpool greats Ian Callaghan, Jimmy Case and Phil Neal to join John on stage in The Kop’s Roman Carnival celebrating the 40th anniversary of the club’s first European Cup triumph in Rome in 1977, with Wirral-based singer Ian Ross also performing.
Tickets for both events are now on sale at the Floral Pavilion (0151 666 0000)