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Anfield memories - goals galore in '63, Pat's heroics in '73

Posted on 31 March 2016  - 13:45

Anfield. One of the most iconic stadiums in the world. We first played league football there in 1910 and it's certainly been a tough place for us - but there have been highs as well - and we'll document a few as we prepare to travel to the Red half of Merseyside again on Saturday...



In an incredible Easter in 1963, the two teams shared 16 goals in two games in three days!

We were fighting for the title but suffered a blow at Anfield on Good Friday, April 12 when we flew into a 2-0 lead - Cliff Jones and Terry Dyson on target - only to lose 5-2.

However, we turned it around in style on Easter Monday as Jimmy Greaves ran riot with four goals in a 7-2 win at the Lane!

Below: Speaking in 2014, Cliff Jones talks about our rivalry with Liverpool down the years


Reflecting on that incredible weekend now over 50 years ago, double-winner Cliff said: "These were always great games. I remember we went up to Anfield on Easter Friday and we were 2-0 up at half-time. I thought to myself 'we might have cracked it here' but we ended up getting stuffed 5-2! Jimmy Melia scored a hat-trick.

"On the Easter Monday they came down to White Hart Lane and we stuffed the 7-2! Jimmy Greaves scored four goals and he was sensational! Bill Shankly was seen wandering around the car park in a complete daze and when one of the reporters approached him and said 'Bill, 7-2 - any injuries' and he replied 'no injuries lad, just a broken heart'. So Jimmy Greaves broke Bill Shankly's heart - and not many people did that!"

Below: Pat in action at Anfield in 1973



Pat Jennings turned in a 'worldy' performance at Anfield on March 31, 1973 - the day of the Grand National - which included TWO penalty saves.

Kevin Keegan and Tommy Smith were denied as Pat kept title-chasing Liverpool at bay. However, despite making save after save, he was eventually beaten by a deflected, miss hit shot from Keegan as it ended 1-1. Liverpool went on to win the title.

Writing in his autobiography, Pat recalled his incredible display. "It was a morning match so that the fans had time to go on to Aintree or to have a quick lunch-time drink before watching the big race on TV.

"Liverpool were chasing the League Championship that season - as usual - and nobody gave Spurs much chance of avoiding defeat. But I had one of those days, the dream of every goalkeeper, when it seemed I could do no wrong. I was having a good season and, in fact, was voted as Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers' Association at the end of it, and I've no doubt my double penalty save helped me win the award.

"Although those saves earned a great deal of publicity, it has to be admitted that neither was exactly in the super class. Kevin Keegan and Tommy Smith, who took the kicks, must both have been annoyed they didn't connect as cleanly as they intended. On each occasion I simply picked the right direction to go and stopped both shots without a great deal of bother. I made four or five saves better that morning which gave me considerably more satisfaction.

"It was one of my lucky days and the rest of the Spurs lads reckoned that if they could have found me a horse, I'd have won the Grand National. In fact, I didn't even back the winner!"

Coming soon - Anfield '85, '95 and 2005!