March 29, 1969
Key note: “Tommy Smith is back in the penalty business. Following his failure against Leicester in the Cup, he put Liverpool into the lead against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road to-day from the spot as Liverpool fought for the two points that would keep up their championship challenge. With ‘flu victims Ron Yeats and Geoff Strong out, Liverpool brought in Ian Ross and Gerry Byrne. It was Byrne’s first game in the first team for more than a year. Roger Hunt took over the captaincy. Rangers had 16-years-old apprentice and local boy Gerry Francis as substitute.” (Liverpool Echo: March 29, 1969)
Match: Football League, First Division, at Loftus Road, kick-off: 15:00.
Queens Park Rangers – Liverpool 1-2 (0-1).
Referee: Mr. M.A. Fussey.
Queens Park Rangers: Alan Spratley, Ian Watson, Allan Harris, Tony Hazell, Ron Hunt, Bobby Keetch, Alan Wilks, Michael Leach, Frank Clarke, Rodney Marsh, Barry Bridges.
Substitute: Gerry Francis for Hazell after 65 min.
Liverpool: Tommy Lawrence, Chris Lawler, Gerry Byrne, Tommy Smith, Ian Ross, Emlyn Hughes, Ian Callaghan, Roger Hunt (C), Alun Evans, Ian St. John, Peter Thompson.
Substitute: Bobby Graham for St. John after 81 min.
The goals: 0-1 Smith (penalty, 27 min.), 0-2 Hunt (78 min., assist: St. John), 1-2 Bridges (89 min.).