January 7, 1970
Key note: “Coventry City live to fight another night. But the suspicious of illegality surrounding Liverpool’s equalising goal at Highfield Road last night will rankle with the Sky Blues long after Monday’s replay at Anfield. City had set their hearts on knocking Liverpool out of the FA Cup at the first attempt. They might well have done so – with the encouragement of a superb headed goal by Neil Martin – had not Liverpool grabbed their controversial leveller only four minutes later with the match only one-third gone. The City camp were in no doubts that Liverpool No. 11 Bobby Graham was offside when he received Ian Callaghan’s flick-through to go on and hit the goal that meant the teams have to battle again for the right to receive Wrexham on January 24.” (Coventry Evening Telegraph: January 8, 1970)
Match: FA Cup, Third Round, at Highfield Road, kick-off: 19:30.
Coventry City – Liverpool 1-1 (1-1).
Referee: Mr. V. James; linesmen: Messrs. K. Sweet and B. Marchant.
Coventry City: Bill Glazier, Mick Coop, David Clements, Ernest Machin, Roy Barry, Jeff Blockley, Ernie Hunt, Willie Carr, Neil Martin, John O’Rourke, Dennis Mortimer.
Substitute: Maurice Setters for Mortimer after 77 min.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Tommy Lawrence, Chris Lawler, Peter Wall, Geoff Strong, Ron Yeats, Emlyn Hughes, Ian Callaghan, Ian Ross, Peter Thompson, Ian St. John, Bobby Graham.
Substitute: Doug Livermore (not used).
The goals: 1-0 Martin (27 min.), 1-1 Graham (30 min., assist: Callaghan).