Liverpool v All Stars XI 8-8 (Testimonial: April 8, 1970)


April 8, 1970
Key note: “The name Anfield is synonymous with great soccer occasions. Bulging at its 54,000 capacity seams it has seen some great moments of football drama unwind. Yet last night saw it reach a new peak of sportsmanship. It was a night filled with snow and thunder from which one would not refuse shelter to one’s worst enemy. Yet 41,000 Liverpool fans arrived at Anfield to pay tribute, thanks and farewell to one man – Gerry Byrne, football courageous and, for a decade and a half, an Anfield hero. That sort of gate on a night like that for a testimonial game would surely turn almost every soccer club in the world emerald green with envy. Certainly it was a fitting way for Liverpudlians to pay their thanks to a man who did so much to bring the FA Cup to Anfield for the one and only time in 1965 when he played for most of the final with a broken collar bone.” (Liverpool Echo: April 9, 1970)

Match: Testimonial for Gerry Byrne, at Anfield, kick-off: 19:30.
Liverpool – All Stars XI 8-8 (2-2).
Attendance: 41,000.
Referee: Mr. George McCabe.
Liverpool: Tommy Lawrence, Chris Lawler, Geoff Strong, Ron Yeats, Tommy Smith, Willie Stevenson, Ian Callaghan, Gordon Milne, Bobby Graham, Roger Hunt, Ian St. John.
All Stars: Gordon Banks, Jimmy Armfield, Alex Parker, John McLaughlin, Larry Lloyd, Willie Hunter, George Eastham, Stanley Matthews, Tony Hateley, Alf Arrowsmith, Steve Heighway.
The goals: 1-0 Hunt (9 min.), 1-1 McLaughlin (27 min.), 2-1 Stevenson (28 min.), 2-2 Hateley (37 min.), 2-3 Armfield (47 min.), 2-4 Lloyd (52 min.), 3-4 Graham (53 min.), 3-5 Hunter (58 min.), 4-5 St. John (60 min.), 4-6 Eastham (62 min.), 4-7 Arrowsmith (66 min.), 5-7 St. John (68 min.), 6-7 Lawrence (penaty, 70 min.), 6-8 Hunter (75 min.), 7-8 Lawrence (78 min.), 8-8 Milne (79 min.).

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