May 1, 1972
Key note: “Luck, that imponderable quality of which champions are made, finally deserted Liverpool last night. For 15 unbeaten matches it had been on their side. Sometimes its element was not needed. At others, such as in the match with Coventry, it was. But last night at Derby, when it was needed most, it chose to desert. And Liverpool crashed to their first defeat in the League since January 8. About time someone else had the luck, you might say. But of all nights, last night was the time Liverpool could least afford to concede to their opponents the element of chance. As a result of their 1-0 victory, Derby now go top of the First Division. Whether they stay there to take the League championship or whether they are overtaken will next Monday – Liverpool’s trip to Arsenal and Leeds’ journey to Wolverhampton.” (Liverpool Echo: May 2, 1972)
Match: Football League, First Division, at Baseball Ground, kick-off: 19:30.
Derby County – Liverpool 1-0 (0-0).
Referee: Mr. C. Thomas.
Derby County: Colin Boulton, Stephen Powell, John Robson, Alan Durban, Roy McFarland, Colin Todd, John McGovern, Archie Gemmill, John O’Hare, Kevin Hector, Alan Hinton.
Substitute: Terry Hennessey (not used).
Liverpool: Ray Clemence, Chris Lawler, Alec Lindsay, Tommy Smith, Larry Lloyd, Emlyn Hughes, Kevin Keegan, Brian Hall, Steve Heighway, John Toshack, Ian Callaghan.
Substitute: John McLaughlin for Heighway after 66 min.
The goal: 1-0 McGovern (62 min.).