February 12, 1975
Key note: “Liverpool’s miserly defence, the key factor in so many of their past triumphs, has suddenly become a major liability in their push for the First Division championship. The two goals scored by Ipswich last Saturday were ignored because of the excellence of Liverpool’s eventual win. But the four scored by a Tommy Craig inspired Newcastle at St. James’s Park last night may prove to be a mortal blow to Liverpool’s championship hopes. With Craig dominating virtually everything in the middle of the field despite the usual efforts of Ian Callaghan, Newcastle took themselves to a 4-1 win to gain ample revenge for last season’s F.A. Cup Final defeat – and hand Liverpool their heaviest reverse this season.” (Liverpool Echo: February 13, 1975)
Match: Football League, First Division, at St. James’s Park, kick-off: 19:30.
Newcastle United – Liverpool 4-1 (3-0).
Referee: Mr. Ralph Lee.
Newcastle United: Iam McFaul, Irving Nattrass, Alan Kennedy, Jim Smith, Glenn Keeley, Pat Howard, Stewart Barrowclough, Geoff Nulty, Malcolm MacDonald, John Tudor, David Craig.
Booking: Smith (75 min.).
Liverpool (4-4-2): Ray Clemence, Phil Neal, Phil Thompson, Emlyn Hughes (C), Alec Lindsay, Peter Cormack, Brian Hall, Ian Callaghan, Steve Heighway, Kevin Keegan, John Toshack.
Substitute: Terry McDermott (not used).
The goals: 1-0 Tudor (7 min.), 2-0 Macdonald (15 min.), 3-0 Barrowclough (24 min.), 3-1 Hall (67 min., assist: Heighway), 4-1 Macdonald (72 min.).
Liverpool started the game in a 4-4-2 formation with Keegan and Toshack up-front. In the second half Heighway was also pushed forward into a 4-3-3 formation.
Malcolm Macdonald (private collection).