December 29, 1976
Key note: “Liverpool were happy with their point and the neutrals were happy that justice was done in the result, but it still took an own goal by Dave Watson to make last night’s top-of-the-table match at Maine Road a 1-1 draw. Liverpool deserved to save a point, no doubt about it, but it was still a sickener for Manchester City that their late equaliser should come in such a way. The goal came in the 89th minute. City had taken advantage of Liverpool’s all-out attack to make a stinging reply, and Clemence had to stretch to hold a centre from Ken Clements. Immediately he rolled the ball out to Terry McDermott who in turn found Ian Callaghan. Callaghan attempted a centre to substitute David Fairclough, but mis-hit and there would probably have been no danger – until Watson headed the ball goal-wards as Corrigan was coming off his line.” (Liverpool Echo: December 30, 1976)
Match: Football League, First Division, at Maine Road, kick-off: 19:30.
Manchester City – Liverpool 1-1 (1-0)
Referee: Mr. Norman Steel.
Manchester City: Joe Corrigan, Kenny Clements, William Donachie, Mike Doyle, Dave Watson, Paul Power, Gary Owen, Brian Kidd, Joe Royle, Asa Hartford, Dennis Tueart.
Substitute: Peter Barnes (not used).
Liverpool: Ray Clemence, Phil Neal, Phil Thompson, Emlyn Hughes, Joey Jones, Jimmy Case, Terry McDermott, Ray Kennedy, Steve Heighway, David Johnson, Ian Callaghan.
Substitute: David Fairclough for Johnson after 69 min.
The goals: 1-0 Royle (35 min.), 1-1 Own goal (Watson, 89 min.).