December 12, 1977
Key note: “It was Paisley’s night out … and Paisley had to win. If in the end it was Bob Paisley who triumphed rather than the town there were few complaints. An evening of splendour, which began with kisses from Peter Latchford for the football ladies before the start, ended with a penalty decider which had had a good deal more dramatic content than any play of the month. From the moment the pipe band skirted its way round Love Street until the fascinating finale it was a heart-stirring occasion, even for the non-Buddies. St. Mirren did not just acquit themselves in this centenary celebration against the European super champions, they enthralled the 20,000 enthusiasts.” (Glasgow Herald: December 13, 1977)
Match: Friendly, at Love Street.
St. Mirren – Liverpool 1-1 (0-0); 4-5, on penalties.
Referee: Mr. M.A. Foot.
St. Mirren: Ally Hunter, John Young, Alex Beckett, Tony Fitzpatrick, Bobby Reid, Jackie Copland, Derek Hyslop, Willie Stark, Frank McGarvey, Billy Abercromby, Iain Munro.
Substitutes: Alex Richardson; Peter Leonard.
Liverpool: Ray Clemence, Phil Neal, Alan Hansen, Phil Thompson, Emlyn Hughes, Ian Callaghan, Ray Kennedy, Terry McDermott, Jimmy Case David Fairclough, Kenny Dalglish.
Substitutes: David Johnson for Callaghan after 67 min.; Max Thompson (not used).
The goals: 0-1 Dalglish (57 min., assist: Fairclough), 1-1 Abercromby (87 min.).
Penalty-shoot-out: 1-0 Munro; 1-1 Neal; 2-1 Hyslop; 2-2 Hughes; 3-2 Beckett; 3-3 McDermott; 4-3 Abercromby; 4-4 Kennedy; (Clemence saved from McGarvey; (Hunter saved from Case); (Clemence saved from Reid); 4-5 Johnson.