December 31, 1977
Key note: “A Phil Thompson goal, just after half-time, gave Liverpool a deserved lead, this afternoon, in a match played in a curious atmosphere at relegation threatened Newcastle. Liverpool made Terry McDermott skipper for the day, in recognition of his long service at Newcastle, before he moved to Anfield. But he did not get the kindest of receptions from the crowd.” (Liverpool Echo: December 31, 1977)
Match: Football League, First Division, at St. James’ Park, kick-off: 15:00.
Newcastle United – Liverpool 0-2 (0-0).
Referee: Mr. K. Warmsley.
Newcastle United: Kevin Carr, Ray Blackhall, Mickey Barker, Stewart Barrowclough, Aidan McCaffery, Irving Nattrass, Mick Burns, Ray Hudson, Michael Larnach, Tommy Craig, Stuart Robinson.
Substitute: Dennis Martin for Barrowclough.
Liverpool: Ray Clemence, Phil Neal, Joey Jones, Phil Thompson, Ray Kennedy, Emlyn Hughes, Kenny Dalglish, Terry McDermott (C), Steve Heighway, David Fairclough, Ian Callaghan.
Substitute: David Johnson (not used).
Bookings: Thompson (60 min.).
The goals: 0-1 Thompson (48 min., assist: Dalglish), 0-2 Dalglish (89 min.).