Sheffield United v Liverpool 1-0 (League Cup: August 28, 1978)


August 28, 1978
Key note: “When Sheffield United’s 18-year-old midfield lad Gary Hamson drove a perfect shot past Ray Clemence to knock Liverpool out of the League Cup last night, he set up a shock wave of disbelief which must have swept through football. For a Second Division team to beat a side which, in thrashing Ipswich and Manchester City last week had looked well nigh unbeatable, was a result which qualified for the ‘can you believe it?’ routine. Feature of the first half, in which Liverpool played a leisurely sort of game without any real punch up front, was the booking of Case, McDermott, Neal and Dalglish for not retreating ten yards from a free-kick. The four-way caution for the Liverpool wall was as astonishing as the fact that United won.” (Liverpool Echo: August 29, 1978)

Match: League Cup, Second Round, at Bramall Lane, kick-off: 19:30.
Sheffield United – Liverpool 1-0 (1-0).
Attendance: 35,753.
Referee: Mr. D.W. Lloyd.
Sheffield United (4-4-2): Steve Conroy, John Cutbush, John Matthews, Andy Keeley, Paul Garner, Mick Speight, Alex Sabella, Simon Stainrod, Gary Hamson, Alan Woodward, Steve Finnieston.
Substitute: Colin Franks for Finnieston after 64 min.
Liverpool (4-4-2): Ray Clemence, Phil Neal, Phil Thompson, Emlyn Hughes, Alan Kennedy, Jimmy Case, Terry McDermott, Graeme Souness, Ray Kennedy, Steve Heighway, Kenny Dalglish.
Substitute: David Fairclough for Case after 70 min.
Bookings: Case, McDermott, Neal, Dalglish.
The goal: 1-0 Hamson (10 min.).

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