This week’s edition of ‘On This Day’ looks back on Liverpool’s record 7-0 demolition of Tottenham Hotspur in 1978.
Without a doubt for all of us Liverpool fans, we have been delighted with the style that Rodgers’ Red Army have been playing since Christmas last season. Two results that stick in our minds since that transition have been our two games with Tottenham Hotspur.
5-0 last season, 3-0 last weekend.
But on this day in 1978, Bob Paisley’s Reds took on Spurs in Anfield, and demolished them on a scoreline of 7-0. There isn’t a Spurs fan around that dares to remember or speak about that fateful day in ’78.
Keith Burkenshaw’s newly promoted Tottenham travelled to the banks of the River Mersey, to face Paisley’s Reds, confident of securing the London club’s first away win at Anfield in sixty years.
Instead they returned to London after a bashing from the reigning European Champions, in what is to this day Spurs’ greatest post war league defeat.
The Red Men would attack the Spion Kop in the first half, the end of the ground that would see all the action for the first forty five minutes.
It took just ten minutes for the Scousers to take the lead. Jimmy Case drilled the ball into the Spurs twelve yard area, where it fell to the feet of Kenny Dalglish. The Scot turned beautifully in the box before hitting the ball past Dane in the Spurs goal.
Liverpool notched a second ten minutes later. Souness picked up Kennedy’s rebounded shot, before turning it to Case. His shot was deflected in by Dalglish just inside the far post. Two nil to the reds inside twenty minutes.
Minutes later the Reds made it three. Terry McDermott whipped in a deep cross where Ray Kennedy was on hand, beyond the far post. A powerful header put the ball back across the Spurs goal before homegrown player John Lacey turned it home.
Three minutes after the restart the home side struck again. After Dalglish linked with Souness and McDermott, substitute Johnson dispatched of a long range effort high into the Anfield Road end goal.
Dalglish was proving to be a handful for the Spurs defence, and was credited with an assist for the fifth goal. His through ball played in Johnson, who fired home from the edge of the box for his second, Liverpool’s fifth.
The next goal was to come from the penalty spot. Liverpool winger Stevie Heighway was taken down by Duncan, who moments earlier had denied Johnson with a goal line clearance. Neal stepped up to take it, and at the second time of asking buried the ball in Daines net. Six Nil to the reds.
The seventh goal, was a piece of footballing magic. It all started with a Tottenham corner at the Kop end. The set piece was quickly dealt with but the Reds hit Spurs on the counter. Dalglish fed the ball to Johnson, who in turned sprayed the ball across the field to Heighway. The winger squared the ball for McDermott who had made the run, and nodded the ball home from close range on the back post.
Bob Paisley later recalled the goal as one of the greatest Anfield has ever seen, and added:
“At times it is frightening. Just imagine what they would be liked if they were coached!”
David Pheasey, Pundit Arena.