Saturday 13 December 1969 15:00  Liverpool  -  Manchester United  1 - 4  Division One
Saturday 13 December 1969 15:00 Division One
"Liverpool" 1 - 4 "Manchester United"
 Hughes 25    Charlton, Morgan, Ure, Yeats og
  1  Tommy Lawrence
  2  Chris Lawler
  3  Peter Wall
  4  Geoff Strong
  5  Ron Yeats (c)
  6  Emlyn Hughes
  7  Ian Callaghan
  8  Ian Ross
  9  Peter Thompson
 10   Ian St John
 11  Bobby Graham

 12  Roger Hunt
    1  Alex Stepney
  2  Shay Brennan
  3  Tony Dunne
  4  Francis Burns
  5  Ian Ure
  6  David Sadler
  7  Willy Morgan
  8  George Best
  9  Bobby Charlton (c)
 10  Pat Crerand
 11  John Aston (jnr)

 12  Carlo Sartori
 Ross (Hunt 71)    Aston (Sartori ?)
Anfield (capacity )
Attendance: 47,682
  Bill Shankly (Liverpool)
Wilf McGuinness (MU)

Official matchday programme   Price: 9 d


  - Ron Yeats scored an own goal

    After the 1968/69 season, both clubs' silverware hauls had dried up. Liverpool won nothing between 1966 and 1973, and we know all too painfully where United were heading by '73. So, in a sense, Old Trafford's Reds would say their temporary goodbyes to summit-level football at Anfield on 13 December 1969 - and in the most extraordinary fashion imaginable.

  New United boss Wilf McGuinness, four days ahead of a League Cup semi-final derby clash with City, took his new charges to face the Kop, and produced a goal glut to live long in United hearts and minds. Not for another quarter of a century would a visiting side fire four past the Anfield Reds.

  New boys Ian Ure and Willie Morgan added to an own goal, but it was Bobby Charlton who produced the immortal memory: a phenomenal edge-of-box rocket in front of a disbelieving, slack-jawed Kop, a strike so beautiful and unearthly that Sir Matt himself, quite uncharacteristically, leapt to his feet in the directors' box to applaud frenziedly.

  Sweet: but United's Swinging Sixties were now sadly over. And by the time, in April 1972, that Liverpool came and won 3-0 at Old Trafford, United were so far into their agonisingly long freefall towards Division 2 that it went almost un-noticed.

  Airfield's attendances were now temporarily exceeding OT's: grim times indeed. But the 1970s tanking that truly sticks in the craw - and mind - would come in December 1978, in a game which older Reds can now almost chucklingly look back on as the 'Worst Yuletide Ever', when Dave Sexton might just as well have stamped on all our presents...
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