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"4-0 up inside 12 minutes (1968-69)" by Frank Dacey


 

Following the weekend destruction of Arsenal, many fans wondered “when was the last time Liverpool scored four goals in the opening 20 minutes of the game?” The Reds went one better, or rather eight minutes better on 21st September 1968 when a shell-shocked Leicester City were four down in 12 minutes.

This game marked the debut of Alun Evans, who had been signed by Bill Shankly to replace Tony Hateley (Rest in Peace big man). Evans had played one season in the top flight with Wolves when Shanks made him Britain’s most expensive teenager. He went straight into the first team against a Leicester side whom Liverpool had often found very difficult to beat. Not so on this occasion.

Ron Yeats and Tommy Smith had the reds two up inside 5 minutes before Evans got a debut goal on 10 minutes. Two minutes later Ian Callaghan made it four and a slightly bemused Anfield crowd settled back to enjoy a massacre. But that was it, no more goals and, on reflection it sums up Evans’ Anfield career, an explosive start followed by disappointment, with just the occasional glimpse of what might have been. He was finally overshadowed by Kevin Keegan and transferred to Aston Villa in 1971.

Leicester ended up getting relegated. Liverpool finished second to Leeds, scoring just one goal in their last 4 league games, symptomatic of the Reds’ attack still misfiring, despite the money spent on it.

Liverpool: Clemence, Lawler, Wall, Smith, Yeats, Hughes, Callaghan, Hunt, Evans, St John, Thompson

Season: 1968/69
Opposition: Leicester City
Result: 4-0
Scorer(s): Ron Yeats, Tommy Smith, Alun Evans, Ian Callaghan
Venue: Anfield

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9 Comments

Interesting article especially since all we hear is about Premiership records as opposed to all time records. Football existed before 1992.

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Think they also had Peter (Tina) Shilton in goal as well....

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Not 4 goals but I remember Villa at home in mid 90s, it was 3-0 after about 10 minutes
Edit: 3-0 after 8 minutes, McManaman (2), Fowler (5), (8)
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Anyone recall how long he would have been around before he got bottled in a Wolverhampton night club?  Was never the same player after that. 

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Stringvest was there with his rattle and pipe. 

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He was attacked in October 1970. His one big game after that was a hat-trick against Bayern Munich, though he also scored in the cup semi-final against Everton that season

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Ah the semi at old toilet. We had the Stretford End,it was like a cow shed. But a great day out coming from behind.
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he won Germany's goal of the season when wegot beat 3-1 by Bayern in 1971. Went on to play in Melbourne. Shanks had a lot of time for him in his autobiography. Would have become a top top player without the glassing, happened in Walsall I think, in his girlfriend's dad's club.
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the game after Leicester we beat Wolves 6-0 away and Alun Evans scored two. He was brilliant on the day, cute player used to back into yard dog centre halves and win free kicks; brave considering some of the animals playing then- most make Vidic look like a pussy.
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