Quantcast
Featured: "The Heroes of Munich (1980-81)" by Kurt Henriksen - FF - Football Forum - The Liverpool Way Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
tlw content

Featured: "The Heroes of Munich (1980-81)" by Kurt Henriksen

Recommended Posts

The 1980/81 season saw Liverpool battling to overcome injuries and ultimately struggle with their league form. In Europe, however, it was business as usual and come April they were ready to face Bayern Munich in the semi final of the European Cup.

 

 
The first game at Anfield ended in a scoreless draw and with Liverpool missing captain Phil Thompson and left back Alan Kennedy as they headed to Munich for the return leg, the Germans were rated clear favourites to reach the final. 
 
Liverpool lined up like this: Ray Clemence; Phil Neal, Richard Money, Colin Irwin, Alan Hansen; Sammy Lee, Greame Souness, Terry McDermott, Ray Kennedy; Kenny Dalglish, David Johnson 
 
After just seven minutes Liverpool's problems increased when Kenny Dalglish had to leave the field following a wild tackle by Calle Del Haye. Bob Paisley then introduced Howard Gayle.  Gayle's only first team experience at that time was an appearance as a substitute against Man C in October, but still it was to be a typical Paisley masterstroke. With his pace and close control Gayle unsettled the Munich defence and he should have earned Liverpool a first half penalty after being fouled by Dremmler.
 
In the second half Liverpool, against all odds, took control of the game. But Gayle, after an excellent performance, was tiring and had to be replaced by Jimmy Case. Liverpool had made both their substitutions and with both Souness and Johnson carrying knocks, Paisley knew they wouldn't stand a chance if the game went into extra time.
 
So he pushed Ray Kennedy up front, which was to be another masterstroke. Seven minutes before full time a long clearance from Ray Clemence found David Johnson on the right. He played a great ball to Kennedy, who controlled the ball with his first touch, and with the second hit an unstoppable volley past Walter Junghans.
 
With only minutes remaining Bayern Munich needed two goals to go through. They managed an equaliser three minutes before the end through Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, but when Ray Clemence produced a brilliant save from Norbert Janzon in the dying seconds, Liverpool were through to the final on the away goal rule.   This was Liverpools 113th game in Europe and probably their greatest achievement to that point. And what happened a month later in Paris, we all know!
 

 

bayern.jpg
 
Season:  1980/81
Opposition: Bayern Munich
Result: 1-1
Scorer(s): Ray Kennedy
VenueOlympic Stadium, Munich

 

 

 

Click here to view the article

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Remember this game well listened yeah listened on the radio ( my lad was amazed European cup semi finals weren't Live back then) I literally went crazy when Kennedy scored, Gayle ran them ragged down the left a cracking result one of the best we ever had IMO

 

Sent from my C5303 using Tapatalk

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I loved to listening to footy on the radio when i was a kid.Even the most boring game was made out to be a epic by the commentators.Even when i listen to them on the radio now they dont seem the same,the commentators have gone downhill and seem to be auditioning for TV work rather than being good Radio commentators.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If memory serves me right this was the only European game when Bob Paisley man marked a player when he used Sammy Lee to do a job on Paul Breitner.

This was also after a first leg when Breitner had slagged off the way we had played and Munich had also been advertising for their fans on the best hotels to stay on Paris......not a clever idea to do that to Paisley .....

Compare the way Bob reacted to things going wrong in this game with injuries and decisions going against us like the Gayle penalty to how Ferguson had reacted like a demented drunk during the Madrid game last season.

As for Gayle he never quite made the most of his talent but the fact he's still remembered 30 plus years later ain't bad.

I also remember listening to this game on City as well and when Kennedy scored switching the radio off as couldn't take anymore, then watching the highlights on Sportsnight.......happy days.

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for postng this. This was one of our greatest European nights. Memories fade a bit now but I recall we were a bit fortunate that the first leg ended 0-0. They hit the bar at the Anny Rd end and we were really up against it going into this. I have vivid memories of the build-up to the game on City and then Tyldesley's classic line "..and that will take us to Paris.." when Kennedy scored. I still have the Midweek Match play-out to this on a cassette - mixture of YNWA and match highlights. Wish I knew how to upload it. It will bring a tear to the eye.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Went to the 1st leg semi at Anfield and I'm sure Kenny hit the bar with one of his edge of the box turn and curlers but not seen any footage since so memory has faded a bit. We were up against it with a lot of injuries that year. Both our form and the Anfield turf was unusually below par that season but we reigned in Europe 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I remember fuck all about this until as I was only two and a half, but I clearly remember my Uncle would be gone for days every month or so and then would reappear in my Nan's all buzzing and singing, telling me Nan he was off to another European city in a few weeks.

 

This must be one of the many, many nights of worry he gave my Nan when he went travelling around Europe with the reds. Probably were he got his first pair of Samba as well.

 

Would loved to have experienced all that.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Available Subscriptions

  • Last Match Report

  • Latest Posts

    • So that's 6 of us showing our age then?!
    • When we land the title and toxic fans from other clubs spout their well rehearsed bollocks we should just turn it back on them by dedicating the title to all those who lost their lives due to the virus.  
    • None of these cunts ever go to prison.
    • The glory that was Rome  36 years ago today     
    • They had a field day yesterday, the whinging cunts.    It's hilarious how some Juventus fans, even those bereaved, have moved on from Heysel (or appear to have done so) much quicker than Evertonians have. They genuinely do think that they were the real victims of it all. But, still sing their Manc songs.    They're so disingenuous about it all too. Let's be clear. They don't give a single fuck about any of the people who sadly lost their lives on that day. It's simply something they can hijack and use to try and score points. I saw somebody refer to them as "grief thieves" the other day and it's a spot on description.    Plus, they constantly claim that Heysel never gets talked about. Of course it does. You cunts never shut the fuck up about it. And, they accuse Liverpool fans of never wanting to discuss it. That's simply a lie. I'll happily discuss it. Loads of Reds would. But not in the limited way that the bloooooos want to discuss it: inane "murderers" and "never your fault" shouts. I'd happily discuss the context of it all. Including the crumbling stadium, the poor segregation, the relevance of Rome 1984 to the whole situation, that it was a fight between two sets of "fans" that ended up with innocent people bring caught up in it all, that it was a disaster that was likely to happen elsewhere if not at Heysel given the hooligan problem that pervaded the entire sport at that time. And, obviously, the culpability of some of our "fans" for what happened, but noting that it can't be ignored that their conduct was no different than a multitude of English fans in the 70s and 80s, with it, sadly, just being the consequences of that conduct that separated Heysel from other acts of English hooliganism.    But, they don't want that. Any attempt at discussion will inevitably be drowned out by that inane "never your fault" shout. The truth of the matter is that, if anything, it's Evertonians and other rival fans who don't want to discuss Heysel, unless it's on their basic, rather juvenile terms. 
  • Latest Round Up

  • Popular Now

  • Popular Contributors

  • Football Betting Site Betway
  • Footstock
  • Online Bingo
×