Round: Final, 2nd Leg 1978 EUROPEAN SUPER CUP FINAL Stadium: Anfield
Date: Tuesday, 19th December 1978
Attendance: 23,598
Time: 19:30 Referee: Nicolae Rainea
Coach: Bob Paisley Coach: Raymond Goethals

1. Steve Ogrizovic

1. Jacky Munaron
2. Phil Neal

2. Gille Van Binst
3. Emlyn Hughes (C) 13 1:0

3. Matthijs Van Toorn
4. Phil Thompson

4. Johnny Dusbaba
5. Ray Kennedy

5. Jean Thissen

6. Alan Hansen

6. Frank Vercauteren
7. Kenny Dalglish

7. Francois Van der Elst 71 1:1
8. Jimmy Case

8. Rudd Geels 46
9. David Fairclough 84 2:1

9. Arie Haan
10. Terry McDermott

10. Ludo Coeck
11. Graeme Souness

11. Robbie Rensenbrink (C)

13. Ray Clemence

Ronny Martens Geels 46

12. David Johnson

14. Steve Heighway

15. Sammy Lee

16. Brian Kettle

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Emlyn Hughes - last goal and match in Europe

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David Fairclough - winner not enough

Anderlecht shirt swapped with Phil Neal.

Terry McDermott' medal.

Phil Neal's medal.
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Official Programme. 28 pages.
Unused Complimentary Main Stand ticket.
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Main Stand ticket.
Kemlyn Road Stand ticket.
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Unused Main Stand ticket - front and reverse.
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Unused Kemlyn Road Stand ticket.
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Postponed match ticket for the Kop terrace. This ticket was found in a programme. We would be interested in further information about this ticket.
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Anderlecht : 1978 European Cup Winners Cup Winners

On the previous Saturday Liverpool lost 1:0 to Bristol City at Ashton Gate. Joe Royle scored the only goal of the match in the second half.

Previous Five Matches:

Reds lose with style
by Ian Hargraves © The Liverpool Echo

Liverpool won their Super cup-tie at Anfield last night, but surrendered the trophy they won from Hamburg last season because of those three goals Anderlecht scored in Brussels a fortnight ago. In spite of the weird conditions, which make accurate description of the play almost impossible, it was a surprisingly good game, although I suspect Liverpool's main thought at the end was one of relief at having come through without suffering a serious injury.

Hero of the evening was undoubtedly skipper Emlyn Hughes, making his first senior appearance at Anfield for almost two months. He got off to a fairy-tale start with a goal in the 13th minute after the keeper had parried a shot from Case, and played throughout with a calm control and certainty that was most impressive. An injury to Clemence, who has hurt an ankle and must be rated doubtful for Saturday, gave a rare chance to Ogrizovic, or Big Oggie as he is generally known, and he too had a fine match that will have reassured fans as to what would happen should Clemence ever miss a vital match. He made two excellent first half saves from unidentifiable opponents and in the second half made a truly brilliant double-barrelled effort from Van der Elst and Rensenbrink when a goal looked certain.

Liverpool's third new-comer David Fairclough got off to a bright start - or so it appeared - but then faded out. He did, however, pop up five minutes from time to pop in his usual goal after Dalglish had headed a Thompson lob down to him, and deserves a further chance, preferably in more normal conditions. McDermott was probably Liverpool's most effective raider on the night, though he too was often caught off-side, and there was nothing better than his sure footed running - unless it was the smooth speed of Van der Elst, who moved over the slippery surface with all the confidence and grace of a champion skater.

Hughes opening goal, greeted wittily by the distant Kop with a chant of "Oggie, Oggie, tell us who scored", gave Liverpool an excellent chance of over-coming their 3-1 deficit, but they could not get the ball in the net again until late in the game. Dalglish had one well aimed shot brilliantly saved and there were plenty of other near misses, but when Van der Elst caught the defence napping in the 71st minute after a sharp one-two with Rensenbrink, Liverpool's task became virtually impossible. They staged their usual furious finale, during which Fairclough scored, but they never had enough time left to save the tie or do themselves justice.

Referee explains decision to let Anfield tie start
by Ian Hargraves © The Liverpool Echo

Controversy will surely rage for years over whether or not last night's European Super Cup Final at Anfield should have been played, but the one man whose opinion really mattered, referee Nicolae Rainea of Romania had no doubts. "It was a very difficult decision" he told me afterwards in halting French - my Romanian is more than a little rusty. "I had to think first would my linesmen and I be able to control the play properly, and second, would the spectators be able to see? Both matters were important to me. When I went out before the kick-off I decided I could see well enough, and so I decided to play. I am afraid many spectators would not get a very clear view, but there was no time I had any thoughts of abandoning the game. I thought it was a good game in the circumstances and the players did very well. I was also impressed by the spectators."

Another neutral who was most impressed with the standard of play and even more by the behaviour of the 23,598 spectators, was Colonel Erkki Poroila of Finland, who is not only Secretary General of that country's Football Association, but a member of UEFA's club competitions committee and their official observer at the match. After he had presented the medals to the winners and losers, he made a point of finding me to thank Liverpool supporters for 'a wonderful evening's entertainment' and to congratulate both them and the band of supporters from Anderlecht for "showing their true love of this great game" and 'their true sportsmanship'. "I have been to several matches in Britain before but never Anfield" he told me "The spectators here tonight were the best I have seen. One hears so much about hooliganism and violence these days, it was a pleasure and a privilege to be present in this situation. I think Liverpool fans must be in love with their team and the game to turn out like this and support their team so well".

Manager Bob Paisley's thoughts on the match were, understandably, a good less euphoric. "You can't play football in conditions like that, it's ridiculous" he said "I am not complaining about the result but it was never a real match. I couldn't make any substitutions if I wanted to, because I couldn't see who was doing what. Someone asked me what I thought of a save by Ray Clemence - and he wasn't even playing! I think a match like this, between two leading teams, should be played in better weather, say in April. I know it's difficult but it is farcical when good players like these slither about in fog and can't see each other".

Emlyn Hughes, scorer of Liverpool's first goal, summed it all up perfectly when he remarked "I don't know where the ball came from. It just appeared in front of me, so I hit it. Please about scoring? I was delighted just to play again, let alone score".

Robbie Rensenbrink, the Anderlecht captain, was a creative left winger / striker who was a member of the gifted Dutch team that reached the World Cup Final in 1974 and 1978. In total, he played 46 matches and scored 14 goals for the Netherlands. He started his club career with DWS before moving to Club Brugge but he is best remembered for the nine years he spent at Anderlecht where he enjoyed considerable success. Between 1971 and 1980, he won the Belgian league twice with Anderlecht, the cup four times (to add to the one success with Brugge), the European Cup Winners Cup twice and the European Super Cup twice. He is the all time record scorer in the European Cup Winners Cup with 25 goals. He was runner up to Franz Beckenbauer for the 1976 European Footballer of the Year. After short spells in America and France, he retired in 1982 with a career record of 540 matches and 248 goals. In 2008, he was named Anderlecht's greatest ever player.

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Trophy - 41 cm in height - presented to Liverpool director Cecil Hill. We believe these trophies were presented to the players as well as the directors.


A week later, on Tuesday the 26th of December, Liverpool won 3:0 against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Goals from Ray Kennedy and Jimmy Case gave Liverpool a half time lead. David Fairclough added a third goal in the second half. The result left Liverpool in 1st place in the First Division on 33 points after 21 matches; 1 point ahead of second placed Everton.

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