Round: One, 2nd Leg 1979-80 EUROPEAN CUP Stadium: Boris Paichadze National Stadium
Date: Wednesday, 3rd October 1979
Attendance: 90,000
Time: 19:00 Referee: Heinz Aldinger
Coach: Nodar Akhalkatsi Coach: Bob Paisley


1. Otar Gabeliya

1. Ray Clemence

2. Gocha Machaidze

2. Phil Neal

3. Aleksandr Chivadze 80 3:0
3. Colin Irwin

4. Shota Hinchagashvik
4. Phil Thompson (C)

5. Georgi Chilaia

5. Ray Kennedy

6. Vitali Daraseliya

6. Alan Hansen

7. Manuchar Machaidze (C)
7. Kenny Dalglish

8. Vakhtang Koridze

8. Jimmy Case 77

9. Vladimir Gutsaev 54 1:0
9. David Johnson

10. David Kipiani

10. Terry McDermott

11. Ramaz Shengeliya 74 2:0
11. Graeme Souness

13. Steve Ogrizovic

12. David Fairclough Case 77

14. Avi Cohen

15. Frank McGarvey

16. Steve Heighway

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Ray Clemence - number of fine saves

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Alan Hansen -could not contain Tbilisi forwards


Boris Paichadze National Stadium, Tbilisi, Georgia Distance from Anfield Stadium: 3729 km - 2317 miles

Official Programme. 20 pages.

There are two versions of the official programme. They differ in two ways:
A) the first has a gloss cover, the second non-gloss.
B) the first has the clubs' pennants on page seven, the second has a photograph from the 1st leg match at Anfield.
We have never heard that this programme was reprinted so we assume that they are just different editions.

Click on the arrow to see the different versions of page 7.

In 2001, after Liverpool played Dynamo Kyiv, a number of issues - similar to some of the unofficial issues produced for the Kyiv match - appeared for other matches that Liverpool had played in the Soviet Union over the years.

Click on the arrow to view the cover of the issue for this match.

Match ticket.

Front and reverse of match ticket.
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Match poster. 84cm x 59cm.
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On the previous Saturday Liverpool lost 1:0 to Nottingham Forest at the City Ground. Gary Birtles scored the only goal of the match in the first half.

Previous Five Matches:

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Terry McDermott takes a photograph of Kenny Dalglish during a break in training

Why we must play it the Russian way - by Liverpool's master spy

by Colin Wood © The Daily Mail

Tom Saunders, master spy of Liverpool, saw much more than a serious threat to the European Cup hopes of the English champions in this capital of the Soviet Republic of Georgia. He saw something that warmed his heart - and then, when he related it to things that happen at the same level in England, made his blood boil. For Saunders' role as assessor of opposition in Europe only provides a small part of his work at Anfield. He is the club's youth development officer, and as that title implies, most of his life is taken up watching schoolboys, trying to sign them, and then seeing those that he does sign through their early years in the professional game. As a former head teacher at a large comprehensive school and for a long time manager of the England schoolboys' team - as well as manager of the England Youth team for one season - Saunders knows much more than most about what happens in this country from the lowest schools level upwards. And, like the FA Secretary Ted Croker speaking on television at the weekend, he is scathing about the way we treat our kids. Croker said "We do not do enough for young kids in this country. We have got a lot to learn".

Saunders has seen here - and now believes - that we must learn from the way the youngest footballers are treated in Georgia. "I went to see Dinamo play in a league game and became very interested in another match staged in the stadium between two teams of kids who were only eight and nine years of age. In England, a kid has to be 14 before he can sign as an associated schoolboy and then be allowed to train and receive coaching at a professional club. He has to be in his fifth year at a secondary school before he can play for a team at a professional club - and then only with the permission of his Headmaster. By the time we get them, a lot of the kids have bad habits and it is too late to change. If a kid is born with a special ability - music or something like that you get the best teacher you can. Why can't we do the same for a talented young footballer? I will accept there are bad professionals, but you have to pick out the good ones. You could still take care of their general education, but you could concentrate more of their special abilities. These people have schools of excellence. We should be doing much more with our gifted kids by putting them in the right environment with the good professionals from an early age".

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Ray Kennedy during training prior to the match

Liverpool's vast experience should see them through

by Donald Saunders © The Daily Telegraph

Liverpool will undertake at the Dinamo Stadium in Tbilisi tonight the most difficult European task they have faced since lining up against FC Bruges in the second leg of the UEFA Cup Final in May 1976. On that last occasion, Liverpool went to Belgium leading 3-2 and battled their way to a 1-1 drew that earned them what was to be the first of three consecutive European triumphs. Tonight, they will go into action against Dinamo in the European Cup with a 2-1 advantage, knowing that they cannot afford the slightest slip against a side who, at Anfield a fortnight ago, hinted that they can be a devastating attacking force. The job would be testing enough even if Dinamo were not supported by a capacity crowd of 100,000 fervent Georgians. So, Liverpool's first task is to silence the fans. "We shall try and keep everything nice and quiet" explained their manager, Bob Paisley, after his squad had finished their second training stint of the day in the trying humidity of this charming, old-fashioned sort of city. "If you keep the match quiet, then you keep the crowd quiet. So we shall try and put a wet blanket on the whole affair". Mr. Paisley, however, does not intend his team to be so negative that they do not search for goals. "I should hate to be sweating on our present lead, then see Dinamo score a late goal and go through" he emphasised. Liverpool's manager is confident his men are equal to the task. he also doubts if Dinamo are really as good as they seemed in the first match. "Perhaps we made them look better than they are" he suggested.

"We were not really playing that night. I am quite sure they will find it much harder this time. Certainly, they will not have as much room in midfield now we have Ray Kennedy fit again". Mr. Paisley obviously hopes his midfield quartet will take control of the game tonight instead of allowing Machaidze and Kipiani dictate the course of the battle. Midfield obviously is where this tie will be decided. If Machaidze and Kipiani are allowed to create openings as freely as they did the last time, Shengeliya and Gutsaev surely will carry Dinamo into the next round - with only a slight improvement in markmanship. Ray Kennedy will restore balance to Liverpool's middle line, but their defence will still face problems, especially as Colin Irwin, who replaces the injured Alan Kennedy, has played only a few minutes at leftback in senior football. Much will depend on how Liverpool fare in the crucial opening stages. If they can close down the game sufficiently to discourage even Machaidze, the Russians may fade quietly out of the game, as many of Liverpool's opponents have done over the years. But to make sure of avoiding the indignity of first round exits in consecutive seasons, the League Champions must be at their best, which means Kenny Dalglish and the fit-again David Johnson must make the most of their opportunities. It will be a long tense 90 minutes, or possibly more, but I have a feeling Liverpool's vast experience, firm belief in themselves, and all-round efficiency will see them through.

Tbilisi's safety thirst!

by Jeff Powell © The Daily Mail

Bob Paisley yesterday lifted a corner of the cloak and dagger machinations of East-West football. Liverpool's manager revealed that Dinamo Tbilisi had deserted the visitors' dressing room at Anfield two weeks ago, demanding instead to drink water from the same taps as the English Champions. Liverpool's own spy, Youth Development officer Tom Saunders, had also been deceived about the personnel and the normal tactics of Tbilisi when he travelled to study the Russian Champions before that first leg. Mr. Paisley spoke as Liverpool began their interminable journey to Georgia through the labyrinth of Russian suspicion. He identified the day-long struggle across 3,000 miles, via Moscow, through the jungle of border formalities into an iron curtain of misunderstanding as the biggest threat to Liverpool's continued presence in the European Cup. He said "The length and complication of the trip is one of the most underestimated parts of football. It is a factor no one seems to take into account. Yet if you ask any travelling layman he would tell you how much a long journey can weary you. I wish Brian Clough could have had this one instead of us. It would certainly have put paid to four days' squash for him if Forest has been making this trip. Going to Sweden or Germany is not much worse than going to Manchester these days but I would not have picked a journey to southern Russia if I had the choice".

Liverpool's awful luck in the draw threatens them with elimination in the first round of the European Cup for the second year running. Last season Nottingham Forest knocked them out and now in Dinamo Tbilisi they have the most mysterious as well as dangerous unseeded opponents in the early stages. Tbilisi surprised everyone with the skill and application which restricted Liverpool to a 2-1 first leg lead and Paisley says "This is a difficult period of the season if you get drawn against a decent side in the European Cup. There is no doubt Tbilisi did their homework on us but we were not able to do ours on them. The incident over which water tap they would drink from in our dressing rooms shows how suspicious they are, and when Tom Saunders first went to watch them, he could not get the right names of the players. They even left out some key men and changed their tactics when he was watching, even though one of the matches was a Cup Final. On top of that, we got so much praise for our performance in the Charity Shield at Wembley at the start of the season, it may have taken the edge off one or two of our players for a while". Nevertheless, for all the delays and tribulations of yesterday's journey, Paisley is strengthened in his conviction that Liverpool can survive in Russia by the return from injury and illness of England internationals Ray Clemence and David Johnson as well as Scottish defender Alan Hansen.

Liverpool fail again

by David Lacey © The Guardian

For the second successive season Liverpool have failed to survive the first round of the European Cup, failing this time not to the precocious ambition of Nottingham Forest but to football of advanced skill and a high degree of organization provided by Dinamo Tbilisi, the Soviet champions. Yesterday's second leg, played in pouring rain in the Georgian capital, emphasised all the lessons that Dinamo had started to provide at Anfield two weeks before and Liverpool lost 3-0, 4-2 on aggregate. For much of the first half, Liverpool succeeded in reducing the pace and purpose of the game to the point at which they seemed to have lulled the opposition into a state of torpor. During a brief attacking spell by Tbilisi, Clemence was equal to every shot and there was even a chance Liverpool might steal a goal to increase their lead. However, the second half brought the English champions almost as rude an awakening as yesterday's 4:00 AM call by some 200 Georgians, who spent half an hour parading around the team's hotel in a torch lit procession.

Kipiani, always likely to play a decisive role in the tie after his performance at Anfield, inspired Dinamo's first goal 10 minutes after half time, two more, one a penalty, followed in the 75th and 78th minutes, and after that there was little left for Liverpool but to rue their misfortune at having been given two such draws two seasons running. The English champions, with Dalglish in a flat patch of form, are still well below their level of last season and, although Thompson and Irwin did much to support Clemence, the defence, in the end, found itself inundated by fluent Georgian movements. Liverpool set out to survive as planned. They are too experienced in these matters simply to fall back on leaden defence; instead they concentrated on reducing the play to a series of innocuous sessions of softball in midfield. Souness, McDermott, Kennedy, and Case strolled around nonchalantly flicking passes to each other and managed to give the impression that they had no intention of insulting their hosts by extending their lead. Nevertheless, Case had a shot pushed away by Gabeliya as early as the second minute and the first half ended with a free kick from Kennedy on the left evading two Dinamo defenders on the right to give Neal a lot of space near the byline, which he tended to waste with a hasty shot-cum-centre.

By then, had it not been for the agility and keen anticipation of Clemence, Tbilisi might have been two goals ahead, one on aggregate. In the space of 10 minutes, midway through the first half, Clemence tipped over an in swinging cross from Chilaia, saved feet first from Gutsaev after Kipiani had eased a marvellous ball past Hansen, and then flung himself hard right to push wide a free kick from Machaidze that came rocketing past Liverpool's defensive wall. When the second half began it seemed for a few minutes that Dinamo had been nonplussed both by Clemence's excellence and their own failure to make more of their growing territorial advantage. Certainly, there seemed little immediate threat to Liverpool as Daraselia fed the ball to Kipiani near the right-hand touchline. Hansen moved across to cover and was suddenly left floundering by a double-shuffle and change of pace as Kipiani slipped past the challenge and found himself completely in the clear. He sent a hard centre low into the goalmouth and Clemence, with two Dinamo forwards coming in behind him, could only push the ball straight onto the feet of Gutsaev who scored amid much Georgian glee.

There was still plenty of time for Liverpool to score the goal they needed to go through but, in reality, the game was lost from that moment. True, Kennedy might have made more of a header from McDermott's centre and McDermott, himself, was a little unlucky to see a likely shot deflected wide. In the 75th minute, however, a superb piece of football from Chilaia emphasised both the contrasts of the game and Dinamo's growing dominance of it. The big defender collected the ball in his own half and embarked on a 60-yard run of swerves and gear-changes that would not have disgraced a Welsh half-back. One, two, three Liverpool legs flailed helplessly at him as he strode towards the penalty area and sent in Shengeliya, who casually flicked Dinamo's second goal past Clemence.

Their third goal added insult to what was already mortal injury as far as Liverpool's hopes were concerned. Gutsaev turned sharply as Thompson went to tackle him, fell over the defender's foot, and gained his penalty. Chivadze sending Clemence the wrong way with the kick.

Russians send Reds skidding

by Nick Hilton © The Liverpool Echo

Liverpool went skidding out of the European Cup in a Georgian downpour last night. A storm of three second half goals left the English Champions shattered. The soaked and sodden players left the pitch in dejection as the huge crowd in the Lenin Stadium lit thousands of torches and chanted "Dinamo, Dinamo". It was a staggering night. Liverpool's collapse to this gifted and superbly organised Tbilisi side left most seasoned observers bewildered. This was the Liverpool that had conquered Europe four times in sixteen seasons. For the second year in succession, they are out of Europe at the first hurdle. And the problems manager Bob Paisley has faced from the start of the season came to a head.

They were exposed by the skill and speed of David Kipiani and Manuchar Machaidze, who had shone in the first leg. And here, in front of 100,000 impassioned Georgians, Shengeliya and Gutsaev, two lightweight strikers, tore great holes in the red wall. Liverpool looked completely out of touch in the second half after an opening 45 minutes when everything had gone to plan. The defence looked to have lost concentration when Shengeliya scored the second goal, after Gutsaev had run past a succession of slow moving red shirts. And in midfield, they failed to compete with the incessant movement and attack of the Georgians. The wet blanket Paisley planned to drop on the opening 20 minutes was duly spread. The huge, boisterous crowd soaked by the rain were given little to cheer in that opening period.

Indeed, Liverpool looked more dangerous early on when Jimmy Case and Colin Irwin got shots in on goal. Ray Clemence was finally brought into serious action in the 25th minute, when he tipped Chilaia's cross over at the near post. Three minutes later, Kipiani exploded on to the scene for the first time with a thrilling run past two defenders. His pass put Gutsaev in with a good chance, but Clemence made a fine save. The pressure told on Liverpool. Clemence had to dive at Shengeliya's feet and then leapt across his goal to tip away Machaidze's free kick.

It turned out to be a significant moment because, ten minutes after the break, Tbilisi scored with a similar movement. Inevitably, that man Kipiani set it up. He moved neatly passed Irwin on the right, to swing the ball to the far post where Gutsaev got the touch to score. Tbilisi predictably slowed down then but struck with devastating speed to score the second goal in the 75th minute. Gutsaev made 40 yards down the left, going past two indifferent challenges, before slipping the ball inside to Shengeliya to fire past Clemence. Liverpool brought on David Fairclough for Jimmy Case a few minutes from the end but it merely preceded another disaster. Gutsaev was brought down by Phil Thompson just inside the penalty area and full back Aleksandr Chivadze sent Clemence the wrong way.

Liverpool promise: 'We will fight back'

by Donald Saunders © The Daily Telegraph

Liverpool's early dismissal from the European Cup, on one of the most disastrous nights in the club's history, means a long hard winter for all concerned at Anfield as they try to re-establish their reputation. When Liverpool were eliminated at the same stage by Nottingham Forest a year ago, they could claim it was just one of those things that happens to the best of clubs on an off-night. This time Dinamo Tbilisi, the best Russian team I have seen since Dynamo Moscow took English football by storm in 1945, exposed flaws in Liverpool's make-up that few had even suspected existed. Bob Paisley, the sensible manager of Liverpool, possibly had been worried that one night the worst would happen. For some weeks, now, he has been making cautionary noises. As we made the long journey back from Georgia yesterday, he again emphasised the need for a return to the old dedication that made Liverpool one of Europe's most consistently successful sides. "We have a team that can perform well" he said "but what we have to do, as well, is win bread and butter matches. Great teams score goals. There is no point in looking good if you do not produce the goods. We can play the pretty stuff but when we get to the penalty area we are powder-puffs. On days like that we are only a moderate team".

Mr. Paisley will immediately set about the task of putting that right. He may even go into the transfer market. But, although Liverpool could produce one million pounds if they had to, they will not spend that much on one player. As Peter Robinson, their General Secretary explained, that would leave the cupboard a bit bare - especially with no income from Europe at least until next Autumn. "Europe has provided the icing on the cake over the last 15 years" said Mr. Robinson "It has financed all our development plans, including our two million pounds grandstand, and has helped provide money for players. But, despite what happened last night, we have no financial crisis. We have always budgeted carefully and we are in a very sound position".

John Smith, the Chairman said, "We have substantial cash reserves. Obviously, it is not nice to lose the income from Europe, especially when transfer fees are ridiculously high and, consequently, wages are rising as well. But we are resilient - we do not panic. We have a very settled side off the pitch as well as on it. We are very professionally organised. So we will get over this. We will just have to redouble our efforts".

Peter Robinson, Liverpool's General Secretary, said the club will protest to UEFA about the 40 minute disturbance outside the team's hotel but they are not trying to use it as an excuse for the team's performance on the field. The torch-lit procession around the hotel at 4:00 AM yesterday morning during a student demonstration had roused the Liverpool players and officials from their beds.

Bob Paisley said "We have no excuses. They deserved to win. We had the same chances in the first half as they had later on but we did not take them".

David Kipiani, Dinamo Tbilisi's outstanding player over the two matches, is regarded as one of Georgia's greatest ever players. He was the team's playmaker, known for his passing ability. He played 314 matches for Tbilisi and scored 106 goals, helping his team win the Soviet League in 1978, the Soviet Cup twice, and the European Cup Winners Cup in 1981. He played 19 times for the USSR scoring 7 goals. After retirement from playing, he was a very successful coach winning the Georgian League 6 times with Dinamo Tbilisi and twice with FC Torpedo Kutaisi. He was appointed national team manager in 2000 but, tragically, died from injuries sustained in a car crash in 2001 aged just 49 years of age.

(June 29, 2014) Kevin Nealon said:

Dinamo Tbilisi were eliminated in the second round by Hamburg SV. The 1980 European Cup Final was won by Nottingham Forest 1:0 against Hamburg SV in Madrid.

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Liverpool lost the FA Cup semi-final to Arsenal after three replays.
Photos from Football Weekly News magazine.

Article from Football Monthly magazine.

The following Saturday Liverpool won 4:0 against Bristol City at Anfield. David Johnson, Kenny Dalglish, and Ray Kennedy all scored in the first half. Terry McDermott finished the scoring late in the second half. The result left Liverpool in 8th position in the First Division on 9 points after 8 matches, 5 points behind leaders Manchester United. At the season end, Liverpool were First Division League Champions with 60 points; 2 points ahead of Manchester United. Liverpool's form improved dramatically after being eliminated from Europe; winning 15 and drawing the other 4 of their next 19 matches. Liverpool reached the FA Cup semi-finals losing a third replay 1:0 to Arsenal at Highfield Road, after a 0:0 draw at Hillsborough, followed by two 1:1 draws at Villa Park. They also reached the League Cup semi-finals, losing 2:1 on aggregate to Nottingham Forest. In August, Liverpool had won the Charity Shield 3.1 against Arsenal.


APPEARANCES / GOALS: 2 Matches / 2 Goals (1 goal per match) s = Substitute appearance

Players Used: 14

Ever-present: 10 - Case, Clemence, Dalglish, Fairclough, Irwin, Johnson, McDermott, Neal, Souness, Thompson

Players Scored: 2

Leading Scorer: Case, Johnson - 1 goal



Average Home Attendance: 35,270


Tbilisi 3729


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