Round: Final 1981 EUROPEAN CUP FINAL Stadium: Parc des Princes
Date: Wednesday, 27th May 1981
Attendance: 48,360
Time: 20:15 Referee: Karoly Palotai
Coach: Bob Paisley Coach: Vujadin Boskov

1. Ray Clemence

1. Augustin Rodriguez
2. Phil Neal

2. Rafael Garcia Cortes 85
3. Alan Kennedy 82 1:0

3. Jose Antonio Camacho
4. Phil Thompson (C)

4. Ulrich Stelike
5. Ray Kennedy

5. Andres Sabido

6. Alan Hansen

6. Vicente Del Bosque
7. Kenny Dalglish 86

7. Juan Gomez Juanito
8. Sammy Lee

8. Angel De Los Santos
9. David Johnson

9. Carlos Alonso Santillana (C)
10. Terry McDermott

10. Antonio Garcia Navajas
11. Graeme Souness

11. Laurie Cunningham

13. Steve Ogrizovic

16. Francisco Pineda Garcia Cortes 85

12. Jimmy Case Dalglish 86

14. Colin Irwin

15. Richard Money

16. Howard Gayle

© Topps Football Card
Phil Thompson - Liverpool captain

© Topps Football Card
Alan Kennedy - match winner
Parc des Princes, Paris, France Distance from Anfield Stadium: 626 km - 389 miles

Ray Clemence's match worn shirt.

Kenny Dalglish's medal.
Images from The Official Treasures of Liverpool FC by David Walmsley and Stephen Done

Terry McDermott's medal.

Silver ashtray set presented to Terry McDermott.
Images courtesy of

Kenny Dalglish's match worn shirt.
Image courtesy of Colin Wright

Official un-numbered spare shirt produced for the Final.
Image courtesy of

Real Madrid issued medal in silver plate commemorating the 1981 European Cup final v Liverpool in Paris, inscribed XXVI EDICION DE LA COPA DE EUROPA DE CLUBS CAMPEONES, ESTADIO PARQUE DE LOS PRINCIPES, PARIS, 27 DE MAYO 1981, R. MADRID, LIVERPOOL.
Image courtesy of

The official programme. 48 pages.

The programme has been reproduced. It is very difficult to identify the reproduction without having the original programme to compare it against. The original is thinner than the reprint - which is printed on stiffer paper. Some player photos in the reprint are lacking the originals quality. On the original's cover, the ball is darker green and the sky is darker blue.

The official teamsheet.

VIP issue in maroon and gilt-lettered folder, inscribed F.F.F., Finale De La Coupe Des Clubs, Champions Europeens, 27 Mai 1981, the folder also has a French Football Federation enamelled badge.
Image courtesy of

Real Madrid issue. 52 pages.

France Football issue. 4 pages.
Available for free outside the stadium.

France Football magazine dated 26th May 1981.
Image courtesy of Robbert Goijaarts

Unused match ticket for the Presidential stand with seat number.

VIP ticket for Division D with seat number.
Image courtesy of John Lambert

Match Poster. 42cm x 67cm. We do not know if this is the official match poster.
Image from

Used match ticket for the Auteuil stand. Auteuil is a district in West Paris. This is a terrace ticket with no seat number.

Used match ticket for the Paris stand with seat number.
Image courtesy of football-collectables

Used match ticket for the Boulogne stand. This is a terrace ticket with no seat number.
Image courtesy of

Service ticket with access to all areas. The ticket does not include a seat to watch the match.
Image courtesy of John Lambert

Front and reverse of Paris Stand ticket.
Image courtesy of thomro-rm1qy

Joe Fagan's travel bag for the flight to Paris. The bag has 'European Cup Final Paris 1981' embossed to one side with the Aer Lingus logo on both sides.
Image courtesy of the*signature*emporium

The in-flight menu for the club officials and team.

Melwood Development Association Special Draw.
Image courtesy of John Lambert

Match day itinerary for supporters travelling with ellison's travel service.
Image courtesy of Adrian Killen

Liverpool FC letter regarding ticket application.
Image courtesy of John Lambert

Itinerary and metro tickets of a supporter who travelled to Paris by coach.

Liverpool to Paris return rail ticket of a Liverpool supporter who attended the match.

Paris Metro Ticket of a Liverpool supporter who attended the match.
Images courtesy of John Lambert

British Rail notes and tickets.
Image courtesy of lostock

Travel documents of a Liverpool supporter who attended the match.
Image courtesy of thomro-rm1qy

Liverpool Echo souvenir dated May 23rd 1981.

The Spanish newspaper dicen, dated the day of the match, previews the Final.
Image courtesy of oldfootball1911

The official Real Madrid magazine, dated May 1981, previews the Final.

The magazine France Foot2 previews the Final.
Images courtesy of Mark Freeman

The magazine Les Domingos de ABC, dated the 24th of May 1981, previews the Final.

The magazine TP, dated the 25th to the 31st of May 1981, previews the Final.
Images courtesy of fumamigo

36 page Spanish newspaper AS Football Revista Edition, dated the day of the match, previews the Final.
Image courtesy of Robert Greewood

Real Madrid : 1979-80 Spain League Champions

Ticket distribution outrage

by Charles Lambert © The Liverpool Echo

Liverpool's run up to the European Cup Final has been soured by the outcry from disappointed supporters who cannot buy tickets for the big match in Paris. Understandably, fans whose thoughts switched to Paris the moment Ray Kennedy's shot hit the back of the Bayern Munich net have been upset to find the odds stacked against them when it comes to finding a ticket for the Final. Having been deluged with applications for tickets in the days that followed the euphoric return from Munich, Liverpool have since been opening one complaint after another from supporters who will be watching the Reds on television at home. What has aggrieved the fans more than anything has been the limited degree of priority afforded to Liverpool season ticket holders. Accustomed to having first claim on cup tickets, the season ticket holders have not been given their usual priority this time although the club has made available several thousand tickets to season ticket holders who satisfied them of their travel plans. "May | express my disgust at the manner in which the tickets for the European Cup Final have been allocated?" writes one supporter who contacted the Echo, Mr. D. Tootell of Ellesmere Port, "It looks quite clear that Liverpool have handed over all responsibility to the tour companies who, after all, are only in it for profit". A Rainhill man, Mr. F. Evans, complains about the tickets for the special trains to Paris being sold during the daytime "whoever made that decision must be under the impression that all Liverpool supporters are unemployed" while two more fans, Mr. K. Clayton and Mr. G. Jones, claim to be giving up their season tickets in protest.

The comments continue in similar vein and Liverpool General Secretary Peter Robinson says the club, itself, has received "very strong criticism" from supporters over the issue. The root of the problem, of course, is the decision by UEFA and the French authorities that Liverpool should be allowed only 12,000 tickets for the game. It is a farcical situation that two of Europe's best supported clubs should be asked to play the biggest game of the year in a stadium which, by international standards, is of Second Division standard in terms of capacity. Given the Reds only have 12,000 tickets, it was always clear that many people were going to be left empty handed. "It has been an enormous problem" said Mr. Robinson "particularly when you remember we took 26,000 supporters to Rome, which is twice the distance. Yet, despite all the criticism, we have adopted the same procedure that we used with regard to our three previous European finals - the game in Rome and the UEFA Cup Finals in Monchengladbach and Bruges. When we met French authorities and also in conversations with UEFA, it has been repeated to us that our supporters should, as far as possible, travel in organised groups. I can only say that we have had no trouble at any of the three previous grounds using the same system that we are using this time".

The lack of coach travel has angered many supporters - in the main those that do not fancy the lengthy train journey at 50 pounds each but cannot afford the cost of the inclusive air packages which range for 112 pounds for a day return to 170 pounds for the up-market clientele. There is a lot of middle ground for which nothing is laid on but, while Liverpool recognize the fact, they stress that crowd control factors rule out coach travel. "There is a history of problems with coach travel" said Mr. Robinson "mainly because they take large amounts of alcohol with them". Jim Kennefick, Anfield supporters' liaison chief, added "Bulk movement cuts out the possibility of trouble in intervening areas, such as cross channel ferries. By flying people to Paris direct, we are cutting down on the problem areas. We can take around 350 people on an aircraft whereas we would need 10 or 11 coaches to move the corresponding numbers". I put it to Mr. Kennefick that the season ticket holders were unhappy about the arrangements and he replied "The evidence from the correspondence we have had is that virtually all the season ticket holders have had an opportunity to buy a ticket. The problem is a lot of them do not want to be dictated to on how they travel". The 30 supporters who were arrested in Munich served only to underline the risks that could stem from crowd trouble in Paris. Problems over tickets do not end there. Some travel agents are running trips to Paris independently of the football club with no match tickets supplied. Their customers will be homing in on the nearest tout as soon as they reach the French capital.

Other agents have been taking bookings for trips with tickets guaranteed, only to discover they could not supply the tickets after all. Surprisingly, leading travel agents Thomas Cook have found themselves in this position and the manager of their Lord Street, Liverpool branch, Mr. G. W. Robinson commented "I am very upset about it because we realize what a tremendous disappointment it is to our potential customers. This has cost us a lot, not only in terms of time and worry, but also public goodwill". A spokesman for Cook's head office said that 250 tickets which had been expected from the French Federation has not been forthcoming "I do not know why" he said. Meanwhile, tickets are filtering unofficially into this country despite the efforts of Liverpool and the French authorities to keep them out. One London agent says he has already sold 42 tickets for the Final and was travelling to Paris today in a bid to get more and Liverpool have reports of tickets originating in Madrid being sold to English supporters. Other agents elsewhere in this country were offering tours with tickets guaranteed. Life would have been made much easier for everyone if the game had been arranged for a bigger stadium or if the French Football Federation had agreed to give Liverpool an increased allocation.

Ronnie Moran checks out the pitch before the match

Final Headache!

by lan Hargraves © The Liverpool Echo

Liverpool hope to notify the lucky minority of supporters who have drawn tickets for the European Cup Final within the next few days. The club has been overwhelmed by the volume of applications for comparatively few tickets and have carried out their own "ballot" as the fairest way of coping with the problem. "It has been a tremendous headache" said general secretary Peter Robinson "we have been criticised for supplying travel agents directly but we did that simply to try and avoid the dangers that can arrive when large numbers of fans travel under their own steam. As it is, we have asked supporters to tell us how they propose to travel and many have made arrangements which, quite frankly, we do not think are very satisfactory. I do not think many people realise just how potentially dangerous the situation is. If there is trouble in Paris we could be banned from European competition".

"Leeds have told us of the trouble they had in Paris some years ago, much of which was caused by supporters travelling down to Wembley for the England - Scotland international and then going on to Paris to make a week of it. There could be a similar situation this time because the international is the weekend immediately before the final". Mr. Robinson also points to the demand from Madrid "They have a huge following and I understand Paris is full of Spanish waiters buying up every spare ticket. The only saving grace is the match will be televised live". Liverpool's injured players are all back in training, with the exception of Kenny Dalglish who is still receiving treatment for his ankle, writes Ann Cummings. Dalglish has had the plaster removed from the ankle and is receiving further treatment. Skipper Phil Thompson is back in training although he is still receiving treatment on his knee and also combining treatment and training are David Fairclough (knee) and David Johnson (hamstring).

Johnson's chance in the Final reckoning

by Charles Lambert © The Liverpool Echo

David Johnson bounces back into the Liverpool side tonight with the aim of making sure of his place in the European Cup Final after two previous disappointments. Johnson missed out on both of Liverpool's two Champions Cup wins - in Rome when he was on the substitutes bench and, at Wembley, when he was on crutches. So tonight, recovered from a hamstring injury, he goes out to face Manchester City at Anfield (kick off 7:30 PM) determined that nothing will prevent him from lining out against Real Madrid in Paris a week tomorrow. "Everyone is hungry to play in the final next week but, of course, it means a lot more to me because I did not play in the other two" he said "It is great to play in any final but there is something special about the European Cup". Johnson, who defied his hamstring injury long enough to lay on the vital goal for Ray Kennedy against Bayern Munich in the semi final, has his first competitive match tonight since that match. "I always felt the injury would clear up in time for the final - but, when you are out of the team, there is a chance that the person who takes your place will do well and will stay in" he said "Tonight, I have got to satisfy myself, as well as the training staff, as to my fitness. I will be aiming to do as well as I can and then I will just keep my fingers crossed there is no reoccurrence of the injury". Also back tonight in a match that marks the end of Liverpool's First Division campaign is skipper Phil Thompson and defender Alan Kennedy who, like Johnson, have a chance to stamp their passport for Paris.

Alan Kennedy, back after breaking his wrist, takes over at left back from the disappointed Richard Money and said "At one stage I was told it would take 12 weeks to recover so I thought I had no chance of getting back before the final. Now I feel great". Kennedy broke his wrist in the home leg against Bayern Munich on April 8 and will play tonight with a plaster cast protecting the injury. The side shows four changes from that which won 2-1 at Middlesbrough last time out. With Money making way for Kennedy, Colin Irwin and lan Rush also drop out while Sammy Lee is resting a groin strain. Mr. Paisley resolved his final selection doubt this morning by naming Howard Gayle to play up front. A win for the Reds will leave them with a final placing of fifth and Mr. Paisley said "We want to finish as high as possible. The players will have to concentrate tonight. I do not want any lax play that could lead to injuries". With FA Cup finalists City expecting to bring a large following, the Anfield Road South and Anfield Road visitors' pen will all be reserved for visiting supporters. Anfield Road South season ticket holders are again asked to use the North section entering gates 57 and 58.

Original articles courtesy of

Graeme Souness relaxes inside the stadium prior to the match

"C'est si bon! Yes, it looks good for Liverpool"
says Graeme Souness

by Vince Wilson © The Daily Mirror

Our manager, Bob Paisley, produced vintage Liverpool psychology before our last league fixture with Manchester City. 'About this other team we have to play...' he said as we gathered for the Anfield team talk. He did not offer our European Cup Final opponents the pleasure of a mention! The pride of Spain, the legendary, aristocratic Real Madrid have not yet been discussed. That is our style. That is the way we are educated. The boss then outlined a simple tactic he wanted us to employ against City ... in readiness for the Spaniards. We did and it must remain a secret at this stage. I will tell you something else the players firmly believe in, too. If we should lift the European Cup in Paris on Wednesday, we will still feel we have not won enough this season. And I have not forgotten the League Cup is already on our sideboard. Most clubs, I know, would be flying to the sunny Caribbean if they'd knocked off one big trophy, lined up a European Final and finished fifth in the First Division. Not Liverpool. We believe we should have won the league championship too. Full marks to Aston Villa and Ipswich Town but we are still THE TEAM in England when we play to our capabilities and enjoy 50 percent of the luck. We win every time.

We are angry, principally because we let ourselves down in the league. We did not perform well enough and often enough. Secondly, we disappointed the people who pay our wages, the fans. We owe them the European Cup as a major consolation prize. Injuries? Yes, we suffered plenty but all clubs have those problems. That is no excuse. So the mood, believe me, will be mean in gay Paris. Apart from a season's disappointments, we will not be in need of winding up. It is the European Cup Final and it does not matter whether the opposition is Real Madrid or Raith Rovers. I am forever being told that there will be no final like the first, the one I missed. It was in was a was warm...and Liverpool won. But I see nothing wrong in going to Paris in the spring and winning the biggest prize in the game. It cannot be far behind that first, glamorous achievement, can it? As they say in France, C'est si bon! It's so good - for Liverpool. I cannot guarantee the quality of the performance or forecast the result. I can tell you, however, that we play only one style - we go forward and we attack. There again, the whole exciting history of Real Madrid suggests that they will be travelling in the same direction. I know nothing about their players - yet. Our briefing will come later, the club has had them vetted. But there is Laurie Cunningham, of course, the former West Brom player who seems to have set them alight. I have opposed him three or four times and always as a Liverpool man. He has never caused us problems because Phil Neal plays him superbly.

He has not torn up apart like he did Manchester United on one memorable occasion before he left this country. And he is obliged to pass little Sammy Lee before he can meet Phil. I do not envy him the job. I suppose Laurie has become a natural target for his team mates since the finalist were known. 'How do we play Kenny Dalglish? And Ray Kennedy? And David Johnson? And everyone else?' I hope he has frightened them to death. He can be explosive, we all know that and Real Madrid like players of that nature. I must be fair, though. I have barely noticed him when he has played against Phil Neal. I first heard of Real Madrid in 1960 when they beat Eintracht Frankfurt 7-3 in the fabulous European Cup Final at Hampden Park. My elder brother Gordon was one of the 135,000 at the game and he could not stop talking about their stars. I have not played against them in my travels but the magic of their name caught up with me last summer. I was changing flights in Madrid and took a taxi to the stadium during the couple of hours I had to spare. It was breath-taking.

The whole of Liverpool is standing with fingers crossed and hoping that Kenny Dalglish will have recovered from his ankle injury. I cannot stop my car at traffic lights without someone rushing across and asking the inevitable question. I 'room' with Kenny and I know he will go through pain barriers to play in Paris. He is one the grittiest men in the Football League. If he is not fit in time then his injury must have been very serious. My wife Danielle's parents live in Majorca so we do receive news from the other side. Their Spanish friends have adopted Liverpool and dozens of bets - largely in bottles of whisky - have been placed. They are probably feeling the pressure more than me. I am desperate for another winners' medal. I remember what I did with the last one after we had beaten Bruges at Wembley. After the club celebrations had ended in London, I took a taxi about 4 AM, awakened my parents at a nearby hotel, and gave them my gong. It was the first one I had won with Liverpool. Our first baby is due at any time and he or she will have the next gong - that is the present I want to bring home from Paris. Finally, I want to reflect on those unhappy days when I was pushing to leave Middlesbrough. I said I wanted a club where I would win medals. I have picked up eight in my three and a half years at Anfield including two First Division championships and a European Cup. It could well be nine by Wednesday.

"The world must fear us now" says Phil Thompson

by Chris James © The Daily Mirror

Real Madrid, one of the legendary names in football, will learn here tonight why Liverpool have become one of the most feared and respected clubs in Europe, if not the world. We want to win this one for Britain and for our amazingly loyal fans. Many of them are on the dole but they have begged and borrowed their fares and turned the famous Bois de Boulogne into "Camp Kop". I used to be one of them so I know how much it means. But it will mean even more to me to win the trophy. It will make up for all the heartbreaks in the past and prove to Ron Greenwood that I am fit, ready and able to fight for England's cause in Budapest. I want to make the European Cup trophy my personal cup of joy. No player on the Parc des Princes pitch will have a greater incentive and, if pride and ambition count for anything, I shall be holding the cup aloft at about 9:00 PM. In 1977, in Rome, when Liverpool won the European Cup for the first time, I was injured and had to watch from the stands. It was agony. I had also missed out on the FA Cup Final four days earlier at Wembley. And the same thing happened this year when I was ruled out of the League Cup Final against West Ham United. I was fit to play in the replay and it was one of my proudest moments when I presented with the only domestic trophy Liverpool had never won.

Now I want the experience of leading the greatest club in the world to victory in the world's greatest competition. But I have to prove too in this game that I am now fully fit. That is the only way I will have a chance of trying to help England in their vital World Cup qualifying game in Budapest in ten days time. After playing - and I thought proving myself - in our last league game against Manchester City, I was stunned to find out that I had been left out of England's squad for Saturday's World Cup match in Switzerland. England have come in for a lot of stick lately and I want to play my part in putting things right. I want to make sure we qualify for the finals in Spain. That is why tonight I will be playing not just for Liverpool but for England too. It would do a lot to restore the nation's international soccer prestige if we brought home the European Cup. All the lads feel the same way. There is no more determined bunch of fellows than us when we put our minds to it. And when we are on song we can beat anyone.

"Watch it Liverpool!" says Brian Clough

by John Wragg © The Daily Express

Liverpool will need dark glasses in Paris. Not to keep out the sun but to protect themselves from the spitting Spaniards. Real Madrid used us to warm up for tonight's European Cup Final two weeks ago and it was not pleasant. Real Madrid are sly. They kick. And they spit. Despite Liverpool's two previous European Cups, only one of their players is a household name in Spain - Kenny Dalglish. And he is in for an awful night. I suggest that he gives Trevor Francis a ring for advice. I doubt whatever Trevor will still be thinking of going to Barcelona now. The coach at Real Madrid is Vujadin Boskov. He took them to the Spanish League and Cup double last season - but I remember him for something more sinister. When I was at Derby County, our first European trip was to Sarajevo and we were the victims of the most horrendous, horrific tackling that I have ever seen on any football field. Boskov was the Yugoslav national coach at the time and I told him what I thought of his influence on the Yugoslav club sides. I asked him in Spain if he remembered me and what I had said. He remembered, but nothing has changed.

We lost the game to Real Madrid 2-0 but I am convinced that Liverpool will win their third European Cup. And, if they do, Liverpool will deserve to be ranked alongside Real Madrid as one of the all-time great teams of European football. Five of Real Madrid's six European Cups came in the late 1950s when the tournament did not have the same quality of competition that it has now. If Liverpool take their third trophy in Paris where Real Madrid won their first cup by coming back from 2-0 down to beat Rheims in 1956 - then their modern day achievement will be the equal of Real Madrid. But do not expect a flowing game. Bob Paisley will not be concerned if Liverpool win 1-0 - and good luck to him. This business these days is only about winning. And I want Liverpool to win. I want England to win. Our national team might not be much at the minute but the Germans, Spanish and Italians all fear our club sides.

Liverpool lineup before the match

Tom spies a cracker!

by Charles Lambert © The Liverpool Echo

"A tremendous game" that is the forecast for tonight from Liverpool's experienced European spy, Tom Saunders. Mr. Saunders has watched Real Madrid three times in the build up to Paris and has been impressed by their quality. "They are a good team" he says "People say they are the not the team they used to be, but you cannot make comparisons with football from a different era. No one can predict the outcome of a cup final and I would not make either side the favourite. But there are so many good players on view in both teams that I cannot see anything but a very entertaining match. Santillana is reputed to be the best header of a ball in Europe. He jumps a phenomenal height and is very skilful. Stielike has also impressed and Sabido is a very good defender. Some of them can be quite quick tempered and we have been struck by the manner in which they have been allowed to get away with tackling from behind. I suspect in the Final, with a neutral referee, they might be in trouble with that". Mr. Saunders stresses that Liverpool are not over concerned with what the opposition are planning. "Our view is always that if we get our own game together we can be a match for anyone" he said "and, tonight, we are looking for the same attitude that saw us through against Bayern Munich".

Ray Kennedy put his finger on Liverpool's one fear "Real Madrid are unpredictable, You know what to expect from the likes of Ajax or Bayern Munich but Real can be brilliant or they can be rubbish - nothing in between". And the man whose goal against Bayern Munich clinched Liverpool's Final appearance warned "lf Madrid are rubbish tonight, we are in the right mood to give them a hammering. Without all our injuries, I think we would have won the league. Ray Clemence and Phil Neal are the only two of the team who have not seen specialists this year and having the full strength squad has given us a boost. Everyone associates Liverpool Football Club with the European Cup and that is the one we want to be in next season, as defending champions". If Liverpool win tonight it will let in Southampton - and former Anfield favourite Kevin Keegan - for a UEFA Cup slot but said Kennedy "We just want to win for Liverpool. We are not worried about doing anyone else a favour". Kennedy and his colleagues cannot wait for the kick off "We have been hanging around for two weeks and played just one game. It has been a bit boring but now things are coming to a head".


Eight days earlier, on Tuesday the 19th of May, Liverpool won 1:0 against Manchester City at Anfield in their last league match of the season. Ray Kennedy scored the only goal of the match early in the first half.

Previous Five Matches:

Captain Phil Thompson lifts the trophy

Liverpool keep it in the family

by David Lacey © The Guardian

Liverpool became the first British club to win the European Cup three times when they defeated Real Madrid 1-0 in Paris last night in a final which, while it seldom approached the high standards set in the competition's early years, produced an increasingly interesting contest of many contrasts. A late goal by Alan Kennedy kept the trophy in England for a fifth year and the end came with the Kop reminding the Parc des Princes that neither they nor their team would ever walk alone. In truth Liverpool always seemed the more likely winners and victory came after they had walked through not so much a storm as a series of squally showers of the type that Parisians had been avoiding all day. Yet if ever one man could have denied Liverpool their triumph, he had to be Juanito. The little Spaniard, one of the architects of England's humiliation at Wembley in March, challenged Liverpool's authority in midfield in the first half and in the second started to run at their defence to such good effect that he seemed quite capable of defying the logic of the game's pattern, most of which suggested a British success. Liverpool's victory owed everything to their long years of experience in Continental competition. Real, for all their fine traditions in the European Cup, looked comparatively raw; especially in defence.

From the outset Liverpool whittled away at Madrid's man-to-man marking. Pacing their game carefully, reluctant to waste possession with ambitious passes but never hesitating to use the long ball if the situation demanded it, they always kept their movements wide and always the man with the ball had good support as colleagues ran intelligently into space. Souness, once he had run off the effects of an early foul by Sabido, was as profound an influence as ever, Lee chased and harried on the right, the full-backs, Neal and Alan Kennedy, were ever ready to move forward and Hansen and Thompson stood firm during an awkward period in the second half when it seemed quite likely that Real might snatch a goal. In the first half Dalglish, held back by his shirt the first time he twisted away from Cortes but seldom held thereafter, was a constant danger in the Real penalty area and this advantage ought to have brought Liverpool an earlier goal. After half time Dalglish played a little deeper, seeking to draw defenders so that maximum use could be made of McDermott's long runs deep in the Real cover. Because Liverpool could not score when they were dominating, the game became more intriguingly balanced the longer it went on. Liverpool might have gone ahead in the opening half hour, when Agustin pushed wide a low, skidding shot from Alan Kennedy. McDermott lifted a chance over the bar, and Dalglish produced another sharp turn to confound Cortes but could not finish with sufficient strength to worry the goalkeeper.

It took Real Madrid some time to achieve similar blend and co-ordination. Nevertheless, there was danger lurking for Liverpool once Juanito started to look for opportunities to send colleague running on to passes lobbed through the Liverpool defence. One such ball found Camacho, always a strong complement to the skills of Juanito, slipping inside Hansen to clip a shot wide with Clemence off his line and out of position. Cunningham's role was often peripheral. Once or twice his skill and acceleration threatened to turn either of Liverpool's flanks but little came of even his most promising advances. Liverpool almost went ahead a few minutes before half time. Neal, attacking on the right, found Dalglish, who held the ball craftily before rolling it into the path of Souness, running late and unnoticed through the Real defence. Agustin could not hold Souness's shot and the Scot just failed to reach the rebound. In defence, where they had their least experienced players, Real Madrid often looked suspect, but once they had established a launching pad in midfield they were an altogether different proposition. Liverpool either seemed likely to win by methodical means or lose through a moment of carelessness, and when Juanito began to assert his skill on the game these moments seemed more likely to occur.

Early in the second half, for instance, Liverpool stopped for an offside decision against Cunningham that was never given and allowed Camacho a free run at Clemence. The goalkeeper came racing off his line in the usual way, was beaten by a prodigious lob and shared the general British relief at seeing the ball dip over the bar. When Juanito jinked and swerved past a succession of opponents it seemed for a moment that he was going to out-Villa Villa, but Souness calmly covered the danger and in the end the game was won for Liverpool by a combination of Kennedys. Ray Kennedy took a throw on the left which Cortes was in a position to cover. However, the ball reached Alan Kennedy, whose surge up the touchline took Real Madrid completely by surprise. Cortes made an indifferent challenge and Alan Kennedy's momentum carried him past the defender for a thunderous left-footed shot in the far corner. After that Liverpool, with Case replacing Dalglish, might have gone further ahead as Real Madrid sacrificed almost everything in defence for the sake of a goal. Agustin had to make a number of brave saves in succession.

Bob Paisley said "We have won the European Cup with better performances but there was a lot of close marking out there and it was difficult to get things going. It was a very hard game to win. It may not have been a classic but we showed tremendous character".

Kennedy is 'King' of Europe!

by Frank McGhee © The Daily Mirror

Liverpool walked away from the Parc Des Princes stadium here last night as proud occupants of their own special niche in British Soccer history - winners of the European Cup for the third time. No one can deny that they deserved their victory for their coolness under pressure, their courage against Spanish provocation and, above all, their teamwork. But it has to be stressed that this was a match without an individually outstanding player because, tense as it was, it was riddled with too many mistakes and very few moments of high drama. The one that will stand out in my own mind was the goal in the 82nd minute scored by left-back Alan Kennedy - and brought about by the knowledge and experience of namesake Ray Kennedy. He couldn't have dreamed of a better time to score his first European goal of the season. Little Sammy Lee was about to take a throw in on the left when Ray brushed him aside and insisted he could throw it further. He proved it by dropping the ball right into the bustling Alan Kennedy's path for him to hit a tremendous left foot drive that rocketed into the roof of the net - just about the only time Real keeper Augustin looked like being beaten.

Ironically the greatest early danger to Liverpool was caused by an English exile - Real Madrid's black winger Laurie Cunningham whose twisting runs created problems on both flanks. Not that there was a great deal of attacking from either side at the start. Both were content in the modern fashion to fall back in large numbers whenever the other side had the ball. Ray Clemence in the Liverpool goal had only one attempt to deal with in the first 10 minutes, when he cut out a Cunningham cross. Then Liverpool had their first real spell of ascendancy. It started with Kenny Dalglish wriggling free on the left until he was flagrantly impeded by Cortes - typical of how tough the Spanish team could be. Centre forward David Johnson, for instance, once ran into a tackle so high from Camacho that is caught him on the chest! Ray Kennedy went in dangerously hard on keeper Augustin while chasing a Graeme Souness free-kick in the 30th minute and received the yellow card from referee Karoly Palotai from Hungary. He also collected what looked suspiciously like a punch in the head from one of the angry cluster of Spanish defenders who immediately surrounded him.

Real's ruthless determination to keep their penalty area clear of Liverpool players continued into the second half when Angel brought down McDermott in the 46th minute on the edge of the box. Then it was a Real player's turn to be booked - Stielike in the 58th minute for a wicked foul on Johnson. Liverpool had one horrible fright when their offside trap failed. Camacho found himself in the clear with Clemence off his line and tried an intelligent lob. Fortunately, the ball floated over the bar. Both sides were now more inclined to take risks and Johnson ran clear only to have his attempt bounce off a defender into Augustin's hands. After 67 minutes Dalglish found his way blocked and the ball broke to Neal to shoot woefully wide. But Liverpool's efforts were finally rewarded in that magical 82nd minute when Alan Kennedy struck to clinch a fifth successive English victory in the competition - and earn the salute of the thousands of Liverpool fans.

Liverpool nearly had another three minutes later when Dalglish fought his way past Cortes and, from his cross, Souness had a point-blank drive blocked. There was a double substitution after 87 minutes, with Jimmy Case replacing Dalglish and the Spaniards sending on Pineda for Cortes. The move made no difference and the final whistle sounded to send Bob Paisley's men jubilant. It was an emotional moment with the shattered Spaniards being consoled by their officials while Phil Thompson went up to collect Europe's number one club trophy.

Alan Kennedy said of his goal "That was the best moment I have had in football. It will not sink in until tomorrow".

Phil Thompson exchanges pennants with Carlos Santillana

Paris falls to Reds as Kennedy strikes

by Nick Hilton © The Liverpool Daily Post

Alan Kennedy confounded Real Madrid and the whole of Paris last night by striking the goal that won the European Cup for Liverpool. The man the Kop have christened Barney Rubble, a left back with the knack of producing the unpredictable, became Liverpool's ace in the pack in a tense and taut chess game of a final. With just seven minutes remaining, Kennedy went bursting into the Real penalty area when his namesake Ray took a quick throw in from the left. In a blur he was past the floundering Garcia Cortes and a thundering left foot shot seared high into the top corner of the net. The Parc des Princes Stadium exploded into red and white, and Kennedy, whose League Cup Final goal was so cruelly cancelled out in the dying minutes at Wembley in March, this time was the hero for keeps.

Yet Kennedy had been inactive for six weeks during Liverpool's preparations for this game because of a broken wrist, and his chances of playing had looked remote. The plaster was removed only last week as Paisley was anxious to play him as a counter to the dangerous forward thrusts of Juanito. Now Kennedy has a golden place in football history as the man who won the European Cup for Liverpool for the third time; a record for a British club. And, ultimately, Liverpool deserved their triumph, if only just. They produced a performance of typical professionalism reducing the threat of the highly talented Real front line by expert and disciplined defence. Liverpool were not rated as favourites. The feeling of many critics in Paris was that their time had passed. But the message Bob Paisley's men spoke rather than roared to the rest of Europe is one that is becoming hauntingly familiar: Write Liverpool off at your cost.

Liverpool's early dominance was a product of their great experience of the heady occasions. They gave themselves a little more time than Real and for 20 minutes were in firm control creating that extra yard of space by intelligent first time passing. Alan Kennedy's 11th minute left footed 30 yarder had Agustin sprawling. McDermott's first time effort, following a neat link between Dalglish and Lee went over, and Dalglish drove an effort on the turn straight at the keeper. Once Real had surfaced from their early attack of nerves, however, Liverpool found they were much more of a match, coping with the tight and tricky ball skills of Juanito and Laurie Cunningham, and the phenomenal ability in the air of Santillana.

Camacho, a dangerous raiding full back, gave Liverpool their first big scare when he wriggled free from Alan Hansen on the edge of the box and lobbed a shot just beyond Ray Clemence's far post. If the game was not a classic it was nothing less than an absorbing contest between highly accomplished teams of contrasting styles. Real, typically Latin, played in high speed bursts, from a general pattern of keeping the pace slow. Their close skills were undeniably present; demanding every ounce of Liverpool's concentration and organisation to contain them. The Spaniards also employed a man to man marking system as opposed to Liverpool's preference for the nearest defender to pick up the man on the ball. Cortes stayed as tight as he could on Dalglish, and found it a desperately difficult task; Sabido followed Johnson and Camacho who was given the responsibility of restricting Graeme Souness' midfield influence, in which he found a certain degree of success. The pattern that emerged was that Liverpool, without ever regaining their early authority, created the more clear cut chances, a tribute as much to the back four's work as the forward play.

A typical Liverpool move deserved a reward of a 37th minute goal. Dalglish, pressured by two defenders on the edge of the box, held the ball up cleverly before releasing it in front of the onrushing Souness whose shot the gangling Agustin was fortunate to grab at the second attempt. There was never a question of Real running the so-called old men of Anfield off their feet as their Yugoslavian coach Boskov had predicted, nor on the other hand of Liverpool dissecting the Spaniards by science. Just when extra time seemed inevitable the tactical stalemate was broken by Alan Kennedy's intervention. Three minutes from time, three substitutions were made, but they were too late to matter. Real brought on San Jose and Pineda for Juanito and Cortes, and Jimmy Case replaced a limping Kenny Dalglish.

Bob Paisley said "Maybe we have won things with better performances but we showed a lot of character. People may wonder why we have won the European Cup yet only finished fifth in the League but to achieve what we have done with 12 people out of the squad for up to six weeks each this season is tremendous. Without the injuries I feel we would have been closer to the title".

Goal of a lifetime sinks Real

by Charles Lambert © The Liverpool Echo

It was just past 9:50 PM in the stylish bowl of the Parc des Princes last night when Alan Kennedy earned himself instant immortality. What the assembled masses from all corners of Europe made of the "Barney, Barney" chant, which rose from the Red sections of the arena as Kennedy's clubbing left footer hit the Real Madrid net, no one knows. But this was the moment when Kennedy, the man the Kop call Barney Rubble, wrote his name on to an international stage and shattered that most aristocratic of clubs, Real Madrid. It was an unexpected end to a game, which failed to provide the spectacle that had been predicted, but more than compensated by producing the result of our dreams. Liverpool's 1-0 win not only secured the European Cup for the third time after two years in which the trophy was on loan to Nottingham Forest, it also gave them a European trophy for the fifth time and that is a record only Real themselves can beat. The winning goal came with only eight minutes to go Although Liverpool had looked consistently the more threatening side, their momentum seemed to have gone and the match was slowing to a virtual standstill. That was when Kennedy took a hand. Receiving the ball from Ray Kennedy's throw he bustled past a surprised Garcia Cortez and, as goalkeeper Agustin advanced in desperation, the Liverpool left-back drove the ball fiercely past him.

At the Madrid end, 12,000 white bowler hats were still for the first time and the drums, which had pounded a Latin beat from the first minute, were silent. At the other end, and in pockets of scarlet throughout the stadium and, most noticeably, in the heart of the Real accommodation, they were dancing an unashamed Can-Can of pure exultation. There was now no way that Liverpool would lose and, in fact, they nearly doubled the score line with Graeme Souness having a powerful shot brilliantly stopped by Agustin and Terry McDermott, tormenting the Spanish defence with crosses from the right, which almost gave David Johnson a goal. So, it was another memorable night for this exceptional club which has earned its place at the top of football's role of honour. They adjusted intelligently to the formidable threat posed by a frigid Madrid formation early on and gradually drew the sting from the Spanish. Real gambled heavily on grabbing an early goal. With Stielike a forceful presence and players switching positions with bewildering speed, they gave Liverpool a number of early problems. But it was a condemnation of them that for all that and for all the skilful ploys of Juanito and the devilish hard work of Santillana, Real hardly gave Ray Clemence anything serious to worry about. Laurie Cunningham's most dangerous contribution came in the first minute when he beat Terry McDermott and Phil Neal and played a cross to the near post where Clemence held on as Stielike moved in.

But, by the 11th minute, Liverpool were sorting out a situation in which Kenny Dalglish, David Johnson and Graeme Souness were all the targets of close man-to-man marking. Alan Kennedy joined the attack and sent Agustin sprawling to save a low drive. McDermott, in the 12th minute, put a first-time effort just over and two minutes later Dalglish turned superbly and hit a shot which Agustin saved. This was encouraging but then Real Madrid began to come into the picture. After a couple of threats from Santillana they went close in the 26th minute as Camacho, moving forward from shadowing Souness, hooked the ball just wide after Juanito had craftily threaded it through. Although manager Bob Paisley was to call for better use of the ball in his half-time talk, Liverpool almost took the lead eight minutes from the interval when Hansen, Neal and Dalglish cut through the defence and Souness drove a first-time effort which Augustin only held at the second attempt. The second half started with a moment of pure horror as Camacho, beating the offside trap, found only Clemence between him and the first goal but his chip went over the bar. The night will be remembered for the pageant of red loyalty that illuminated the stadium and for the glamour of Europe's two top clubs fighting it out for the 1981 crown. But, most of all, this trip to Paris in the spring time will be remembered for the goal of a lifetime by one of Anfield's less celebrated sons, Alan Kennedy.

Entertainment rating: three stars. Conditions: weather fine, pitch greasy. Sammy Lee had a glorious first full season with a European Cup medal last night to go alongside his League Cup medal and England under-21 cap. Lee's all action intelligent display earned my vote as man of the match and that, in turn, makes him the top Liverpool player in our award scheme over the whole season. The little man who has made such a big impression since bursting on to the first team scene has now won 10 man of the match nominations leaving him out in front of Alan Hansen and Graeme Souness. Last night. Lee coped well with the threat of Uli Stielike and long before the end, was giving the experienced West German international more problems than he could handle. It was a memorable night for him and his emotional reaction at the end said it all. Juan Gomez, better known as Juanito, was my choice as Real Madrid's top player. Although his contributions were erratic, he always looked a dangerous customer and no one could doubt his desire for involvement. Dropping deep in search of the ball in midfield positions the Spanish international unveiled a range of trickery which could have demoralised lesser teams than Liverpool. He was involved in all Real Madrid's meaningful attacks and, if he ran out of steam in the second half, he was no different from the rest of his team mates.

Vincent del Bosque played 445 games for Real Madrid as a defensive midfielder winning five league titles and four Spanish cup finals. He also played 18 times for the Spanish national side. However, it is as a coach that he will be best remembered. He led Real Madrid to two league titles, two Champions League triumphs (2000 and 2002), and added the European Super Cup and European/South American Cup in 2002. In 2008 he became the manager of the Spanish team and won the World Cup in 2010 and the European Championship in 2012. In 2016, at the age of 66 years, he announced his retirement from football.

Juan Gomez Gonzalez, known as Juanito, was a skilful right winger / forward who played 284 times for Real Madrid over a 10 year period, scoring 85 goals. His fierce determination and refusal to accept defeat made him very popular with the Real Madrid supporters but also led to a number of UEFA bans because of his on-field behaviour. He played 34 times for Spain scoring 8 times, and represented his country in the 1978 and 1982 World Cup Finals and also the 1980 European Championships. He retired from playing in 1989 but tragically died in a road accident three years later at the young age of 37.

Laurie Cunningham and Phil Thompson

Mr. Unpredictable's glory day

by Charles Lambert © The Liverpool Echo

Graeme Souness pin-pointed the unpredictability factor which left Real Madrid reeling and made Alan Kennedy the toast of the nation. "We do not know what he is going to do, so what chance have the opposition got?" he cracked as he relived the moment that decided the 26th European Cup Final. "It was a tremendous goal and it was scored from such an acute angle that I don't think the goalkeeper saw it". A delighted Kennedy, relishing his moment of glory, said "The ball fell perfectly for me. Until then, had been squaring it to the near post but I thought I would have a go and it went in". But Souness accused Real's Jose Camacho of trying to put him out of the game. "He did me twice in the first 30 seconds and the tackling was knee high" he complained "I had a dead leg from then on". The Reds' players were unanimous in praise of their fans "They have done us proud again" said David Johnson "I only hope there are no minor incidents to spoil a perfect occasion". He added "Twelve thousand fans came over with tickets and it seemed that twice as many came without. There were many more at home watching on television, all rooting for us, and I would like to thank them for their support". Ray Clemence, as befits a man who is making a name for himself in the broadcasting world, came up with the perfect verdict. "The fans made as much noise as they did in Rome. It was a magnificent stadium, a great atmosphere, and it all added up to one of those special nights you will always remember".

Football Association Chairman Sir Harold Thompson today led the congratulations as Liverpool basked in the glory of their third European triumph. But Sir Harold, while acknowledging the outstanding achievement of Bob Paisley's team, immediately called for a reduction of the clubs in the First Division to help England make the same impact at international level as our clubs do in European competition. Sir Harold, one of the most powerful men in English football, demanded "hard and serious talking" to sort out the imbalance between our club and national standards. "This is a remarkable, wonderful achievement by Liverpool and I am delighted they have managed to win the trophy for the third time" he said "There is a lesson in this for English football. There has been terrible fixture congestion over the last six weeks that has meant England have been without Liverpool and Ipswich players. The replay of the FA Cup Final was another complication. If there were fewer teams in the First Division that would go a long way towards solving the problem. We would not have the same build-up of fixtures towards the end of the season. This season our clubs have done well, with both Liverpool and Ipswich winning European trophies but the national side has not done so well. We have got to do something about it. I hope there will be some hard talking to get it trashed out and I do not see why discussions should not start straight away".

Four Liverpool players were today leaving their celebrating team mates to link up with the England squad in Switzerland. Ray Clemence, Phil Neal and Terry McDermott are all required for the important World Cup game against the Swiss on Saturday and Sammy Lee is in the under 21 squad. But, for the time being at least, their thoughts are still with the Liverpool squad who were flying home to a tour of the city. Said McDermott "I am really disappointed to be missing the tour because it is the highlight of any player's career". The mood in the Liverpool camp following the victory over Real Madrid is one of extreme satisfaction at, once again, proving their critics wrong. Phil Neal expressed all the elation of the occasion when he grabbed the imposing trophy and danced a jig around the Parc des Princes to the delight of the Liverpool faithful in the stands. "We have had such a terrible year in many ways and fancy capping it with this" he said "This is really an even more victorious feeling than on the previous two occasions. Before, we had always played well throughout the season, but this time we have stuttered a bit and that makes it more fulfilling to finish up like this". There was equal satisfaction that Real Madrid coach Vujadin Boskov had been proved wrong in his belief that age would tell against Liverpool. Said Alan Hansen "From the start of the second half I always thought we were going to win. I could see they were getting tired". And Ray Clemence said "Their front three did so much running in the first half to counter our back four that they had run themselves out". Bob Paisley, whose reputation as one of the game's all time master coaches has been enhanced still further by the events of the last few months, summed up "It is a magnificent way to end a hard season".
Note: Three days later, England lost 2:1 in Switzerland. Terry McDermott scored the England goal; Ray Clemence also played. On the 6th of June, England won 3:1 in Hungary. Ray Clemence, Phil Neal, Phil Thompson and Terry McDermott all played for England. Ex-Red Kevin Keegan scored the third goal from a penalty. England went on to qualify for the 1982 World Cup Finals.

A disappointed Laurie Cunningham accused his Real Madrid team mates of starving him of the ball. "I could have been used a bit more" grumbled the England international winger who was playing his first competitive match for over six months. "There were times when I was playing for a one-two but the return ball never came when it should have done. This is something that has got to be talked about a bit more in our dressing room". And Liverpool? "They were lucky" said Cunningham "We should have won it but football is never like that. In a final you need luck, and luck came for Liverpool eight minutes from the end".

Now to rule the world

by Chris James © The Daily Mirror

Liverpool may follow Nottingham Forest's example and make their first assault on the World Club Championship against the South American champions next season. Instead of the former two-legged match, Forest met Nacional of Uruguay in neutral Tokyo in an unsuccessful one-off clash in February. With heavy sponsorship and TV rights, a 100,000 pounds payoff was a temptation they could not afford to miss - even though the club had an FA Cup tie a few days later. The new Euro Kings could demand a similar format and boss Bob Paisley said yesterday "We would be willing to consider playing in the Championship if it was, again, a one-off game at a neutral venue and as long as the league made concessions regarding fixtures. You need breathing space for a match like that". Forest received no help in their bid to postpone domestic matches either side of making the 20,000 mile round-trip to Japan. After their two previous European Cup wins in 1977 and 1978, Liverpool refused to play in the tournament. Gate receipts would not have covered the costs of travelling to South America, while the soccer authorities refused to co-operate in putting off matches to help combat the effects of jetlag. But Liverpool Chairman John Smith is favourite to be the new Football League president next week and that could help pave the way to a better deal for successful clubs in future. Another problem for Liverpool is whether to compete in the European Super Cup next winter, where their opponents would be Cup Winners Cup holders Dinamo Tbilisi.

Liverpool have not forgotten their nightmare 7000 mile trip to the city in Soviet Georgia for a European Cup tie 18 months ago and General Secretary Peter Robinson said "We will be studying the situation as regards both the World Club Championship and European Super Cup. No decision on either has been made yet but in today's economic climate you have to consider everything from a financial viewpoint". Meanwhile Alan Kennedy, the Mersey Marvels' goal hero in Paris, is to have his broken wrist put back into plaster for another five weeks. It was seven weeks ago in the semi-final first leg against Bayern Munich that he sustained the injury and manager Bob Paisley forecast that it would take 12 weeks to heal. Paisley also revealed he had taken a calculated risk by playing Kennedy, Kenny Dalglish, David Johnson and Phil Thompson when they were not fully match fit and that Graeme Souness had collected a nasty shin injury early in the game. "Everything about it was a gamble" said Paisley, now the most successful ever English club manager "It just goes to show the character there is in this team. It was that as much as anything that won us the cup". Liverpool's ground-out European Cup triumph failed to move England winger Peter Barnes who billed it as an "indictment" of the modern game and said "You could hardly call it exciting stuff. The only man taking people on was Real's Juanito".

My most magical memory!

by Derek Wallis © The Daily Mirror

The moment when Alan Kennedy drove home the winning goal for Liverpool in Paris last night will remain in the memory of everyone who saw it as arguably the most dramatic, explosive and colourful of all time. With extra time looming, Kennedy advanced and struck an angled shot that had to be seen to be believed. The entire Liverpool bench, manager Bob Paisley, assistants Joe Fagan and Ronnie Moran, substitutes, club doctor and all embraced each other as Kennedy continued his run to the back of the goal. There he stood triumphant, arms thrust high in front of the mass of Liverpool supporters who had never lost faith in their team, despite agonising doubts about whatever strength would overcome sophistication. That, in the end, was the decisive quality which won the European Cup for Liverpool in a match in which possession and patience was everything. That, plus the fact that Liverpool resurrected a once-feared reputation for scoring late goals.

So, Liverpool join the select few, the immortals who have won the European Cup three times. Few would argue with their right to it, despite the fact that at times they lacked the subtlety needed to overcome Real Madrid, who looked as though they might emerge masters of Europe. Kenny Dalglish and David Johnson were marked so closely that Dalglish in particular probably wondered why Cortes did not accompany him on the lap of honour afterwards. There seemed no way through for Liverpool to score in a match which needed something unexpected, something out of the ordinary to settle it. In the end, Alan Kennedy produced it in the most dramatic fashion. And when the tumult was over and the celebrations began it left me to reflect that if this latest triumph by a club side in Europe doesn't lift the England team for their crucial World Cup games over the next ten days, nothing will.

Kenny Dalglish in action

Ray Kennedy shoots despite a challenge from Uli Stielike

Alan Hansen clears the ball watched by Graeme Souness and Juantito

Ray Kennedy about to receive a yellow card

Alan Kennedy scores the winning goal

Alan Kennedy celebrates the goal

Graeme Souness and Sammy Lee celebrate at the final whistle

Ray Clemence celebrating the victory

Man of the match Sammy Lee celebrates

Liverpool players with the trophy

Manager Bob Paisley after the match

Phil Neal and his wife with the trophy at the dinner after the Final

The open bus parade in Liverpool

Photograph courtesy of Andy Marsden. Photograph by Bob Thomas

Alan Kennedy with Juanito

Match Weekly dated 6th of June 1981 with 3 pages reviewing the final.

Articles from Match Weekly magazine. © EMAP National Publications

Liverpool also won the League Cup for the first time in their history.

The Irish Press newspaper reports on the Home Farm v Liverpool friendly match played in Dublin on the 22nd of August 1981. Liverpool won 5-0.

Liverpool Daily Post, dated May 28th 1981, reports on the final.

The Daily Mirror, dated May 28th 1981, reports on the final.

Liverpool Echo, dated May 28th 1981, reports on the final.

Liverpool Echo, dated May 28th 1981, reports on the final.

A montage from the Liverpool Echo newspaper.
Images courtesy of Guy Mitchell

The Daily Express, dated May 28th 1981, reports on the final.
Image courtesy of

French newspaper L'Equipe, dated May 28th 1981, reports on the final.
Images courtesy of oldfootball1911

Panini stickers.
Images courtesy of astinvista01

The official Real Madrid magazine dated June 1981 reviews the Final.

Italian magazine Guerin Sportivo contains 12 pages reviewing the Final.
Image courtesy of Jim Clarke

France Football dated June 2nd 1981 reviews the Final.

Card produced by Onze magazine.
Image courtesy of Gerard Scully

48 page UEFA Official Bulletin dated June 1981 issue No. 95.

Poster from Kicker magazine.
Image courtesy of Guy Mitchell

Articles from the French Book 1981 l'anee du football.
Images courtesy of Guy Mitchell

French magazine AS Color, dated 2nd June 1981, reviews the Final.
Images courtesy of fumagio
Images courtesy of Guy Mitchell from his poster album

Supporters pennant.
Image courtesy of Jim Clarke

Supporters pennant.
Image courtesy of trevsplace2011

Supporters pennant.
Image courtesy of anlk2010

Supporters pennant.
Image courtesy of sportsmemo-hessner

Supporters pennant obtained outside the stadium.
Image courtesy of Jim Clarke

Supporters pennant.
Image courtesy of uksecondchance

Supporters pennant.
Image courtesy of probbo14

Supporters pennant.
Image courtesy of Mark Tweddle

Supporters pennant.
Image courtesy of sports-all

Supporters pennant.
Image courtesy of gingerwinger33

Cigar ash tray - 17cm in diameter - presented to Liverpool Director Cecil Hill.

Supporters bag.
Image courtesy of dis123disney

Replica Glass Trophy - 12cm in height - presented to Liverpool Director Cecil Hill.
Image courtesy of supermono13

Real Madrid supporters badge.
Image courtesy of Jim Clarke
Football autographed by 1980-81 squad.
Image courtesy of

Viva El Kop the story Of Liverpool's 1981 European Cup Victory; a BBC Radio Merseyside album.

Commemorative badge.
Image courtesy of 42011-red

Commemorative badge.
Image courtesy of nuneatonrams

Commemorative mug.
Image courtesy of jnorth253

Football autographed by 1980-81 squad.
Image courtesy of

Supporters Flag.
Image courtesy of scortonarrow

Supporters Cap.
Image courtesy of chrisone234

Supporters Cap.
Image courtesy of Jim Clarke

Commemorative football cover produced by the Dawn Cover Productions.

Event programme of the 1981 European Cup Final 25th anniversary on the 13th of November 2006 organised by the Liverpool FC former players association,

Commemorative Danbury Mint fine porcelain plate.
Image courtesy of Fred Ray

Commemorative trading cards.
Image courtesy of tradingcards1966

Steve Hale photograph that hung in the corridor beside the Director's Lounge in the old Main Stand.

Photograph of Alan Kennedy removed from the Legends Lounge in the old Main Stand at Anfield.

Aluminium sheet with protective film display board commemorating the 1981 European Cup victory.

Photograph that hung in the 2015-16 season Hospitality Marquee Trophy Room.
Images courtesy of

The European Cup Final was Liverpool's last match of the season and the victory meant they had won the trophy for the 3rd time. As holders, they automatically qualified for the following season's competition. Liverpool had also won the League Cup 2:1 against West Ham United in a replay at Villa Park after a 1:1 draw at Wembley. Liverpool had a disappointing season in the league finishing in 5th position on 51 points; 9 points behind champions Aston Villa. In the FA Cup, they had been eliminated in the 4th round losing 2.1 to Everton at Goodison Park. In August, Liverpool had won the Charity Shield 1:0 against West Ham United at Wembley.

*Away Statistics include Final against Real Madrid in Paris

APPEARANCES / SCORERS: 9 Matches / 24 Goals (2.67 goals per match) s = Substitute appearance

Players Used: 19

Ever-present: 6 - Clemence, Dalglish, Hansen, R. Kennedy, Lee, Neal

Players Scored: 10 + 1 own goal (Miller of Aberdeen)

Leading Scorer: McDermott, Souness - 6 goals



Average Home Attendance: 34,748


Oulu 2038

Aberdeen 418

Sofia 2271

Munich 1172

Paris 626


Home Previous