Liverpool to go up - in 1961

All-red Rotherham, playing in the scarlet shorts in which they beat Arsenal, rattled Liverpool with that same mid-season zip to lead 2-0 in 16 minutes.

On the dusty, iron-hard Millmoor pitch the Liverpool defence was chopped wide open by long passes.

Centre-half Dick White and left back Ron Moran, both misjudging the bounce of the ball, allowed Alan Kirkman (11 minutes) and Gordon Swann (16) to clinch the match - in Rotherham eyes.

Indeed, Rotherham should have been three up had not that bothersome bounce on the six-yard line prevented 21-year-old outside left Swann from adding to his first League goal (27).


But Liverpool are my promotion favourites for 1961, and in the second half they showed why. In the first five minutes they fired in four shots, two more than in the whole of the first half.

In the 51st minute two shots from Billy Liddell were blocked by Peter Perry before the fiery, dust-stained Dave Hickson hurtled in to hit the second rebound.

Eight minutes later Hickson hit the bar and Roger Hunt (twice) and Melia were again blocked by the goal-line red wall.

The 73rd minute climaxed a great Liverpool recovery when Hunt equalised, following a corner kick from Jimmy Melia; passed on by Bob Campbell.

Rotherham with this spirit are still a formidable side but need an inside forward of authority to sketch tactics.

Not all goals can be expected to come from defensive mistakes, as Moran emphasised by coolly clearing off his line from Ken Waterhouse in the last minute.

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