Match details

Liverpool 2 - 2 Cologne

Game date: Wednesday 24 March 1965 at 20:15 Stadium: Stadion Feyenoord
Competition: European Cup 2nd R Rep. Attendance: 47,862
Half - time score: 2 - 1 Referee: Schaut R ( Belgium)
Manager: Bill Shankly Opposition manager: Georg Knöpfle

Opposition lineup

Toni Schumacher, Fritz Pott, Anton Regh, Hans Sturm, Matthias Hemmersbach, Wolfgang Weber, Karl-Heinz Thielen, Christian Müller, Johanns Löhr, Wolfgang Overath, Heinz Hornig

Opposition goals

Karl-Heinz Thielen 40'
Johanns Löhr 48'


- Average age of the Liverpool starting lineup: 24.76
- Average age of the Cologne starting lineup: 24.9
- The home and away games were both goalless and after a third draw, a coin-toss was to decide Reds' fate. Ron Yeats: "I got in first to the referee and said: ´I'll have tails.´ Lucky for me the referee said ok. Liverpool tails, Cologne heads. Up it went and christ didn't it stick in a divot. I said to the referee: ´Ref, you're going to have to retoss the coin.´ And he went: ´You're right, mr. Yeats.´ I thought the German captain was going to hit him. He was going berserk because it was falling over on the heads. He picked it up, up it went again, came down tails. We were coming off and who is standing there but Bill Shankly. I was first off the pitch and he went: ´Well done, big man. I am proud of you. What did you pick?´ I said: ´I picked tails, boss´. I was waiting for the adulation but he just went: ´I would have picked tails myself and just walked away.´

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Related files

Match ticket
Ron Yeats - What a bargain
Press report from Adrian Killen's scrapbook
The coin toss!
Preview from the Liverpool Echo
Match programme

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