The Bob Paisley Era (1974-1983)

Posted on May 2, 2008

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Honours Won : League Championship (1976), UEFA Cup (1976), League Championship (1977), European Cup (1977), European Cup (1978), League Championship (1979), League Championship (1980), League Cup (1981), European Cup (1981), League Cup (1982), League Championship (1982), League Cup (1983), League Championship (1983)

Clemence
Neal
Hansen
Thompson (C)
A. Kennedy
Lee
Souness
McDermott
R. Kennedy
Dalglish
Johnson
1981 European Cup Final starting lineup.

Clemence
Neal
Hansen
Thompson
Hughes (C)
Case
Souness
McDermott
R. Kennedy
Dalglish
Fairclough
1978 European Cup Final starting lineup.

Clemence
Neal
Hughes (C)
Smith
Jones
Case
Callaghan
Heighway
R. Kennedy
Keegan
McDermott
1977 European Cup Final starting lineup.

Shankly’s 55-year-old assistant Bob Paisley, was promoted to the position of manager for the 1974-75 season after failing to persuade his predecessor to carry on. Paisley was manager of Liverpool from 1974 until 1983, and during those nine years he became one of the most successful managers ever to take charge of an English club. His one and only season without winning a trophy was his first, 1974-75. His second season brought the first of six league titles. In 1977 the championship was retained and the team won the European Cup for the first time in its history. The final in Rome was won 3-1 over old foes Borussia Moenchengladbach in what was Kevin Keegan’s final game for the club. The European Cup was retained the following year with a 1-0 win in the final against FC Bruges. The goal was created by future captain Graeme Souness and scored by Keegan’s replacement Kenny Dalglish.

1978-79 was a record breaking year as the league title was won with 68 points and only 16 goals conceded in 42 matches [1]. The following season brought another league title. Paisley’s third and last European Cup victory came in 1981 with a 1-0 victory in the final over Real Madrid. The unexpected scorer of the winning goal was defender Alan Kennedy. The only domestic trophy to previously elude them, the League Cup, was also won that season with another defender, Alan Hansen, grabbing the winning goal.

A defeat to Manchester City on Boxing Day 1981 saw Liverpool drop to eleventh place but a string of victories brought the title back to Anfield. The League Cup was also retained. The emerging star of that campaign was Welsh striker Ian Rush. It was more of the same the following year with both the league championship and League Cup being retained. Of Liverpool’s eight league defeats that year, five were recorded after the title was already won. Eventually, the league was won by eleven points.

The big question for fans at the conclusion of that season was who would replace Bob Paisley. Before retiring he won a total of twenty-one trophies, including three European Cups, a UEFA Cup, six league titles and three consecutive League Cups during his spell as manager. Under Paisley, a new era of stars emerged. They included Graeme Souness, Ian Rush, Alan Hansen and Kenny Dalglish.

(from: Wikipedia)

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