On This Day 13th November

On this day 13th November 1974 we signed one of my favourite players. A player that rightly went on to enjoy legendary status with us. Step forward the one and only Terry McDermott. Think of the most industrious, hard working, energetic midfielder you can imagine, then compare those attributes to those McDermott displayed week in, week out.

McDermott played against us for Newcastle United in the 1974 FA Cup Final. For those of us old enough to remember, this was the final where Malcolm MacDonald was going to do all sorts of things to us. Fast forward to about 4:50 pm on 4th May 1974. The 3-0 scoreline did not truly reflect the balance of play. We absolutely battered them. Two goals from Kevin Keegan and one from Stevie Heighway put SuperMac (aka SuperMouth) firmly in his place.

Having said that, of all those that flopped for Newcastle that day, McDermott was probably their best player on the day. No doubt we’d already noted his talents anyway. So it was no surprise that a few months later we sign him for a fee in the region of £170,000.

On This Day 13th November

On this day 13th November 1974-we sign Terry McDermott

On this day 13th November 1974-we sign Terry McDermott

Here’s Terry with the, obligatory for that era, curly perm and droopy moustache. In his first two seasons or so, McDermott struggled to make it into the starting XI. That wasn’t uncommon in those days. We would sign a player then put him in the reserves for a year or two.

But when he did make the first team, what an impact he had. Box to box midfielder, great engine and a scorer of important, and often spectacular, goals were just a few of the strengths he brought to the team.

His impact was so profound as time progressed, his efforts were spectacularly recognised. He was the first player to be awarded the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and the Football Writers Footballer of the Year in the same year.

That was in 1980. By then he had well and truly announced himself to Reds fans. I don’t suppose scoring the first goal in a European Cup Final would harm your reputation would it? That he did against Borussia Monchengladbach in Rome in 1977.

He also chipped in with a belter of a goal in another key fixture that season. An absolutely brilliant turn and chip against Everton in the FA Cup Semi Final. This goal was voted “Goal Of The Season” by BBC viewers.

100 Players Who Shook The Kop-Number 37 Terry McDermott

Here is a short video of the very best of Terry McDermott. Voted number 37 in the 100 Players Who Shook The Kop. That’s not a bad achievement is it?

McDermott was very underrated and was such an integral part of Liverpool’s success. Enjoy the video…..

As already stated, he scored so many important and often spectacular goals. Right foot, left foot, headers, piledrivers, chips…you name it. They were all in his repertoire.

But which was his best? It’s all about opinions obviously, but this one is still talked about today. It is included in the video above, but it is that good, it is worth seeing again on its own.

Liverpool 7 Tottenham Hotspur 0

I was lucky enough to be in the Kop that very hot day on 2nd September 1978. Liverpool 7, Tottenham Hotspur 0. Argentina had just won the World Cup a couple of months before. In those days it was very rare indeed for any First Division team to have overseas players in their ranks. Tottenham were pioneers to a certain extent in that respect. Among their playing ranks were two, exciting new signings. World Cup winners, Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa ensured the main focus before the game was on them.

During the World Cup Argentinian fans started a new craze when celebrating a goal or a victory. Or even just seeing their favourites take to the pitch for that matter.

An avalanche of ticker tape cascaded down onto the pitch whenever they had something to celebrate. I vividly remember Tottenham fans mimicking that when their idols came out in tribute to Ardiles and Villa.

That initial explosion of ticker tape was the last paper we saw on the day. After 90 minutes, the talk was no longer about Ardiles and Villa. Instead it was all about how Liverpool absolutely destroyed Tottenham. And in particular, the 7th goal Liverpool scored was, and still is, a huge talking point. The perfect counter attacking goal. From Clemence in goal to McDermott in seconds.

Is this the best Liverpool goal ever seen at Anfield?

You decide…….

Thanks for the memories Terry Mac. A true Liverpool legend who gave us so much joy and one who contributed greatly to our magnificent successes in the 70’s and 80’s.

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