Former Liverpool great Roger Hunt has been speaking to the press this week, with Friday marking the 50th anniversary of our very first FA Cup final victory – a 2-1 victory over Leeds United at Wembley.
Hunt scored the opening goal of the game three minutes into extra-time, a strike that was soon cancelled out by Billy Bremner. However, there was still time for Ian St John to grab a winner and take the trophy to Anfield.
We’ve since won the FA Cup on six further occasions, most recently in 2006. Speaking about his memories of that day in 1965, Hunt told the Liverpool Echo: “To actually be able to say I was part of the team that won the FA Cup for the first time in our history was fantastic.”
As we celebrate the anniversary of one of the most historic moments in our club’s history, we take a look back at the players who starred on the big stage…
GK) Tommy Lawrence
Finished his playing career with Tranmere Rovers in 1974 and subsequently retired. Recently appeared on the BBC after being asked by a reporter if he remembered a famous Merseyside derby in 1967, a game he played in.
RB) Chris Lawler
Joined Portsmouth in 1975 before finishing his career with a succession abroad. He has since done work for Liverpool as both a coach and a scout, while he was recently voted 51st in the ‘100 Players Who Shook The Kop’ poll.
LB) Gerry Byrne
The man who famously played the majority of the FA Cup final with a broken collarbone. Byrne’s career would come to an end just four years later, again due to injuries. He was presented with a World Cup winners medal in 2009 after being an unused substitute in the final more than 40 years earlier.
CB) Geoff Strong
Played for Liverpool until 1970 and ended his career with Coventry City twelve months later. Strong died in 2013 following a battle with Alzheimer’s disease, he was 75.
CB) Ron Yeats (c)
Like Lawrence, Liverpool’s captain later joined Tranmere. From there he played for a succession of non-league clubs before calling it a day in 1978. He would also act as manager for both Tranmere and Barrow. He was appointed as our chief scout in 1986 and remained in the role until retiring in 2006.