ON May 1 1965, Liverpool FC won the FA Cup for the first time. They defeated Leeds United 2-1 at Wembley Stadium. Liverpool had an all-British line-up; but Leeds featured two frieingers: the Republic of Ireland’s great Johnny Giles and South African Albert Johanneson.
Before the final, Liverpool met Ken Dodd.
Comedian Ken Dodd was in danger of being tickled to death at the London Palladium this evening when, on the eve of the FA Cup Final, the Liverpool team turned up to see the new Ken Dodd show, “Doddy’s here”. Ken Dodd himself a Liverpudlian, is a keen Liverpool supporter. Date: 30/04/1965
Scousers took in the London air:
Liverpool fans in Trafalgar Square on the morning of the FA Cup Final
Christine Rice, 18, leads Liverpool supporters in pre-Wembley jubilation in Trafalgar Square, London.
The pre-match tensions. One years earlier, Liverpool had won the first division league title the previous season and Leeds United had been promoted from Division 2. This season, Leeds had finished runners-up to champions Manchester United, with Liverpool in 7th. Both clubs were on the cusp of greatness. It was a tough game to call.
Liverpool fans show their support for their team who went on to win the match 2-1. Flag reads ‘Liverpool the cream of Europe’.
Here they come.
The Liverpool team are introduced to the assembled dignitaries before the match
Liverpool football manager Bill Shankly (left, back to camera) is greeted by the Duke of Edinburgh (2nd left),
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh (second l) shakes hands with Leeds United’s Jim Storrie (fourth r) as he is introduced to the players by Leeds captain Bobby Collins (third l). Awaiting their turn are Leeds United’s Billy Bremner (third r), Jack Charlton (second r) and manager Don Revie (r)
Billy Bremner – the greatest Leeds United captain of them all.
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh shakes hands with Leeds United’s Billy Bremner (second r) before the match as Leeds’ Jack Charlton (r) and Jim Storrie (third r) look on
Leeds United captain Bobby Collins (r) shakes hands with Liverpool captain Ron Yeats (l), watched by referee W Clements (c). Who’s your money on in a fight?
Leeds United goalkeeper Gary Sprake (c) claims a cross under pressure from Liverpool’s Ian St John (l), watched by teammate Jack Charlton (r)
Leeds United’s Norman ‘Bites yer legs’ Hunter (r) slides in too late to prevent Liverpool’s Roger Hunt (l) firing the ball across
Liverpool players Ian St John (left, red shirt) and Ron Yeats (right), battle for the ball with Leeds United players Norman Hunter (2nd left, white shirt) and Jack Charlton (2nd right),
Leeds United goalkeeper Sprake (centre, green shirt) saves a header from Liverpool striker Hunt
Leeds goalkeeper Sprake watches, helpless, as the ball shoots into the net to notch Liverpool’s first goal, in the FA Cup Final at Wembley. Looking on is Liverpool centre forward Ian St. John (left). Others are left to right, Bell and Hunter of Leeds, Byrne (Liverpool) and Reaney (Leeds). Liverpool won 2-1, all the goals being scored in extra time.
Liverpool’s Ian St John (2nd right obscured, red shirt) scores an extra-time goal
A jubilant Liverpool fan is escorted off the pitch by policemen after running on to celebrate his team’s winning goal
An excited fan, who rushed onto the pitch after Liverpool had scored their second and winning goal, is carried from the field by policemen during extra time
Liverpool win. It’s up the 39 steps to to meet The Queen:
Liverpool captain Ron Yeats (second l) lifts the FA Cup as teammate Tommy Lawrence (r) collects the base of the trophy from HM Queen Elizabeth II (second r)
Liverpool captain Ron Yeats lifts the FA Cup
Liverpool captain Ron Yeats (l) carries the FA Cup down Wembley’s 39 steps, followed by teammates Tommy Lawrence (carrying base of cup), Peter Thompson, Geoff Strong, Tommy Smith, Ian Callaghan, Wilf Stevenson, Chris Lawler, Roger Hunt, Ian St John and Gerry Byrne
Liverpool’s winning goalscorer Ian St John celebrates winning the FA Cup
In the changing room.
Liverpool trainer Bob Paisley gently probes the injured shoulder of left back Gerry Byrne in the dressing room at Wembley after their victory over Leeds United in the FA Cup Final. byrne played for all but one minute of the two hour game with a suspected fracture of his right collarbone. The injury happened, Byrne said, when he collided with Bobby Collins.
Liverpool celebrate their FA Cup Final victory in milk in the Wembley dressing room. Left to Right: Stevenson, Yeats (captain), Lawler, Hunt, Thompson, Byrne, Smith and Strong.
Liverpool’s Wilf Stevenson drinks from the FA Cup in the dressing room after his team’s 2-1 win
Liverpool captain Ron Yeats celebrated with a pint of milk
And then back home:
Liverppol manager Bill Shankly addressing the guests who welcomed the Liverpool team at a civic reception at the Town Hall on their return to Liverpool after beating Leeds United in the Cup Final at Wembley. On left is the Lord mayor of Liverpool, Alderman Louis Caplan. Others in the photo are players Byrne, Stevenson, Smith, Lawler, Liverpool Chairman S. Reakes, Callaghan, Yeats (holding FA Cup, captain Ian St John, the Lady Mayoress fanny Bodker, Stevenson and T.V Williams, Preseident of Liverpool FC
Displaying the FA Cup to the wildly cheering crowds, the Liverpool FC players are seen on their triumphal drive in an open top coach to the Town Hall from Lime Street Station for a civic reception on their return to Liverpool after beating Leeds Utd in the Cup Final at Wembley. Crowds estimated between 200,000 and 250,000 gave them a tumultuous welcome. The excited fans burst through the barriers and there were hundreds of casualties.