Those 9 matches...
The English seemed just as reluctant to be
involved in Europe in the 1950s as they are now. The European Cup made its
debut in the 1955/56 and League champions Chelsea were drawn to play
Djurgårdens of Sweden in the opening round of the
competition. However, after strong objections from the Football League
Chelsea withdrew from the competition and were replaced by the Poles of
Gwardia Waraw. So the honour of becoming the first English side to play in
the European Cup went to Manchester United who were drawn against the
champions of Belgium, Anderlecht, in the Preliminary Round of the
1956/57 tournament. And those present at the first European Cup match
played on English soil - on Wednesday 26th September 1956 at Maine Road
(Old Trafford didn't have floodlights) must surely have wondered what all
the fuss was about. A newspaper match report described the first half: 'After
eight minutes came the first goal when Byrne sent a short volley to Pegg;
the winger beat two men, found the by-line and there was Taylor to flash
home a header like a bullet and send a spray of rain into the sky as the
white ball hit the net. From then on it became increasingly all United and
in the last 20 minutes before half-time four more goals came as United
played in an ecstasy.' United's team - who had an average age of just
22 - went on to win the match 10-0 and the tie 12-0. Never again have they
managed double figures in a single match in Europe.
Wednesday September 26th 1956,
European Cup Preliminary Round Second Leg
Manchester United 10 Anderlecht (Belgium) 0
Attendance: 43,635 (played at Maine Road, Manchester City FC)
Team: Wood; Foulkes, Byrne; Colman, Jones, Edwards; Berry, Whelan,
Taylor, Viollet, Pegg.
Goalscorers: Taylor 3, Viollet 4, Whelan 2, Berry.
there was a prize for the biggest shock in Football League history I think
that Ipswich Town winning the League Championship in 1961/62 must surely
be up there with a good shout of winning. The season before Spurs had
swept all before them by becoming the first club in the 20th Century to
win the League and FA Cup double. The next time round though the title
went to a club from deepest Suffolk who were playing their first season in
the top flight and in fact only their 17th season in the Football League.
Ably managed by one Alf Ramsey and a regular supply of goals from
Ray Crawford and Ted Phillips (they scored 61 of the 93 League goals
netted) they took the title with three points to spare. Ipswich drew
Floriana as their first European opponents and with the Maltese champions
having been beaten 10-2 away to
Újpesti Dózsa in the ECWC in 1961/62 they were not expected to provide too
strong an opposition. Ipswich duly won 4-1 in Malta and at Portman Road
Ipswich repeated what Manchester United had achieved six years earlier in
their first home European tie. Ipswich won 10-0, Ray Crawford scoring
five, but the Ipswich fans a little bored by the one-way traffic the
biggest cheers were for Floriana who played the game in the right spirit
and even had one 'goal' disallowed for offside.
It was downhill then on for Ipswich. There was no
disgrace losing in the next round to AC Milan who went on to win the
trophy at Wembley in 1962/63 but they finished the season just above a
relegation spot. In 1963/64 though, after Alf Ramsey had moved to the
England job, Ipswich were relegated and suffered a 10-goal beating of
their own, against Fulham in the League
(10 goals in League
matches). Several years later one of the victorious Ipswich
team against Floriana, Ted Phillips, managed the Maltese club.
Tuesday September 25th 1962
European Cup Preliminary Round Second Leg
Ipswich Town 10 Floriana (Malta) 0
Team: Bailey; Compton, Baxter,
Elsworthy, Stephenson, Moran, Crawford, Phillips, Malcolm, Blackwood,
Goalscorers: Crawford 5, Moran 2, Phillips 2, Elsworthy.
managers do get it dead right and perhaps wished they hadn't! Before this
European Fairs Cup match Dundalk's manager Liam Tuohy said that there was
a ten goal difference in class between the two teams. And so it proved.
The opening goal came in the first minute, from Alun Evans, and others
followed steadily. Chris Lawler, Tommy Smith, Bobby Graham and Evans again
made it 5-0 at half time and another five followed in the second half
through Alec Lindsay (on his first team debut), Tommy Smith, Peter
Thompson, Ian Callaghan and Bobby Graham.
No-one would have argued with the report in the Liverpool Echo which said
'Dundalk were hopelessly outclassed,
out-paced, in fact out-everythinged. It wasn’t so much a football match as
an exhibition of torture by Liverpool.’
Until Strømsgodset came visiting five years later that
victory was to be Liverpool's record score and the match was also notable
Gerard Houllier's first first visit to Anfield. Liverpool scored another
four, without replay, in the second leg but must have wished they had kept
just one of those 14 goals for the second round where they lost to
Vitória Setúbal of Portugal on the away goals rule.
Tuesday September 16th
1969, European Fairs Cup First Round First Leg
Liverpool 10 Dundalk (Republic of Ireland) 0
Team: Clemence; Lawler, Strong, Smith, Yeats, Hughes, Callaghan,
Graham, Lindsay, Evans, Thompson.
Goalscorers: Evans 2, Lawler, Smith 2, Graham 2, Lindsay, Thompson,
United came close to scoring double figures in a European match in the
1967/68 season when up against Spora Luxembourg in the Fairs Cup. After
winning 9-0 in Luxembourg - still the best away victory by a League side
in European competition and then a record high score for Leeds - they
'only' managed a 7-0 win at Elland Road. However in September
1969, the day after Liverpool had scored 10 in a Fairs Cup match, Leeds
finally scored 10 goals of their own in their first ever match in the
European Cup.The Norwegian
champions Lyn Oslo had not been expected to provide tough opposition and
after just 35 seconds that became apparent with Mike O'Grady scoring the
first for Leeds. The Lyn goalkeeper Sven Olsen had only arrived at Elland
Road half an hour before kick off and must have wondered if he should have
turned up at all - it was 3-0 after nine minutes, 5-0 at half times and
9-0 after 65 minutes. Then Leeds had an anxious wait before they reached
double-figures and with just a couple of minutes remaining Billy Bremner
scoring the tenth and set a new goalscoring record for the League
Wednesday September 17th 1969,
European Cup First Round First Leg
Leeds United 10 Lyn Oslo (Norway) 0
Team: Sprake; Reaney, Cooper, Bremner, Charlton, Hunter, Madeley,
Clarke, Jones, Giles (sub: Bates), O'Grady.
Goalscorers: O'Grady, Jones 3, Clarke 2, Giles 2, Bremner 2
play only two matches in European competition and still set records is a
bit of an achievement, sadly for
Hautcharage it's not something they will want to remember.
Unexpected winners of the Luxembourg Cup in 1970/71 they were drawn
against Chelsea in the first round of the 1971/72 European Cup Winners'
Cup. Perhaps in 1971 the Londoners weren't the accomplished European
maestros they later became but then they didn't need to be against
Jeunesse. Away from home they won 8-0 and then at Stamford Bridge they
recorded the Daddy of all scorelines recorded by League clubs in European
competitions - 13-0.
Two goals came from Peter Osgood in
the first six minutes. After 13 minutes it was 4-0 with goals from Alan
Hudson and John Hollins, a penalty, and it was 5-0 in the 22nd minute
following a clever back-header from David Webb. Then followed a quiet
period until a deflection off Peter Osgood made it 6-0 at the interval. A
cut eye saw Jeunesse 'keeper Lucien Fusulier receive three stitches during
the interval but there were no goals in the first 15 minutes of the second
half. Then Tommy Baldwin scored from a 20-yard shot followed two minutes
later by another from Peter Osgood and then followed another from Baldwin.
A big cheer went up for Chelsea goalkeeper Peter Bonetti when he touched
the ball for the first time in the second half in the 75th minute. Peter
Houseman made it 10-0, Osgood's fifth was 11-0, Tommy Baldwin's hat-trick
was 12-0 with lucky 13 for Chelsea being scored by Ron Harris.
The records? Thirteen goals is Chelsea's top score in a competitive match
and the aggregate of 21-0 is a record for any European competition,
although it was equalled by Feyenoord the following season. But it
was not a record high for a single European match - that was recorded by
Sporting Lisbon in 1963/64 with a 16-0 UEFA Cup home victory over another
Luxembourg side, US Rumelange. The Belgians only managing two in the away
Wednesday September 29th 1971,
European Cup Winners Cup First Round Second Leg
Chelsea 13 Jeunesse
Team: Bonetti, Boyle, Harris, Hollins, Webb, Hinton, Cooke,
Baldwin, Osgood, Hudson, Houseman.
Goalscorers: Osgood 5, Hudson, Webb, Baldwin 3, Houseman, Hollins,
When it came to success in European football Bob
Paisley would become of the genuine greats in the years to come but no-one
present would forget the first European tie he had as manager of
Strømsgodset were never going to be the toughest of
opponents but Liverpool gave a clinical display which totally destroyed
the Norwegian part-timers in a European Cup Winners' Cup First Round tie.
The first goal came after just 3 minutes following a foul on Tommy Smith
Strømsgodset keeper Inge Thun. The newspaper headline was doubtless then
written - THUN-DERSTRUCK - and a continuous stream of goals followed. It
was 5-0 at half-time and 8-0 with five minutes remaining before Tommy
Smith, Ian Callaghan and Ray Kennedy scored to take the total to double
figures and beyond. The 11-0 victory was - and still is - Liverpool's
record victory and amazingly nine Liverpool players scored goals. Brian
Hall was the only Liverpool outfield player not to get on the scoresheet.
A fortnight later Liverpool fielded an almost unchanged
side although Kevin Keegan was back for his first match after his Charity
Shield sending-off ban. Despite that a Ray Kennedy goal proved to be the
only one of a match. So 12-0 on aggregate but just as they did following
the victory against Dundalk they were beaten on away goals in the next
round, against Ferencváros of Hungary.
17th 1974, European Cup Winners Cup First Round First Leg
Team: Clemence; Smith, Lindsay, Thompson, Cormack, Hughes, Boersma,
Hall, Heighway, Kennedy, Callaghan.
Goalscorers: Lindsay, Boersma 2, Thompson 2, Heighway, Cormack,
Hughes, Smith, Callaghan, Kennedy.
Derby County's previous match in Europe had
seen them lose a European Cup tie 5-1 away to Real Madrid after having won
the first leg 4-1 at the Baseball Ground. This time around though they
were not expecting that sort of challenge when paired with League of
Ireland side Finn Harps in a UEFA Cup First Round tie. Not that manager
Dave Mackay was taking the opposition lightly. Without a win in their
first five League matches of the season he gave his players a warning just
before the UEFA Cup match - 'I am giving them two games to prove their
worth and commitment. If they don't give me 100 per cent, there will be
changes.' Sadly for the Irish minnows Derby regained their form that
night. Kevin Hector scored the first of his five goals after just six
minutes with the Rams scoring 12 in the match including five goals in a
ten-minute spell. They followed up that record club victory with a 4-1
second leg win to progress 16-1 on aggregate. However they were to lose to
AEK Athens in the next round with Mackay losing his job soon afterwards.
Wednesday September 15th 1976, UEFA Cup
First Round First Leg
Derby County 12 Finn Harps (Republic of Ireland) 0
Moseley; Thomas, Nish, Rioch, McFarland, Todd
(sub: King), Macken, Gemmill, Hector, George, James.
Goalscorers: Hector 5, James, George 3, Rioch.
1980/81 season saw Liverpool win the European Cup for the third time and
for the third time score double figures in a European tie. Finnish minnows
Palloseura were on the receiving end of the 10-goal walloping although the
Merseysiders did have their critics. Liverpool only managed a 1-1 draw in
the first leg in Finish against a side the newspapers described as being
of 'Fourth Division standard.' In the second leg at Anfield
Liverpool had a 4-0 lead at the break but amazingly the second half
started with a goal from the visitors, the only time a League side scoring
double figures in a European tie has let one in. And it came from a
Geordie - Keith Alexander scoring from a shot from the edge of the penalty
box. Normal service then resumed and Liverpool scored six in the second
half to win 10-1. A memorable moment came just two minutes from time when
Oulun sent on a 16-year-old substitute, Miika Juntunen - bless him he
didn't manage to touch the ball before the final whistle went!
Wednesday October 1st 1980, European Cup
First Round Second Leg
Liverpool 10 Oulun Palloseura (Finland) 1
Team: Clemence: Neal, Cohen, Thompson, R Kennedy, Hansen, Dalglish,
Lee, Fairclough, McDermott, Souness.
Goalscorers: Souness 3, McDermott 3, Lee, Kennedy. Fairclough 2
many clubs can boast that their record victory was achieved in a
European tie. Fewer still that 8 different players scored goals in that
victory including an eleven minute hat-trick from a substitute, Ian Walsh. However that was achieved by
Welsh Cup holders Swansea City when they beat Sliema Wanderers 12-0 in an
ECWC First Round First Leg match played at the Vetch Field in September
total was also the highest score by a Welsh side in any European match and
after Swansea won the second leg 5-0 a fortnight later in Malta the aggregate score
of 17-0 was another record for a Welsh side.
Wednesday September 15th
1982, European Cup Winners' Cup First Round First Leg
Swansea City 12 Sliema Wanderers (Malta) 0
Team: Davies: Marustik, Hadziabdic, Irwin, Kennedy, Rajkovic,
Loveridge (sub: L James), R James, Charles, Stevenson, Latchford (sub:
Goalscorers: Charles 2, Loveridge 2, Irwin, Latchford, Hadziabdic,
Walsh 3, Rajkovic, Stevenson.
Last but by no means least Blackpool
deserve a special commendation for the 10 goals they scored against an
Italian side when defending a European trophy they had won the previous
season. Really, it happened! Blackpool won the Anglo-Italian Cup (it's a
European competition!) in 1971 and in their final group match in the 1972
tournament, on June 10th 1972, they beat Lanerossi Vicenza 10-0. That put
them into the final again although this time they suffered defeat, 3-1
against Roma in Rome.
As every anorak will know the record
score in the FA Cup is Preston North End 26 Hyde United 0. The First Round
tie was played at Deepdale on Saturday 15th October 1887 and has also
proved to be the highest score by any club in a senior match in England.
It seems a tad unfair but I guess that hardly anybody will have the
faintest idea of the second highest score in the FA Cup competition. That
honour goes to two clubs - Staveley who beat Sheffield Walkley 19-0
in a First Qualifying Round match in 1890 and Oswestry Town who beat
Badsey Rangers 19-3 in an Extra Preliminary Round tie in 1933.
The FA Cup was a bit of an
international competition in its early days with clubs entering from
Ireland and Scotland as well as England and Wales. In one Third Round tie
in the 1886/87 season Northern Ireland's Cliftonville lost 11-0 at home to
Scotland's Partick Thistle.
On their way to the final in the
1883/84 season Queen's Park of Glasgow scored double-figures in both the
First Round (10-0 away to Crewe Alexandra) and Second Round (15-0 at home
v Manchester FC).
When Arsenal met Lancashire
Combination side Darwen in the Third Round of the FA Cup at Highbury on
Saturday January 9th 1932 they led 8-0 at half time. At the final whistle
they had 'only' won 11-1.
I find it hard to understand why there have been so
many double-figure scorelines in FA Cup replays - if two clubs are equally
enough matched to draw the first match why the mis-match in the replay?
The last time that happened was in the 1959/60 season when Fourth Division
Crewe Alexandra and First Division Tottenham Hotspur drew a Fourth Round
tie 2-2 at Gresty Road but four days later Spurs won the replay 13-2 at
White Hart Lane.
Southend United defeated Southern
League Brentwood Town 10-1 in a Second Round FA Cup tie in December 1968
having nearly got double figures in the First Round when they beat another
Southern League side, King's Lynn, 9-0.
When Bournemouth beat Southern
Leaguers Margate 11-0 in 1971 Ted MacDougal scored nine of them - five in
the first half, four in the second. It set a new record for the most goals
scored by a player in the competition proper of the FA Cup -
The last club to score double
figures in the competition proper was Shrewsbury Town. On Saturday
November 11th 1995 they defeated non-leaguers Marine 11-2 in the First
Round at Gay Meadow.
FA Cup results 1995/96
The Football League was founded in 1888/89 and since
then in the competition proper - First Round onwards - the following
double figure scorelines have been recorded (*
indicates a non-league club at the time).