Charity Shield shared with West Ham

15 April 1964

 

The first piece of silverware in a truly historic season arrived before the kick of a competitive ball as Liverpool and West Ham played out a 2-2 draw to share the Charity Shield.

 

Anfield hosted the fixture, for in those days the glorified friendly was played at the home of the champions.

 

Goals from Gerry Byrne and Gordon Wallace either side of the break ensured Liverpool shared the spoils, but the game was equally significant for the fact that it witnessed the club's first recorded substitution. Rule changes by the FA allowed Bill Shankly to swap Alf Arrowsmith for debutant Phil Chisnall after 15 minutes.

 

Remarkably, the Reds had just two days after West Ham to prepare for their first ever European game – in which time they also had to find their way to Reykjavik in Iceland.

 

Liverpool went on to reach the European Cup semi-finals in May 1965 – but that was trumped by the club's first FA Cup triumph following victory over Leeds United, Ian St John the hero in extra-time.