Reds confirmed as post war champions

14 June 1947

The Germans might have bombed our chippies, but Liverpool Football Club remained intact – and with a little bit of rebuilding managed to claim the first post-war League Championship.

Said rebuilding included the record capture of Newcastle's prolific marksman Albert Stubbins for £12,500.

The forward went on to net 28 goals in his debut season, though this wasn't enough to earn him the undisputed title of top goalscorer.

This had to be shared with vice-captain Jack Balmer (pictured), who sent shockwaves through the football world in November 1946 by scoring three consecutive hat-tricks against Portsmouth, Derby and Arsenal.

The season was also memorable for the rise of two true icons. It was during an incredible 7-4 victory over Chelsea that 49,995 spectators watched Billy Liddell score his first league goal for Liverpool. He'd go on to amass 229 goals in a 23-year Anfield career and is still regarded by some as the greatest player ever to wear a red jersey.

Remarkably, the same fixture also saw Bob Paisley given his league debut. Good enough to tally 227 appearances for Liverpool, he'd later acquire true legendary status as the club's manager.

As the season progressed, the Reds earned a reputation as unstoppable in front of goal as George Kay's side did its best to boost post-war morale.

Grimsby Town suffered most. After a 6-1 defeat at Blundell Park, they were again on the thick end of a drubbing at Anfield as the champions elect cruised to a 5-0 win. God only knows how the Mariners felt the day they were paired against Merseyside's finest in the fourth round of the FA Cup. That game, incidentally, was a tighter affair, ending 2-0 to the Reds.

The likes of Wolves, Arsenal and Huddersfield were also all taught footballing lessons during a memorable campaign which ended with Liverpool finishing one point ahead of north-west rivals Manchester United. Sweet revenge after a 5-0 defeat at Old Trafford earlier in the season.