Shield success for Reds

13 August 1966

The curtain-raiser for the 1966-67 season was a somewhat special occasion for Merseyside.

It pitted Bill Shankly's First Division champions against Harry Catterick's FA Cup winners; a clash that saw the city of Liverpool unite in its boast that we had the best two football teams in the country.

All that remained to be seen was which side would head into the new campaign with the local bragging rights and it came as no surprise that Roger Hunt was the man who decided it in favour of the Reds.

The England forward, fresh from his World Cup success with Sir Alf Ramsey's side, fired in an unstoppable 25 yard drive after just nine minutes to clinch a 1-0 win for Liverpool and secure the FA Charity Shield outright for the first-time in the club's history.

While the victory ensured yet more silverware for Shankly's men, it is an occasion that is perhaps best remembered for the pre-match festivities inside Goodison Park.

The 63,329 supporters crammed inside the ground were treated to the sight of club captain's Ron Yeats and Brian Labone parading both the Division One title and FA Cup respectively, before England's World Cup winning heroes Hunt and Ray Wilson emerged from the tunnel to surprise the fans with a lap of honour with the Jules Rimet trophy.