Our main image this week shows Liverpool striker Alun Evans being congratulated by fans after scoring a hat-trick against Bayern Munich at Anfield in March 1971.
A photographer darts away as Evans leaves the pitch – tired but clearly ecstatic.
The occasion was the first leg of the Inter Cities Fairs Cup Quarter Final against the German club. Liverpool won 3-0 thanks to Evans and drew the second leg 1-1 with a goal from Ian Ross.
They went on to lose the semi-final to Leeds United 1-0 on aggregate.
Anfield was rocking with 45,616 spectators when Evans scored his hat-trick – a far cry from the deserted Puskas Arena in Budapest where Liverpool beat RB Leipzig 2-0 in their Champions League ‘home’ match on Wednesday.
Evans ended the 1970-71 season as the Reds’ top scorer with 15 goals in all competitions. He made 79 league appearances for Liverpool from 1968 to 1972, scoring 21 goals.
He joined the club from Wolverhampton Wanderers at the age of 19 for a transfer fee of £110,000, making him Britain’s most expensive teenager.
Reds’ manager Bill Shankly liked the look of him as he’d given Liverpool centre half Ron Yeats a tough time during a league match.
Our modern Anfield image reflects current times. Fans have been replaced by people queuing for their Covid vaccinations.
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