THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

D1 RESULTS 12036612 March ~ Liverpool won the League by six points and set a record in using just 14 players, including midfielder Bobby Graham who only played one match. (Aston Villa equalled this record when winning the League in 1980-81.) Clubs had been allowed to use one substitute from the start of the season but Liverpool's 12th man was only called upon three times.

Among the five Liverpool ever-presents were winger Ian Callaghan and defender Tommy Smith who were both in the team that won the European Cup 11 years later. Liverpool reached their first European final this season, losing the Cup-Winners Cup 2-1 in extra time to Borussia Dortmund.

Leeds had games in hand owing to their run in the Fairs Cup (the forerunner of the Europa League) in which they eventually lost a semi-final replay to Real Zaragoza. Four defeats in their last 11 games, including twice to Blackpool, put paid to any hopes they had of catching Liverpool. The goals against Leicester were scored by their central defenders, Jack Charlton, who got two, and Norman Hunter.

Burnley finished joint second with Leeds but missed the runners-up spot on goal average. Scottish winger Willie Morgan, later with Manchester United, scored their winner against Newcastle. Renowned for producing their own players, Burnley had finished in the top half of the table in every season bar one since 1952-53 and had been champions six years earlier. After this season they went into a steep decline and were relegated in 1970-71. Their Northern Ireland striker Willie Irvine was the division's second-top scorer on 29 goals, one behind Roger Hunt of Liverpool.

Northampton Town were playing in their only top-flight season to date having been promoted three times in five years. They went down with 33 points, a record for a relegated team, two behind nearest rivals Fulham whose 4-2 win at the County Ground in the 40th fixture proved to be decisive. Northampton then went through the divisions in the other direction and were back at the fourth level by 1969.

Despite having three England internationals in their regular line-up, Blackburn finished 13 points adrift at the bottom after losing 11 of the last 12 games. Their final four home matches were watched by crowds of under 8,000 – the lowest run of attendances for any team in Division One since the 1930s.

Everton's goal in their win at Arsenal was scored by centre-forward Fred Pickering. He was injured for a fortnight in April and missed the FA Cup semi-final win against Manchester United. The player who replaced him, Mike Trebilcock, who had been signed from Plymouth in January, kept his place for the final and scored twice as Everton came back from two down to beat Sheffield Wednesday 3-2. Trebilcock only played 11 league games for Everton before moving to Portsmouth 18 months later.

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Results & table from statto.com

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