Video: Jan Molby's 'lost' goal from Liverpool FC v Man Utd Milk Cup tie

By Dan Kay on Oct 28, 09 06:26 PM in Fans

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Tuesday November 26, 1985 saw one of the most famous goals Anfield has ever seen - but one those not present at the match have never been able to.

The Reds were taking on Manchester United in a Milk Cup 4th round tie which the visitors led at half-time through a Paul McGrath strike.

Liverpool had enjoyed an indifferent start to Kenny Dalglish's first season as player-manager, beating reigning champions Everton at Goodison but suffering league defeats at Newcastle and QPR, while Ron Atkinson's media darlings had started like a house on fire, winning their first ten league matches and prompting calls from some back pages to 'hand them the title now'.

Indeed Liverpool hadn't beaten United since their previous meeting in the League Cup competition, the 1983 Final at Wembley, and hadn't won a First Division match against them since Craig Johnston's winner at Old Trafford in 1982.

Early in the second half, with the Reds attacking the Kop end, Danish midfielder Jan Molby embarked, from his own half of the field, on a run that would cement his place in Anfield folklore.

Molby took the ball from Norman Whiteside as if removing a ball of string from an errant kitten before striding forward fifty yards and unleashing a shot that may well have caused serious harm to those in its path had the net not been in the way.

His sensational equaliser was followed by a penalty he himself converted a couple of minutes later to give Liverpool a famous win but a TV strike, meaning there was no televised football for the first half of the 1985-86 season, meant no footage of the match was in circulation.

However United manager Ron Atkinson had matches of that era video-taped for training purposes and graciously gave the Dane a copy after the match.

Now nearly 24 years on, that footage has been released - initially broadcast for the first time at a charity night at Anfield to raise money for The Wirral Witches in support of Claire House.

Here is the goal - what are your memories of it? Tell us by leaving a comment below

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