On This Day – Keegan and Bremner are Sent-off in the first Charity Shield match held at Wembley

10-8-1974: In the first Charity Shield match to be held at Wembley Liverpool’s Kevin Keegan and Leeds’ Billy Bremner where sent off.

To increase the prestige av the Charity Shield it was decided by the FA Secretary Ted Croker to move the match to Wembey. Liverpool the league winners in 1972-73 snubbed the 1973 match.

Both Leeds and Liverpool had lost famous managers during the summer. Bill Shankly had retired and Don Revie had left Leeds to manage England. Bill Shankly was given the honour of leading out Liverpool at Wembley. Brian Clough who had replaced Revie asked Revie to lead out Leeds but Revie declined.

The match was played in front of an attendance of 67,000. Liverpool took the lead after 19 minutes when Phil Boersma scored. 15 minutes into the second half the match erupted when Leeds midfielder Johnny Giles floored Kevin Keegan. Keegan didn’t know who the culprit was and retaliated towards the nearest Leeds player Billy Bremner. The result of the tussle was red cards to both players shown by Jack Taylor who was just back from refereeing the 1974 World Cup Final between West Germany and Holland in Munich.

As the player’s walked off they threw their shirts on the pitch. Both players where fined £500 and given 11 match bans. Keegan and Bremner where the first British players to be sent-off at Wembley.

10 minutes after the sending-offs Trevor Cherry met a Lorimer cross to head an equaliser.

The game was decided by penalties. Both teams scored all five penalties. Leeds keeper Harvey missed the first sudden death penalty while Ian Callaghan scored to secure Liverpool the trophy.

Liverpool: Clemence, Smith, Lindsay, Thompson, Cormack, Hughes, Keegan, Hall, Heighway, Boersma, Callaghan.

Leeds: Harvey, Reaney, McQueen, Hunter, Cherry, Bremner, Giles, E Gray, Lorimer, Clarke

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