On This Day – Match of the Day in Colour for the First Time

15-11-1969. On this day in 1969 Match of the Day is shown in colour for the first time. The highlighted match was the First Division game between Liverpool and West Ham from Anfield. The Reds won the match 2-0 thanks to goals from Chris Lawler and Bobby Graham.

Colour TV

Liverpool’s Scottish Graham scored 31 goals in 101 league games before leaving the club for Coventry in 1972. Right-back Lawler made 549 appearances between 1963 and 1975, which ranks him as 10th in the list over most appearances (Steven Gerrard currently has 547 in 11th place).

Liverpool: Lawrence, Lawler, Strong, Smith, Yeats, Hughes, Callaghan, Peplow, Graham, St. John, Thompson

West Ham: Ferguson, Bonds, Lampard, Howe, Stephenson, Moore, Redknapp, Boyce, Brooking, Hurst, Best

Liverpool finished the season in fifth position, while the Hammers came 17th. Everton finished as champions and Chelsea won the FA Cup.


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