Monday 23 April 2018

'Yes, I played in it' - BBC reporter unwittingly interviews 1967 goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence about Merseyside derby

Tommy Lawrence
Tommy Lawrence

Heather Saul

A BBC reporter was left flabbergasted when he unintentionally interviewed a former footballer about a match he had played in.

Stuart Flinders stopped one man to ask him if he remembered the 1967 Merseyside derby game ahead of an Everton vs Liverpool match on Saturday night.

Unbeknown to him, he was interviewing Liverpool’s former goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence, who had been in the goals for that particular game.

Flinders asked: “I’m just wondering whether you remember the derby match in 1967 at Goodison, FA cup, fifth round, and it was shown on a big screen at Anfield at the same time. Do you remember it?"

“That’s right, Mr Lawrence said, nodding. “Yeah I do, I played in it. I was goalkeeper for Liverpool.”

"It was a great game,” he added, “Alan Ball scored the winner."

Flinders described the encounter as a “stroke of luck”.


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