On this day in 1966 Liverpool beat fellow title contenders Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge.

The last time Liverpool played on Christmas Eve they came up against Tommy Docherty’s Chelsea who found themselves in 2nd place, just two points behind Manchester United. Meanwhile, Shankly’s Reds were in 5th, behind Stoke City and Nottingham Forest, although a win would see them rise to 3rd. Fielding a side featuring the likes of Ron Yeats, Ian Callaghan, Roger Hunt and Ian St John, Liverpool went into the fixture in London angling to take two points back to Anfield.

The first half would see Liverpool take a commanding lead with a demoralising own goal from Chelsea man Marvin Hinton putting the Blues 1-0 behind within the half hour as he attempted to defend a Liverpool corner. Liverpool would double their lead on the 39th minute with Geoff Strong making it 2-0 before the break with an ambitious effort from 20 yards finding its way in.

Liverpool failed to add to their total in the second half as Chelsea fought back. John Boyle pulled one back for the home side, though it wasn’t enough and Liverpool returned to Merseyside 2-1 winners, placing them third in the league, joint on points with Chelsea with a game in hand.