1986 is remembered for many things, Challenger, Chernobyl, Argentina winning the World Cup, and Madonna letting us know she was a True Blue. But it's also known as the year we won the double against the blues, and it started on Easter Monday on March 31 at home to City.
Monday afternoon football is long gone these days, replaced by Monday Night Football, even though we had to wait until 1996 before we had a EPL game at home on a Monday night. But back in the 80's and 90's, there was a full league programme on Easter Monday, after another full league programme on Easter Saturday. Nowadays there would be uproar at such a schedule, back then players just got on with it no questions asked and no rotation expected.
After drawing 0-0 on the Saturday at Sheffield Wednesday, the City home game gave us an opportunity to go top. Steve McMahon did the job with the goals to give us a routine 2-0 win, which was payback for the loss in the away game at Christmas. When the neighbours could only draw 0-0 at the mancs, we had wiped out a 8 point gap to them in mid February to now lead the table on goal difference at the end of March. Of course, it wasn't quite as simple as that, as they still had a game in hand. When they lost it in the last week of the season, we finally had the winning of the league in our own hands. Dalglish took his chance to win us the league, then Rush won the cup for the first time since 74, and added the Screensport Super Cup in September. The Charity Shield finished as a draw with no penalties, and was the only trophy we were willing to share.
The season had started with the club's name in the headlines, the team in transition, and Kenny getting questioned. But the year ended with 3 trophies and on an open top bus. If only every year was as successful as that.