When the Liverpool team lined up at Anfield for their pre-season photo in August 1966, you could forgive the players for being a little bit dazzled.
For glinting in the sunlight at their feet was a brilliant array of trophies, ranging from the League Champions Cup to the Lancashire Junior Cups won by Liverpool’s A and B teams.
Placed just next to captain Ron Yeats was the 1965 octagonal Charity Shield, shared with Manchester United after a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford.
Liverpool would win the 1966 Charity Shield outright five days later after beating FA Cup winners Everton 1-0 in a hard-fought local Derby at Goodison Park.
Before the game, Yeats and Everton skipper Brian Labone paraded their respective trophies to both sets of supporters. It had been a good season on Merseyside!
Liverpool’s silverware trail in the 1960s began with promotion from the Second Division at the end of the 1961-2 season. The Reds finished as champions on 62 points, eight ahead of second-placed Leyton Orient.
Two major signings played a massive part in the promotion campaign – defensive colossus Yeats himself and forward Ian St John, who arrived from Motherwell for a club record fee of £37,500.
Guided by mercurial manager Bill Shankly, the Reds quickly established themselves in the top flight finishing eighth in the league in the 1962-3 season.
It was not an easy start though. Liverpool took just three points from four matches in August 1962.
They lost their opening fixture, a home tie against Blackpool 1-2, took one point away at Manchester City, lost 1-0 away at Blackburn Rovers and then beat Manchester City 4-1 at Anfield.
Our photo shows full back Ronnie Moran scoring from the penalty spot against Manchester City at Maine Road. The game ended in a 2-2 draw.
Liverpool’s formidable set of attacking midfielders and strikers managed to score 71 goals in their first season back in the top flight, putting five past Tottenham, Orient and Birmingham City.
Our archive image from January 1962 shows the forward quintet of Ian Callaghan, Roger Hunt, Ian St John, Jimmy Melia and Alan A’Court training at Melwood.
Winger A’Court joined Liverpool from Prescot Cables FC in 1952 and made his senior debut against Middlesbrough in February 1953.
He played three times for England in the 1958 World Cup when he stood in for Tom Finney.
A’Court appeared in all 42 league games of the 1961-2 Second Division Championship campaign, scoring eight goals.
The strikers hit top gear in the 1963-4 season, with Liverpool notching up 92 league goals to take the First Division title with 57 points. Manchester United finished second with 54 points.
Gordon Wallace headed a rare goal in the 3-2 win over Arsenal at Anfield in the first match of the 1964-5 season. He made only 20 first team appearances from 1962 to 1967.
The game on August 22nd was also memorable for being the first ever BBC Match of the Day. The broadcast was briefly interrupted by a pitch invasion – not by fans but a black cat that took up residence in the Liverpool goal!
It must have brought good luck because Liverpool went on to win the FA Cup that season, beating Leeds United 2-1 at Wembley.
One of the highlights was the clash of the titans Tommy Smith of Liverpool and Norman Hunter of Leeds. As our photo shows, no quarter was given!
Smith was one of the most skillful yet toughest defenders around. From the mid-1960s, he was the regular choice for right back, taking part in all 42 league fixtures in the 1965-66, 1966-7 and 1968-9 seasons.
But even Smith, with all the robustness of a brick outhouse, occasionally needed medical treatment. And who better to give it than club physio Bob Paisley as our final picture from November 1969 clearly shows.
A new decade was dawning – and the two men at the treatment table would soon be major players in a stunning new era for the Reds.