IT WAS a blank day for Huddersfields major sporting teams, with Town, Fartown and the Old Boys all crashing to Lancashire opposition.
Liverpool broke Town's best home attendance record of the season (and their hearts), while Swinton ended the Fartowners hopes of establishing a new post-war club record of 12 successive League victories when they crashed at Station Road.
And to complete Huddersfield's misery, the Rugby Union side went down to another Merseyside outfit, St Helens, at Waterloo.
Leeds Road welcomed the return of Bill Shankly and his Liverpool team who, although still well out in front at the top of the Second Division had only averaged a point a game from the last six matches.
A crowd of approaching 20,000 were still filing in when Town won the toss and kicked off, Ken Taylor having to produce a sliding tackle to deny Ian St John, but on the next attack, the same player put in a glorious pass to send Jimmy Melia through a spreadeagled Town defence and the Liverpool inside left shot on the run from 20 yards out and the ball rocketed into the roof of the net, well wide of the diving Harry Fearnley.
Town fought back however, and after a half clearance from big Ron Yates, John McCann latched onto a half chance and fired a hard shot that brought a brilliant diving save by visiting keeper Bert Slater.
And seconds later Kevin McHale had another chance, but his effort was half-hearted and failed to trouble the Pool stopper.
The visitors were definitely on top and the lively St John was here, there and everywhere, while Roger Hunt headed against the crossbar and St John fired over the top with Fearnley still on the deck.
But then suddenly, out of the blue, Town struck back following an in-swinging corner from Mike O'Grady which eluded everyone in the goalmouth, leaving McHale to nip in from an unmarked position and drive the ball home from five yards for the equaliser.
Liverpool were now getting a dose of their own treatment as Jimmy Kerray forced another good save from Slater in Town's best spell.
However, it was not to last, as England World Cup player Alan A'Court knocked over a pinpoint cross for Hunt to head beyond Fearnley and restore Liverpool's lead.
In the second half Town battled hard to try for an equaliser, and thought they had one, when McHale skipper through a tackle, raced away and around the keeper before stabbing the ball into the net, only for the referee to award Liverpool a free-kick, deeming the Town player had controlled the ball with his hand before racing away.
The same player later had a penalty appeal turned down, while a Ray Wilson pile-driver flashed inches wide of the post as Liverpool hung on in front of an eventual crowd of 23,086 spectators.