1983–84 season

The 1983-84 season marked Liverpool Football Club’s 92nd year and 22nd consecutive season in the First Division. Under new manager Joe Fagan, succeeding Bob Paisley, Liverpool embarked on a historic journey. Fagan’s debut season culminated in Liverpool achieving a remarkable first: winning three major trophies – the league title, European Cup, and League Cup. Notable victories included triumphs over Roma in the European Cup final and Merseyside rivals Everton in the League Cup final replay. Led by prolific striker Ian Rush, the team showcased unparalleled excellence. Despite midfielder Graeme Souness‘ departure to Sampdoria, Liverpool’s legacy endured, solidifying their status among football’s greatest teams.

Who was the first European team to win a treble?

Any achievement of winning three major trophies in a single season, typically comprising a domestic league title, a domestic cup competition, and a continental competition constitutes a treble. While any trio of trophies can be termed as a treble, a ‘genuine treble’ entails winning the most prestigious trophies at the highest level of football.

Celtic Football Club holds the distinction of being the first team to achieve a treble in European football. They accomplished this feat during the 1966-67 season, winning the Scottish League title, the Scottish Cup, and the European Cup. Their historic achievement set the benchmark for future clubs aspiring to secure a treble, solidifying their place in footballing lore. Now, let’s begin the journey to Liverpool’s 1983-84 season first treble.

The Turns of Events

The 1983-84 season was a pivotal chapter in Liverpool Football Club’s storied history, marked by transition, resilience, and unprecedented triumphs. Following the retirement of Bob Paisley, the club’s most successful manager, Joe Fagan assumed the managerial reins, heralding a new era of leadership. The season commenced with mixed fortunes. Despite a loss to Manchester United in the FA Charity Shield and a draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the league opener, Liverpool’s quest for glory gained momentum in September. Victories over Odense in the European Cup and a promising league position hinted at a season of promise.

1983-84 season

December delivered both triumph and tribulation. A humbling defeat to Coventry City was swiftly followed by a resounding victory over Notts County, emphasizing the team’s ability to rebound from adversity. January marked the beginning of a defining phase. While a draw with Manchester United maintained their league position, a shock FA Cup defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion exposed vulnerabilities. However, triumphs in the League Cup and league provided a glimmer of hope for a historic treble.

February saw Liverpool maintain their league dominance while overcoming Walsall in the League Cup semi-finals, setting the stage for a riveting final against Merseyside rivals Everton. March proved to be a month of triumph as Liverpool clinched their first trophy of the season in the League Cup final against Everton. European success against Benfica further cemented their legacy, while league dominance remained unchallenged. April brought both anticipation and tension as Liverpool approached the brink of their 15th league title. Despite setbacks against Stoke City and Leicester City, their European Cup journey continued unabated, culminating in a place in the final.

May proved to be the pinnacle of Liverpool’s season. A resilient draw against Birmingham City preceded a commanding victory over Coventry City, propelling them to league glory. The European Cup final against AS Roma ended in triumph, as Liverpool secured a historic treble, etching their name in footballing folklore.

The Squad

Goalkeepers: 1983-84 season
  • Bob Bolder (England) – Backup goalkeeper providing cover and competition for the starting position.
  • Bruce Grobbelaar (Zimbabwe) – First-choice goalkeeper known for his agility and eccentric style, crucial for organizing the defense.
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Defenders: 1983-84 season
  • Jim Beglin (Republic of Ireland) – Left-back known for his defensive prowess and overlapping runs.
  • Gary Gillespie (Scotland) – Center-back providing stability and aerial prowess in defense.
  • Alan Hansen (Scotland) – Composed center-back with excellent ball-playing skills, vital for building attacks from the back.
  • Alan Kennedy (England) – Attacking left-back known for his overlapping runs and defensive solidity.
  • Mark Lawrenson (Republic of Ireland) – Versatile defender capable of playing in multiple positions, adding flexibility to the backline.
  • John McGregor (Scotland) – Defensive cover offering depth and experience in defense.
  • Phil Neal (England) – Experienced right-back known for his consistency and leadership.
  • Steve Nicol (Scotland) – Versatile defender capable of playing in multiple positions, providing defensive cover and attacking support.
  • Phil Thompson (England) – Experienced center-back and captain, offering leadership and defensive stability.
Midfielders: 1983-84 season
  • Craig Johnston (England) – Dynamic midfielder known for his creativity and work rate on the wings.
  • Sammy Lee (England) – Energetic midfielder providing defensive cover and work rate in midfield.
  • Graeme Souness (Scotland) – Midfield general and captain, known for his leadership, tough tackling, and ability to dictate the tempo.
  • John Wark (Scotland) – Box-to-box midfielder contributing defensively and offensively, known for his goal-scoring ability.
  • Ronnie Whelan (Republic of Ireland) – Energetic midfielder with versatility and goal-scoring prowess, contributing to both defense and attack.
Attackers: 1983-84 season
  • Kenny Dalglish (Scotland) – Legendary forward with exceptional vision and technical skill, pivotal in the attack.
  • David Hodgson (England) – Forward offering depth and options in the attacking department.
  • Michael Robinson (England) – Forward providing support and options in the attacking line.
  • Ian Rush (Wales) – Prolific striker known for his goal-scoring ability and clinical finishing, leading the attack line.

Which Other Teams Have Won the Treble?

Several elite football clubs have achieved the prestigious treble, winning three major trophies in a single season. Celtic set the benchmark by clinching the treble during the 1966/67 season. Ajax followed suit in 1971/72, establishing their dominance in European football. Other notable treble-winning clubs include PSV Eindhoven (1987/88), Manchester United (1998/99), Barcelona (2008/09 and 2014/15), Inter Milan (2009/10), Bayern München (2012/13 and 2019/20), and Manchester City (2022/23). These clubs etched their names in footballing history by conquering their domestic leagues, domestic cup competitions, and continental tournaments in a single season, showcasing unparalleled excellence and dominance on both national and international stages.


Achieving a treble in football is a rare and remarkable feat, reserved for the most exceptional teams in the sport’s history. These clubs, from Celtic to Liverpool in the 1983-84 season, and Manchester City, have showcased unparalleled skill, determination, and teamwork to secure three major trophies in a single season. Their triumphs have not only solidified their place in footballing lore but have also inspired generations of players and fans alike. The treble represents the pinnacle of success in football, symbolizing the ultimate achievement for clubs aspiring to greatness on both domestic and international fronts.

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By Solomon Githinji

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