Ian St John – Liverpool FC Legend

Ian St. John is considered by many, to be one of the most important signings ever made by Liverpool Football Club, at a time when they were languishing in the Second Division, Ian St. John became a key player in a Liverpool team that rose from football mediocrity to become champions of the English league, and began an era of domination both in England and Europe, that would last for the best part of thirty years.

Born in Scotland in 1938, he began his football career at Motherwell in 1956, the team he had supported as a child. St. John soon established himself in the first team and he is credited with one of the fastest ever hat-tricks, a time of two minutes and thirty seconds, while playing for Motherwell against Hibernian in 1959.

St. John’s ability didn’t go unnoticed and in 1961 he signed for Liverpool for a then club record fee of 37,500, which was money well spent according to manager Bill Shankly, and he was right, he scored a hat-trick against Merseyside rivals Everton in his first game for Liverpool, and although Liverpool actually lost that game, he had signalled his intent.

Ian St. John quickly became a fans favourite, and although only short in stature (five feet and seven inches tall) he was a very big presence on the pitch. As well as his goal scoring, he was renowned for his great ball control, passing and despite his height, he also had a great ability for heading the ball.

During the 1961-62 season Liverpool won the Second Division title and with that promotion back to the First Division, scoring 22 goals during the ufabet เว็บออนไลน์อันดับ1 season; a goal tally he would repeat as Liverpool won the First division title in the 1963-64 season.

Ian St. John will be remembered for scoring one of Liverpool’s most important ever goals, the extra-time winning goal against Leeds United in the FA Cup Final of 1965, a goal which scored with a header to give Liverpool a 2-1 victory, and secured the first cup for Liverpool in seventy-three years.

As time passed his goals for Liverpool became less, as did his appearances, and he finally signed for Coventry in 1971 after making 425 appearances and scoring 118 goals for Liverpool.