Jimmy Greaves was amongst these paying tribute to a “great footballer” after it was introduced Tuesday that his shut buddy Ian St John, the previous Liverpool striker, had died aged 82 following an extended sickness. Scotland ahead St John was a pivotal participant within the first nice Liverpool facet constructed by Bill Shankly that gained two league titles in 1964 and 1966.
He additionally gained a spot in Liverpool followers’ hearts perpetually with one of the vital iconic targets of their historical past — the winner in additional time to safe their first FA Cup closing triumph in opposition to Leeds in 1965.
But St John grew to become greatest recognized to a brand new era of soccer followers by presenting the weekly tv present ‘Saint and Greavsie’ alongside former Tottenham Hotspur and England ahead Greaves.
“Ian St John and I had great fun working on the Saint and Greavsie,” mentioned a press release on Greaves’ official Twitter account.
“He was a lovely man & will be sadly missed by many many people. We must also remember he was a great footballer for Bill Shankly’s Liverpool and beyond.”
St John scored 118 targets in 425 appearances for Liverpool from 1961-1971.
He made a direct influence after being purchased from Motherwell for a then club-record charge of £37,500 in securing promotion to the outdated First Division, the forerunner of England’s Premier League, within the 1961/62 marketing campaign.
“Liverpool Football Club is deeply saddened by the passing of Reds legend Ian St John, aged 82,” learn a membership assertion.
“The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool Football Club are with Ian’s family and friends at this sad and difficult time. Rest in peace, Ian St John 1938-2021.”
St John, who scored 9 targets in 21 appearances for Scotland from 1959-65, went on to handle Motherwell and Portsmouth after retiring as a participant.
“It is with a heavy heart that we have to inform you that after a long illness we have lost a husband, father and grandfather,” learn a press release type the St John household.
“He passed away peacefully with his family at his bedside.
“We wish to thank all of the employees at Arrowe Park Hospital for his or her arduous work and dedication throughout these very troublesome occasions.”
St John — who was one of six children and worked for a while in a steelworks like his father Alex who had died when he was six-years-old — was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2014.
Motherwell, for whom he scored 80 goals in 113 league games, also issued a statement.
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Ian St John. Our ideas are along with his household and associates at this troublesome time.”
Former Liverpool and England defender Jamie Carragher, who like St John has gone to change into a revered pundit, tweeted his personal tribute.
“RIP Ian St John.
“Another Liverpool Legend sadly passes away. One of the players along with Bill Shankly who made this club what it is today.
“I’ll bear in mind him most on the perfect soccer present on television, The Saint & Greavsie. X.”
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