Legendernes tråd

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Re: Legendernes tråd

Indlæg af Cynwal » søndag, 24. apr, 2016 16:55

Hafsteinsson skrev:
Cynwal skrev:
Hafsteinsson skrev:
Cynwal skrev:
ScouserTommy skrev:
Som en tilføjelse kan det nævnes, at Callaghan fortsatte sin aktive karriere som fodboldspiller i Swansea i 3 år efter, at hans kontrakt med Liverpool ophørte, blot for at sætte det i relief til Mr. Keats 22-årige karriere for Liverpool.
Jepper - John Toschack købte hårdt ind i den gamle Liverpool trup, og Ian Callaghan blev bl.a. fulgt af Ray Kennedy og Jimmy Case. Case havde oven i købet den "frækhed" at score det enlige m¨ål, da Swansea vandt 1-0 over Liverpool (taget fra hukommelsen - IKKE google tjekket!!)
Steve Heighway - Fra en tid, hvor der fandtes rigtige wings og kvalificerede indlæg, og hvor TV var nuancer af grå og SKolen var Sort.

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Re: Legendernes tråd

Indlæg af Cynwal » fredag, 13. maj, 2016 09:14

Steve Heighway tildelt "Lifetime Achievement Award" ved klubbens prisuddelings aften i går aftes (12/5 2016).
....og yderst fortjent efter min overbevisning!

"Steve Heighway...? Hedder han ikke Stevie?" vil sikkert være mange yngres første reaktion. Men nej, det er skam Steve, og som den originale tekst til "Fields of Anfield Road" lyder:

"We had Heighway on the wing
We had dreams and songs to sing",

så var Heighway i sin tid som spiller en ægte, klassisk venstre wing, med de mest fantastiske indlæg.

Klubbens første af de 5 store stjerner (Mesterholdenes finale i 1977) huskes meget som Kevin Keegans store kamp,
men lige bag ham, var det i høj grad Heighways fortjeneste, at vi vandt den første pokal med de store ører.
Heighway var arkitekten bag målet til 1-0, og smider et super hjørnespark lige i panden på Tommy Smith til 2-1.
I Allan Simonsens bog "Mine gyldne mål" beskriver han, hvordan Heighway gang på gang terroriserede BM Gladbachs forsvar.

Når man taler med andre fra min generation, som så Tipsfodbold i 70'erne, så er det betegnende, at når navnet Heighway nævnes, så får de fleste et drømmende blik og et saligt smil på munden, uanset om de så selv holdt (holder - man skifter jo ALDRIG klub!)
med Arsenal, Derby, Nottingham Forest - ja selv Manchester United tilhængere kan finde et lille anerkendende nik frem.

Men Heighway får minst lige så meget Lifetime Achievement Awards prisen for hans mange år som Direktør for klubbens ungdomsakademi. Heighways tid som Direktør, står stadig som Akademiets Guldalder. Under Heighways "regime" frembragte akademiet spillere som Robbie "God" Fowler, Michael Owen, Jamie Carragher og Steven Gerrard.

Heighway startede som Direktør for Akademiet i 1989, og stoppede i 2007, efter uenighed med Benitez, som ville have større indflydelse på Akademiet. For nylig har nuværende Akedemidirektør, Alex Inglethorpe, så inviteret Steve Heighway tilbage til Akedemiet, hvor han igen er med til at træne ungdomstalenterne.

STORT TILLYKKE TIL HEIGHWAY

....og så er der en lækker præsentationsvideo samt Heighways takketale frit tilgængelig på klubbens hjemmeside:
http://www.liverpoolfc.com/video/latest-videos#26379
Steve Heighway - Fra en tid, hvor der fandtes rigtige wings og kvalificerede indlæg, og hvor TV var nuancer af grå og SKolen var Sort.

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Re: Legendernes tråd

Indlæg af RedRedRed » torsdag, 24. nov, 2016 14:10

Gerrard stopper karrieren.

Tak for alt Captain Fantastic! (og på gensyn..)

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Re: Legendernes tråd

Indlæg af Sledgehammer » torsdag, 24. nov, 2016 16:31

RedRedRed skrev:Gerrard stopper karrieren.

Tak for alt Captain Fantastic! (og på gensyn..)
Der har været så mange klassespillere i klubben gennem tiderne at det - for mig ihf - er umuligt at udpege den allerstørste (hvordan sammenligner man fx Stevie med Ian Rush eller Kenny D med Alan Hansen?), men Stevie er uden tvivl med i feltet, ikke mindst pga hans loyalitet i en svær periode, hvor titlerne var få og han havde massevis af tilbud fra mere succesrige klubber :love3:

Hvor er det synd at han aldrig fik den PrL titel. Som spiller, altså, måske han en dag får den som medlem af trænerstaben? Det ville være episk.
Anfield Iron

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Re: Legendernes tråd

Indlæg af AndreasN » torsdag, 24. nov, 2016 18:08

Godt nok en blandet følelse, at han stopper. For mig personligt er han den første og eneste football hero. Der kommer desværre ikke en som ham i Liverpool eller nogen anden klub for den sags skyld igen.

Tak for alt!
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Tommy Smith: The Anfield Iron who conquered Europe with his beloved Liverpool

Legend has it that mothers in Liverpool kept a picture of Tommy Smith on the mantelpiece to keep their children away from the fire.
Known as the ‘Anfield Iron’, former Liverpool captain Smith, who helped the Reds to domestic and European success in the 1960s and 1970s, has died aged 74.
A defensive rock of whom manager Bill Shankly once said he “wasn’t born, he was quarried”, Smith spent an 18-year career at Anfield during which he won four league titles and the European Cup in 1977.

In all Smith made 638 appearances for the Reds between 1963 and 1978. He was part of Shankly’s side which won the FA Cup for the first time in 1965.
Twelve years later he headed a crucial goal to help the Reds lift their first European Cup against Borussia Monchengladbach in Rome.

Born in Liverpool in April 1945, Smith grew up in the shadow of Anfield and joined the club he supported as a schoolboy in 1960, initially on the groundstaff, and then briefly as a centre-forward, before becoming a fearsome defensive enforcer.

Such was his growing reputation that the youngster was the subject of a transfer enquiry from Manchester United boss Matt Busby, quickly dismissed by Shankly.

He made his debut as a substitute on May 8, 1963, in a 5–1 home victory over Birmingham City.

An uncompromising tackler, Smith would strike fear into the hearts of opponents such as Bobby Charlton and Jimmy Greaves while allowing his gilded team-mates such as Ian St John, Roger Hunt, Kevin Keegan and Terry McDermott to thrive.

Yet Smith was not just a clogger, he could also play and scored 48 goals on his way to winning nine major trophies in total.
He was sent off just once in his top-flight career, and it was actually his mouth rather than his studs that got him into trouble after he swore at referee Clive Thomas in a match at Manchester City.

In 1973 he became the first Liverpool skipper to lift a European trophy, the UEFA Cup, but just a few months later Smith was dropped and stripped of the captaincy in favour of Emlyn Hughes, a man of whom his dislike was no secret.


With his Anfield career seemingly winding down, Smith had a spell on loan with Tampa Bay Rowdies in 1976.
Yet upon his return destiny was to hand Smith arguably his finest hour when an injury to Phil Thompson paved the way for him to play in the 1977 European showpiece and score with a towering header, on that famous night in Rome.

Smith left Liverpool in for Swansea, managed by his old Reds team-mate John Toshack, in 1978, and helped them to promotion from the old Third Division.

He received the MBE for services to football and retired from playing in 1979.

A brief return to Anfield as youth coach preceded a career as an after-dinner speaker and newspaper columnist, while Smith remained a keen follower of his old side.

His life was not without controversy, however, as former Liverpool team-mate Howard Gayle claimed in 2016 that Smith had made racist comments to him in training during their careers. In an interview with the Guardian on the matter Gayle called Smith a “disappointment” and a “complete let-down”.

Smith would take over the lease of Liverpool’s famous music venue, The Cavern Club, but years of crunching tackles had left him struggling to walk unaided, and Smith suffered a heart attack in 2007 before being diagnosed with Alzheimers and dementia in 2014. His wife Susanne had died from the same condition four years ago aged 71.
Smith is survived by daughter Janette, son Darren and four grandchildren; Matthew, William, Jessica and Imogen.

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Alex Raisbeck: The original Liverpool icon

WORDS BY SEB STAFFORD-BLOOR
April 13, 2019

Twerton Park is a strange place for a legend to flicker for the final time, but that’s where Alex Raisbeck’s career in football ended in 1939. As many others would discover over the next 80 years, great players didn’t necessarily make great coaches and by the time he was appointed by Bath City in 1938, Raisbeck had already suffered a relegation with Bristol City and unsuccessful spells with Halifax and Chester.

The outbreak of war and competitive football’s suspension brought an end to his time in the west country and, for the final ten years of his life, he returned to Liverpool to work as a scout.

Liverpool, a club of legends and where Raisbeck is such a key stitch in the tapestry. He made 312 appearances between 1898 and 1909, captaining Tom Watson’s side to both of their first two Football League championships. Other, more recent immortals are more tangible and their achievements exist far more vividly. Anyone can find clips of Bill Shankly’s oratory or watch footage of Kenny Dalgish’s goals; Raisbeck is more elusive though and has to be extracted from the layered hyperbole of the time.

Like this, from the Liverpool Echo‘s Victor Hall, writing in 1924.

“Let us recall his characteristics. Tall, lithe, sinuous, and yet gifted with muscular and physical development beyond the ordinary. Active to a degree, speed either on the turn or in flight, and with niche, at the addition of resourcefulness and judgement that would have been all sufficient in a other player, without those added gifts, methodical in training, painstaking in preparation, genial with his players and considerate with his committee. With a perfect blending of the qualities that to make a really great player!”

As charming as antiquated language often is, it can skimp on the detail. Even as recently as the 1950s, players were being described with passages which belonged in The Iliad. They would have superhuman characteristics, be drawn in generous physical proportions and, instead of listing their skills and effects, the commentators of the day would focus on their ‘vigour’ and ‘fortitude’. Flattering, no doubt, but not particularly useful.

Raisbeck was born in 1878 in Wallacestone, a Scottish village south of Falkirk. When Watson was constructing his first great Liverpool side (having already architected Sunderland’s Team Of All The Talents), he had followed conventional thinking: for craft and culture, head to Scotland. The DNA of English players was perceived to still be spoiled by the rough and tumble game played in public schools, and it’s not a coincidence that, ahead of the 1898 season, the club recruited so heavily from beyond Hadrian’s Wall. George Allan, Hugh Morgan, Tom Robertson and John Walker would all move south to Anfield that summer and Raisbeck, then 20, would also join from Hibernian for £350, having spent part of the previous season on a short-term contract at Stoke City.

He was a centre-half. From match-reports, not a particularly static one either and while there are plenty of descriptions of his rugged defending, often he’s portrayed as a roaming type, exerting influence up and down the pitch. Physically, he was also a spectacle. The average height of a man in 1900 was just under 5ft6 and Raisbeck stood at a towering 5ft9 and a hefty 13 stone; not quite a giant of his day, but certainly one of the more physically imposing players of the time.

“A man of Raisbeck’s proportions, style and carriage would rivet attention anywhere.”

It’s a habit of the time. For most of the next half-century, football writing seemed to retain its fascination with size and strength. Long before the intellectualisation of the sport and the dawn of dead-behind-the-eyes analysis, players were treated with a strange sort of wonder – reliably, the very best were observed as a kind of super species, capable of all sorts of unlikely feats.

But, in accordance with the geographical stereotype, Raisbeck was also a cultured footballer. Many celebrations of his career talk as much his grace as much as they do his grit, and his balance as well as his bulk. It’s still hard to imagine what he would have looked like carrying the ball forward or just how powerful his tackling was, but it provides enough of an outline: he was Liverpool’s granite centre.

But perhaps how he played isn’t so important. Or, at least, maybe it’s his role in Liverpool’s first ascent which really fossilised his legend.

In 1892, then-Everton president John Houlding found himself on the losing side of a bitter internal squabble. Houlding was also the Anfield landlord and had created friction by trying to capitalise on the club’s early success (Everton won the First Division in 1891) through a series rent increases. The effect, eventually, was a split: he would keep Anfield, but the other board members, the team, its identity and history, would flee across Stanley Park to Walton.

He needed a team to play in his empty ground and, in June 1892, Liverpool Football Club was born. It’s an important detail to remember, because it stresses just how young they were. They entered the First Division for the first time in just their third year of existence and, despite a quick, brutal relegation, they had rebounded successfully enough to win the title by their ninth year.

Raisbeck was not the only decisive factor in that first success. Watson’s arrival from Sunderland in 1896 was hugely significant and the excellent recruitment he oversaw was obviously pivotal. The signing of centre-forward Sam Raybould in January 1900 – and the 128 goals in 228 appearances he would return – was also of vast importance.

But Raisbeck captained that side, which certainly helps to frame his role within the era, and he was also still in place when Liverpool rebounded from relegation in 1904 to win their second league championship in 1906. In the final ten games of 1900-01, they conceded just twice on the way to overhauling Sunderland and capturing that maiden title; clearly, to have played centre-half for that team is to be deserving of immortality.

But Raisbeck seems to have been both fulcrum and figurehead. In The Anatomy Of Liverpool: A History In Ten Games, Jonathan Wilson describes that initial chasing down as being emblematic of the “restless spirit’ which would come to form part of the club’s long term identity.

“It had been the kind of late season charge which would define Liverpool during their golden era of the 1970s and early 1980s: a template had been forged.”

It’s a romantic angle, but it’s hard to dispute. Liverpool, probably more than any other club, remain intertwined with the idea of dragging the iron from the fire and snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. The run to the 1986 First Division title and the pipping of Everton, for instance, Steven Gerrard’s FA Cup final goal against West Ham, or – most famously – Istanbul. The symmetry is too seductive to ignore and it’s easy to trace those roots back to Raisbeck and that first improbable triumph.

Liverpool is also unquestionably a club of icons. Its eras have always been defined by personalities, either on the pitch or to its side. Shankly and Souness, Dalgish and Gerrard. Perhaps that too is templated and can be traced back to Raisbeck: the kind of towering, magnetic presence which the club and its supporters have always flocked towards. He was both talisman and icon, the first in the long line that would follow.

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