Jimmy Greaves and others pay tribute to ‘nice footballer’ Ian St John after Liverpool legend’s dying
St John grew to become greatest recognized to a brand new technology of soccer followers by presenting the weekly tv present Saint and Greavsie alongside former Tottenham Hotspur and England ahead Greaves.
London: Jimmy Greaves was amongst these paying tribute to a “nice footballer” after it was introduced on 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 Invoice Shankly that received two league titles in 1964 and 1966.
He additionally received a spot in Liverpool followers’ hearts eternally with one of the vital iconic targets of their historical past – the winner in further time to safe their first FA Cup ultimate triumph in opposition to Leeds in 1965.
However St John grew to become greatest recognized to a brand new technology 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 nice enjoyable engaged on the Saint and Greavsie,” mentioned an announcement on Greaves’ official Twitter account.
“He was a stunning man & can be sadly missed by many many individuals. We should additionally keep in mind he was a fantastic footballer for Invoice Shankly’s Liverpool and past.”
St John scored 118 targets in 425 appearances for Liverpool from 1961-1971.
He made an instantaneous influence after being purchased from Motherwell for a then club-record payment of £37,500 in securing promotion to the outdated First Division, the forerunner of England’s Premier League, within the 1961/62 marketing campaign.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 Soccer Membership is deeply saddened by the passing of Reds legend Ian St John, aged 82,” learn a membership assertion.
“The ideas of everybody at Liverpool Soccer Membership are with Ian’s household and mates at this unhappy and troublesome time. Relaxation 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’s with a heavy coronary heart that we now have to tell you that after an extended sickness we now have misplaced a husband, father and grandfather,” learn an announcement type the St John household.
“He handed away peacefully together with his household at his bedside.
“We wish to thank all of the workers at Arrowe Park Hospital for his or her onerous work and dedication throughout these very troublesome occasions.”
St John – who was one among six youngsters and labored for some time in a steelworks like his father Alex who had died when he was six-years-old – was identified with bladder most cancers in 2014.
Motherwell, for whom he scored 80 targets in 113 league video games, additionally issued an announcement.
“We’re deeply saddened by the passing of Ian St John. Our ideas are together with his household and mates at this troublesome time.”
Former Liverpool and England defender Jamie Carragher, who like St John has gone to develop into a revered pundit, tweeted his personal tribute.
“RIP Ian St John.
“One other Liverpool Legend sadly passes away. One of many gamers together with Invoice Shankly who made this membership what it’s at present.
“I am going to keep in mind him most on the perfect soccer present on television, The Saint & Greavsie. X.”
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