Trending Topics

      Next match: LFC v Huddersfield [Premier League] Fri 26th Apr @ 8:00 pm - Pre Match Topic
      Anfield

      Today is the 25th of April and on this date LFC's match record is P25 W9 D9 L7

      RIP Tommy Smith: 1945-2019

      Read 691 times
      0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.
      Lallana in Pyjamas
      • Forum Legend - Benitez
      • *****
      • Started Topic

      • 1,037 posts | 393 
      RIP Tommy Smith: 1945-2019
      Apr 12, 2019 06:41:45 pm
      Sad news

      https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.bbc.co.uk/sport/amp/football/47913937 :(

      Former Liverpool captain Tommy Smith, who helped the club to domestic and European success in the 1960s and 1970s, has died aged 74.



      Known as the "Anfield Iron", Smith had an 18-year career at Anfield, during which he won four league titles.

      He scored in the 1977 European Cup final as Liverpool beat Borussia Monchengladbach 3-1 to win the trophy for the first time.

      Liverpool said that they were "deeply saddened" by his death.

      Smith, who made 638 appearances for the Reds between 1960 and 1978, had struggled with dementia and other ailments during his later years.

      His daughter, Janette Simpson, told the club website on Friday: "Dad died very peacefully in his sleep shortly after 4.30pm today at his nursing home.

      "He had been growing increasingly frail and suffering from a variety of ailments over the last three months especially.

      "We are obviously all devastated."
      'He was a leader' - Liverpool greats pay tribute

      Tommy Smith (left)
      Tommy Smith's (left) goal helped Liverpool beat Borussia Monchengladbach in the 1977 European Cup final

      Former Liverpool manager and player Roy Evans paid tribute to Smith, who was his best man at his wedding.

      "It's a big loss and I know he's not been very well for a year now," Evans told BBC Radio 5 Live. "He was a great guy; he helped me through my career.

      "He was a normal guy. We had a lot of fun together. He used to look after me when I first came to Liverpool. We'd go out and have a couple of beers.

      "On the pitch he was very physical, but he was also a very good footballer. He was a leader. There will be a lot of very sad people tonight."

      Former Liverpool midfielder Kenny Dalglish said Smith helped him settle in when he made the move from Celtic to Merseyside in 1977.

      He told the club website: "Smith was a fantastic servant. He was a great advert for Liverpool football club. It's very sad to see him go, but his memories will be there forever.

      Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher tweeted that Smith was "one of the club's all-time greats", a sentiment echoed by Reds chief Peter Moore, and ex-striker Michael Owen said he was a "legendary player".
      'Liverpool legend in every single way'

      Former Reds defender Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5 Live

      "He was a Liverpool great, a really good player and a beautiful striker of the ball. He played in the midfield and in the defence, and he took no prisoners.

      "Tommy was a leader of men. Just to be able to play three positions in an outstanding team was great.

      "All he ever wanted to do was play for Liverpool and the reason he played so many games was because he played injured. He really was a Liverpool legend in every single way."
      « Last Edit: Apr 13, 2019 01:08:14 am by JD »
      therealjr
      • LFC Reds Subscriber
      • *****
      • 784 posts | 65 
      Re: RIP Tommy Smith
      Reply #1: Apr 12, 2019 06:49:39 pm
      RIP The Anfield Iron 😥
      Redangel
      • Forum Legend - Fagan
      • *****

      • 4,857 posts | 362 
      Re: RIP Tommy Smith
      Reply #2: Apr 12, 2019 06:51:49 pm
      Was just about to post this. I remember him playing, Liverpool through and through, a hard but fair footballer. Football took its toll on his physical health and latterly Ibelieve he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. A real gentleman when you had the pleasure to meet him, taken too soon. RIP Tommy, deepest sympathies to all his family and friends. Another true legend gone, let’s give him the send off he deserves on Sunday! YNWA.
      beardo number 7
      • Forum John Toshack
      • ***

      • 266 posts | 64 
      Re: RIP Tommy Smith
      Reply #3: Apr 12, 2019 07:03:37 pm
      RIP Tommy 😢😢😢
      MIRO
      • LFC Reds Subscriber
      • *****
      • 11,952 posts | 2507 
      Re: RIP Tommy Smith: 1945-2019
      Reply #4: Apr 12, 2019 07:09:11 pm
      A shock ....  but it comes to us all.

      A pleasure to see him play ... a real hard man of the game ....but always fair.

      R.I.P. The Anfield Iron.


      After the Olympics we on the Kop adopted a saying  ..

      Tommy Smith    Red Power !
      RedPuppy
      • LFC Reds Subscriber
      • *****
      • 17,283 posts | 1863 
      • Parum Rutilus Canis: Illegitimi non carborundum
      Re: RIP Tommy Smith: 1945-2019
      Reply #5: Apr 12, 2019 07:10:23 pm

      Tommy Smith: Legend RIP


      Birthdate: 5 April 1945
      Birthplace: Liverpool, England
      Other clubs: Tampa Bay Rowdies (loan 1976), Los Angeles Aztecs (loan 1978), Swansea City (1978-79)
      Bought from: Local
      Signed for LFC: Joined 1960 - Professional 05.04.1962
      International debut: 19.05.1971 vs. Wales
      International caps: 1/0
      Liverpool debut: 08.05.1963
      Last appearance: 25.04.1978
      Debut goal: 29.08.1964
      Last goal: 08.04.1978
      Contract expiry: 17.08.1978
      Win ratio: 53.76% W:343 D:165 L:130
      Honours: League Championship 1965/66, 1972/73, 1975/76, 1976/77; FA Cup 1965, 1974; European Cup 1977; UEFA Cup 1973, 1976
      LFC league games/goals: 467 / 36
      Total LFC games/goals: 638 / 48
      https://www.lfchistory.net/Players/Player/Profile/413

      The goal that even Roy of the Rovers wanted to be Tommy Smith.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elslazJQBM4
      RedPuppy
      • LFC Reds Subscriber
      • *****
      • 17,283 posts | 1863 
      • Parum Rutilus Canis: Illegitimi non carborundum
      Re: RIP Tommy Smith: 1945-2019
      Reply #6: Apr 12, 2019 07:13:37 pm
      Very sad news, will always be a legend, always remember the quote, "If you can't get the man, go for the ball".

      Condolences to all of his family and friends. RIP.
      David Wright
      • LFC Reds Subscriber
      • *****
      • 2,940 posts | 162 
      Re: RIP Tommy Smith: 1945-2019
      Reply #7: Apr 12, 2019 07:17:03 pm
      Very sad news, fully agree with the above post. Great Liverpool player who gave his all for the club.
      FATKOPITE10
      • LFC Reds Subscriber
      • *****
      • 9,859 posts | 1666 
      • Liverpool fc give me tourettes
      Re: RIP Tommy Smith: 1945-2019
      Reply #8: Apr 12, 2019 07:17:32 pm
      Always used to see him hobbling around after home games, always thought he was like that because he played for us , such sad news
      HScRed1
      • LFC Reds Subscriber
      • *****
      • 14,327 posts | 2934 
      Re: RIP Tommy Smith: 1945-2019
      Reply #9: Apr 12, 2019 07:25:54 pm
      Passing of a LFC Legend

      RIP Tommy

      YNWA
      Boston not la
      • Forum Legend - Benitez
      • *****

      • 2,011 posts | 389 
      Re: RIP Tommy Smith: 1945-2019
      Reply #10: Apr 12, 2019 07:32:28 pm
      RIP respect and regards to family,friends. 
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvNm-kQwJuk
      Scotia
      • LFC Reds Subscriber
      • *****
      • 8,254 posts | 2356 
      Re: RIP Tommy Smith: 1945-2019
      Reply #11: Apr 12, 2019 07:35:50 pm
      RIP Tommy.

      Legend of a player and servant.

      Some unfortunate and - let’s be honest - unacceptable  comments shouldn’t obscure an enormous legacy.
      The Real Donavan Ried
      • Forum Legend - Fagan
      • *****

      • 4,984 posts | 907 
      Re: RIP Tommy Smith: 1945-2019
      Reply #12: Apr 12, 2019 07:38:38 pm
      RIP Tommy.

      There a specail place in Heaven for you
      Harrisimo
      • Forum Legend - Fagan
      • *****

      • 2,587 posts | 352 
      Re: RIP Tommy Smith: 1945-2019
      Reply #13: Apr 12, 2019 07:40:47 pm
      Terrible news. One of the greats. Had much more skill than met the eye but it was his physical strength that stood out.Saw him play hundreds of times. So sad but a great life to be celebrated.

      RIP Tommy Smith.MBE.
      « Last Edit: Apr 12, 2019 10:20:37 pm by Harrisimo »
      LFC PAUL
      • Forum Paul Walsh
      • **

      • 114 posts |
      Re: RIP Tommy Smith: 1945-2019
      Reply #14: Apr 12, 2019 07:42:05 pm
      RIP AMEN
      Brian78
      • Forum Legend - Paisley
      • *****

      • 14,635 posts | 1118 
      • A Liverbird upon my chest
      Re: RIP Tommy Smith: 1945-2019
      Reply #15: Apr 12, 2019 07:58:32 pm
      True LEGEND

      RIP the iron
      waltonl4
      • LFC Reds Subscriber
      • *****
      • 26,156 posts | 3382 
      Re: RIP Tommy Smith: 1945-2019
      Reply #16: Apr 12, 2019 08:23:52 pm
      lets get one thing straight despite his hardman image this man could play football . He has struggled for some time with poor health and 74 seems quite young these days. full back, centre half or midfield he could play any of these positions. Very sad news but one by one Shanks is getting his boys back. RIP Tommy one of the very best
      andylfcynwa
      • Forum Legend - Dalglish
      • *****

      • 7,462 posts | 751 
      Re: RIP Tommy Smith: 1945-2019
      Reply #17: Apr 12, 2019 08:25:34 pm
      RIP the iron that goal in Rome lives long in the memory .
      saille29
      • Forum Emlyn Hughes
      • ****

      • 712 posts | 31 
      Re: RIP Tommy Smith: 1945-2019
      Reply #18: Apr 12, 2019 08:40:28 pm
      Massive respect for the man at Anfield on Sunday, gonna be emotional
      Frankly, Mr Shankly
      • Forum Legend - Paisley
      • *****

      • 19,513 posts | 4903 
      • YNWA
      Re: RIP Tommy Smith: 1945-2019
      Reply #19: Apr 12, 2019 08:45:27 pm
      Terribly sad news that. So sad to hear those of those players from a golden age that is still talked about as though it was yesterday passing away.

      He looked an absolute warrior. It must have been an honour for those who saw him live.

      Rest in peace.
      GERNS
      • Forum Legend - Dalglish
      • *****

      • 7,089 posts | 476 
      Re: RIP Tommy Smith: 1945-2019
      Reply #20: Apr 12, 2019 08:47:00 pm
      What a man. What a Red. One of my first, all out hero’s of the game.
      Rest in peace Tommy.
      Never forget you or your heroic service to the club !
      jimbo1962
      • Forum David Johnson
      • **

      • 218 posts | 30 
      Re: RIP Tommy Smith: 1945-2019
      Reply #21: Apr 12, 2019 09:01:33 pm
      Tommy and the squad of 71 are my earliest Liverpool memory.
      RIP Tommy
      Fourbrick
      • Forum Emlyn Hughes
      • ****

      • 676 posts | 160 
      Re: RIP Tommy Smith: 1945-2019
      Reply #22: Apr 12, 2019 09:10:56 pm
      So sorry to hear the news about our hero, Tommy. A very hard, but fair man, who was a credit to his family, the club and the city. God bless and R.I.P.Tom.
      Alfie2510
      • Forum Legend - Benitez
      • *****

      • 2,496 posts | 345 
      Re: RIP Tommy Smith: 1945-2019
      Reply #23: Apr 12, 2019 10:02:55 pm
      Legend. RIP
      Keith Singleton
      • LFC Reds Subscriber
      • *****
      • 5,330 posts | 547 
      Re: RIP Tommy Smith: 1945-2019
      Reply #24: Apr 12, 2019 10:03:46 pm
      He was like a little jack Russell on the pitch and took no prisoners  :D RIP

      Quick Reply