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      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 »
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      Reply #1: Apr 12, 2019 06:49:39 pm
      RIP The Anfield Iron 😥
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      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.
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      Reply #3: Apr 12, 2019 07:03:37 pm
      RIP Tommy 😢😢😢
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      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 !
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      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
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      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.
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      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.
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      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
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      Reply #9: Apr 12, 2019 07:25:54 pm
      Passing of a LFC Legend

      RIP Tommy

      YNWA
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      Reply #10: Apr 12, 2019 07:32:28 pm
      RIP respect and regards to family,friends. 
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvNm-kQwJuk
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      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.
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      Reply #12: Apr 12, 2019 07:38:38 pm
      RIP Tommy.

      There a specail place in Heaven for you
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      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 »
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      Reply #14: Apr 12, 2019 07:42:05 pm
      RIP AMEN
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      Reply #15: Apr 12, 2019 07:58:32 pm
      True LEGEND

      RIP the iron
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      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
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      Reply #17: Apr 12, 2019 08:25:34 pm
      RIP the iron that goal in Rome lives long in the memory .
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      Reply #18: Apr 12, 2019 08:40:28 pm
      Massive respect for the man at Anfield on Sunday, gonna be emotional
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      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.
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      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 !
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      Reply #21: Apr 12, 2019 09:01:33 pm
      Tommy and the squad of 71 are my earliest Liverpool memory.
      RIP Tommy
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      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.
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      Reply #23: Apr 12, 2019 10:02:55 pm
      Legend. RIP
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      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
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      Reply #25: Apr 12, 2019 10:32:46 pm
      RIP Tommy. Sad news indeed.
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      Reply #26: Apr 12, 2019 10:47:53 pm
      Extremely sad news to hear of tommy’s Passing an absolute Goliath of a player who will live long in many a reds memory including mine.
      RIP Tommy.
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      Reply #27: Apr 12, 2019 10:49:07 pm
      RIP
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      Reply #28: Apr 12, 2019 11:13:22 pm
      He was like a little jack Russell on the pitch and took no prisoners  :D RIP

      I must correct you Keith he was more like a big guard dog than a jack russell,there was not much passed Tommy.He was a Liverpool RED through and through and was a pivotal member of the team in the 1960's and 70's.
      R.I.P. Tommy you will be remembered for many many years to come as a good Liverpool lad and a top fearless footballer.
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      Reply #29: Apr 12, 2019 11:44:19 pm
      A sad one, this. I grew up hearing about the man from me Dad which was enough to make me love and respect him and then look back at videos of him etc.

      Proper hard man but he shouldn't just be remembered for being that, the hard man, cos he could f**king play that fella.

      RIP The Anfield Iron. YNWA to a proper legend.
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      Reply #30: Apr 13, 2019 12:05:15 am
      The big man having to live on benefits during his last years, f**king unbelievable.

      Especially when you see some of the dross over the recent years who have become millionaires just doesn’t sit right with me!

      « Last Edit: Apr 13, 2019 01:05:15 am by HScRed1 »
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      Reply #31: Apr 13, 2019 12:45:01 am
      He was like a little jack Russell on the pitch and took no prisoners  :D RIP

      Rottweiler.
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      Reply #32: Apr 13, 2019 12:52:25 am
      I must correct you Keith he was more like a big guard dog than a jack russell,there was not much passed Tommy.He was a Liverpool RED through and through and was a pivotal member of the team in the 1960's and 70's.
      R.I.P. Tommy you will be remembered for many many years to come as a good Liverpool lad and a top fearless footballer.

      I know what you mean Billy but as he was on the small side that's why I used that term. There's no doubt he would chop at the ankles of anybody hence my terminology.   ;D Great player though as we all rightly say. Can you imagine if he was playing his type of football in today's era  :D

      From what I remember didn't he only play for Liverpool??
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      Reply #33: Apr 13, 2019 12:58:32 am

      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

      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."


      https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/47913937
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      Reply #34: Apr 13, 2019 01:10:32 am
      RIP.  Don't think he'd been in the best of health for a long time.

      Great player from our clubs history with the winning mentality that was so important to our huge trophy haul in the 70's.
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      Reply #35: Apr 13, 2019 02:04:51 am
      RIP Tommy.
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      Reply #36: Apr 13, 2019 02:59:50 am
      The legecy will live on.  RIP
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      Reply #37: Apr 13, 2019 03:39:18 am
      RIP. Tommy.
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      Reply #38: Apr 13, 2019 06:40:46 am
      Read his autobiography a few years ago. Played a huge huge role in building the club under Shanks.

      RIP.
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      Reply #39: Apr 13, 2019 07:00:52 am
      The big man having to live on benefits during his last years, f**king unbelievable.

      Especially when you see some of the dross over the recent years who have become millionaires just doesn’t sit right with me!
      Indeed!Always find that hard to take for players of that era & before & having to sell off there medals to make ends meet like tommy did,he will get some send off & at the match tomorrow.
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      Reply #40: Apr 13, 2019 07:56:50 am
      RIP YNWA
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      Reply #41: Apr 13, 2019 08:44:59 am
      RIP Tommy. YNWA
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      Reply #42: Apr 13, 2019 09:14:42 am
      I know what you mean Billy but as he was on the small side that's why I used that term. There's no doubt he would chop at the ankles of anybody hence my terminology.   ;D Great player though as we all rightly say. Can you imagine if he was playing his type of football in today's era  :D

      From what I remember didn't he only play for Liverpool??

      I think he went to Swansea when John Toshack became the Swansea manager. Toshack was very astute and signed a few of our players and got promotion from the old second division.
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      Reply #43: Apr 13, 2019 09:33:00 am
      I must correct you Keith he was more like a big guard dog than a jack russell,there was not much passed Tommy.He was a Liverpool RED through and through and was a pivotal member of the team in the 1960's and 70's.
      R.I.P. Tommy you will be remembered for many many years to come as a good Liverpool lad and a top fearless footballer.

      Rottweiler of a defender Billy and he made the opposing defenders look like Jack Russells.
      As stated Tommy was in a care home and had advanced dementia which had affected him for a number of years.
      If I’m not mistaken he was born around Scotty Road and I do know after his playing days he ran a pub I think it was by Skem.
      My cousin worked in the pub and she always said he was straight to the point and would not take sh*t off anyone, much like his days at Anfied.

      RIP Big Man.

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      Reply #44: Apr 13, 2019 02:58:48 pm
      I think he went to Swansea when John Toshack became the Swansea manager. Toshack was very astute and signed a few of our players and got promotion from the old second division.

      From 3rd to 2nd according to Wiki, but still. I do remember him coming to America when the NASL used to be on TV. Quickly became player-manager in Los Angeles before joining Swansea.

      Wiki also has a quote from Bill Shankly: "Tommy Smith wasn't born, he was quarried" Love it.

      Forgetting that he was a top, top player, that kind of duration and tenure at one club, just unthinkable today with so many hired guns and agents all about the almighty transfer and signing fees.
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      Reply #45: Apr 13, 2019 03:41:45 pm
      Rottweiler of a defender Billy and he made the opposing defenders look like Jack Russells.
      As stated Tommy was in a care home and had advanced dementia which had affected him for a number of years.
      If I’m not mistaken he was born around Scotty Road and I do know after his playing days he ran a pub I think it was by Skem.
      My cousin worked in the pub and she always said he was straight to the point and would not take sh*t off anyone, much like his days at Anfied.

      RIP Big Man.



      I cant stress enough that he was a footballer first and a hard man on the pitch second. 5ft 11" isn't small and he was hard as nails and had to be in the era he played in and on pitches that modern players would refuse to start games on. I think his only England cap came when the entire back line of Liverpool was selected which is crazy you only need to play a couple of decent games now and your in the team. He won league titles, the FA Cup , Uefa Cup twice and the European Cup that's a lot of silverware at the very highest level.
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      Reply #46: Apr 13, 2019 05:35:05 pm
      Rottweiler of a defender Billy and he made the opposing defenders look like Jack Russells.
      As stated Tommy was in a care home and had advanced dementia which had affected him for a number of years.
      If I’m not mistaken he was born around Scotty Road and I do know after his playing days he ran a pub I think it was by Skem.
      My cousin worked in the pub and she always said he was straight to the point and would not take sh*t off anyone, much like his days at Anfied.

      RIP Big Man.


      Correction to the above, I always thought Tommy was born near Scotty but it was in fact a road between Anfield and Goodison.
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      Reply #47: Apr 13, 2019 05:36:51 pm
      I done the Anfield experience a few weeks ago, wanted to see the new stand etc as haven't been to Anfield for some time, in fact far too long !
      Anyway, at the dinner, David Johnson was doing a talk and said on his visit with Ipswich that he nutmegged Tommy going through on goal, when walking back Tommy says to him, you do that again and I will break your fcuking back ! They don't make them like that anymore.

      Great player for us and really sad to hear how he ended up.
      RIP Tommy.
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      Reply #48: Apr 13, 2019 06:50:05 pm
      Rest In Peace Tommy Smith. Hard man, solid man, good man.

      Our thoughts go out to his family and friends during this trying time.

      The Anfield Iron. Never Ever Forgotten.

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      Reply #49: Apr 13, 2019 10:04:19 pm
      RIP the iron that goal in Rome lives long in the memory .

      it was a thing of beauty
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      Reply #50: Apr 13, 2019 10:17:07 pm
      I seem to remember in 77 he was on loan in the States and only came back because Thomo was injured.
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      Reply #51: Apr 14, 2019 02:06:41 pm
      Hope they chant "Tommy Smith Red Power" at the game today.
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      Reply #52: Apr 16, 2019 12:24:17 am
      Didn't Shanks say "Tommy was born a man!"
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      Reply #53: Apr 16, 2019 06:49:23 am
      RIP Tommy!

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