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PFA is saddened by the passing of Ian St John

Ian St John

The PFA is saddened by news that Liverpool legend Ian St John has passed away aged 82.

Striker St John was part of Bill Shankly’s hugely successful Liverpool side of the 1960s.

Born in Scotland he began his career at Motherwell before being signed for Liverpool in 1961 for a then club record of £37,5000.

During a successful decade at Anfield, St John scored 118 goals in 424 appearances for the club, won two First Division titles in 1963-64 and 1965-66 and scored the winner in the 1965 FA Cup final.

After departing Liverpool in 1971, he had spells with South African side Hellenic, Coventry City and Tranmere Rovers.

St John earned 21 caps playing for Scotland.

After retiring from playing, he managed former club Motherwell and Portsmouth and went on to become a successful pundit.

Alongside Jimmy Greaves, St John stared in Saint and Greavsie, a hugely popular Saturday football television show which ran until 1992.

Gordon Taylor OBE said: “Ian St John was a key player in the rise of Liverpool under Bill Shankly.

“He was small in stature but big in heart!

“A passionate Scot who formed a great striking partnership with Roger Hunt.

“Ian was a PFA Committee member who cared deeply for the game and became a great broadcaster in partnership with another great striker Jimmy Greaves.

“Sincere condolences to all his family and the highest possible tribute and recognition for his contribution to football.”

The thoughts and condolences of everyone at the PFA are with Ian’s family and friends.

 

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