I ended up finishing my career playing at Brighton and I was 41 and a half, and I left Liverpool when I was 27 or 28. I think it was just that - without being controversial - you get in a few scrapes, you're breathalysed and you're caught fighting in a hotel in Wales like me and Ray Kennedy were, and the club didn't look upon that too kindly.
I know it's different nowadays and you can get away with a little bit more, but Sammy Lee was being groomed into my spot and the manager said, would I like to talk to John Toshack, with a view to a move?
That was one instance, but I didn't want to go anywhere, so I said, "Yeah I'll talk to him," because there was no harm in talking, but within 6 months of that I was asked, would I like to talk to Brighton and you get that little feeling."
Jimmy Case in 2003
"If the game is a language, then Jimmy is undoubtedly a professor."
Jimmy Case’s manager at Southampton, Chris Nicholl, sums up Case's ability as a footballer.
"Fines, court appearances, jail... we were bad for each other. We had a bit of fun, but we did it at the right time. At hotels, when we asked for the room key, the receptionist would dive under the desk and say: ‘Not you two!’ Everyone has a pal, but Jim and I went deeper than that. If something went wrong, one of us sorted it out. It was a good friendship."
Ray Kennedy and Jimmy Case were a dangerous duo
"I won't say he was dirty but certainly the hardest opponent was Jimmy Case. He could certainly look after himself. He was very clever about it as well."
Bryan Robson asked who was the dirtiest opponent he had ever faced
"I had someone in the old Kemlyn Road stand saying: ‘Hey Jimmy, are you hungry?’ He’s got a pie in his hand. ‘Do you wanna’ a bite?’ I had a little bite before giving it back and then carried on’."
Jimmy Case had time to have a little snack while playing at Anfield
I was 16 when I started playing for the Blue Union. It was an eye opener. There I was, this skinny teenager coming up against 30-somethings who all wanted to kick lumps off me. It toughens you up. If you didn’t stand your ground you’d get stamped on. Growing up in that environment, you had to be tough to get through games. I took that with me to the professional game. I was never scared to get stuck in and remember Joe Fagan and Bob Paisley pulling me to one side at times telling me about the art of tackling and so on. As Brian Hall once said of me, I was probably the only winger in those days who would win a 50/50 with a full-back, come away with the ball and still manage to get a cross in.
Jimmy Case on his playing style