Player profile

Ian Ross

Birthdate: 26 November 1947
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Other clubs: Aston Villa (1972-76), Notts County (loan 1976), Northampton Town (loan 1976), Peterborough United (1976-79), Santa Barbara Condors (loan 1977), Wolverhampton Wanderers (1979-82), Hereford United (1982-83), Valur (1984)
Bought from: Local
Signed for LFC: Joined July 1963 - Professional August 1965
Liverpool debut: 14.01.1967
Last appearance: 09.02.1972
Debut goal: 26.12.1969
Last goal: 06.11.1971
Contract expiry: 23.02.1972
Win ratio: 40.58% W: 28 D: 21 L: 20
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 1 / 0
LFC league games/goals: 48 / 2
Total LFC games/goals: 69 / 4

Player profile

Ian Ross will forever be remembered as Der Kaiser’s shadow, when he man-marked Bayern’s Franz Beckenbauer to perfection in a European Fairs Cup game on 18 March 1971 in Munich. He even had the time to score Liverpool’s goal in a 1-1 draw. The Glaswegian signed professional forms for Liverpool in August 1965 when he was 17-years-old. He’d had trials at both Arsenal and Chelsea, but was forced to stay in a hotel in London, but when Liverpool came calling the club put him up with a family and that made all the difference. Ross made his debut at Sheffield Wednesday in the middle of January 1967, coming on for Ian Callaghan, but he didn’t figure in another League match until March 1968. The only season in which he became anything like a regular was 1971/72, when he was sold before the end of the campaign. Ross had been filling in for Tommy Smith and Alec Lindsay in defence as well as Brian Hall in midfield when Shankly decided to drop him which he didn’t agree with and demanded to be sold. Aston Villa, who was then a third division side on the rise, had made inquiries and were willing to pay a club-record fee of £70,000. Villa were promoted in the spring and played in the First Division in Ross’ last season at the club. Ross featured in 175 League matches at Aston Villa from 1972-1976, creating a formidable partnership with Chris Nicholl at the heart of the Villains’ defence and captaining the side as well.

Ross enjoyed a successful coaching career in Iceland, even playing in his first year for Valur as well as coaching the team, in 1984. After four years he moved from league champions Valur to KR Reykjavik, who were incidentally Liverpool’s first European opponents back in 1964.

Appearances per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals481038069
1966-1967 100001
1967-1968 420006
1968-1969 300104
1969-1970 7501013
1970-1971 12002014
1971-1972 21334031

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

TotalOpponent
4Manchester United
4Leeds United
4WBA
4Tottenham
3Burnley
3Bayern Munich
3Huddersfield Town
3Coventry City
3West Ham United
3Everton
2Nottingham Forest
2Chelsea
2Ipswich Town
2Southampton
2Sheffield United
2Stoke City
2Servette
2Manchester City
2Leicester City
2Arsenal
2Sheffield Wednesday
1Wrexham
1Watford
1QPR
1Athletic Bilbao
1Crystal Palace
1Vitoria Setubal
1Hibernian
1Oxford United
1Hull City
1Derby
1Blackpool
1Newcastle United
1Wolves
Total Started/substitutions
59 Started
16 On the bench
10 Substitute
1 Substituted

Goals per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals210104
1966-1967 000000
1967-1968 000000
1968-1969 000000
1969-1970 110002
1970-1971 000101
1971-1972 100001

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

TotalStarted/substitutions
4Started
0Substitute
TotalCompetition
2League
1European Fairs Cup
1FA Cup
TotalGoal minute period
01-15
116-30 minutes
131-45 minutes
046-60
161-75 minutes
176-90 minutes
091-120
TotalOpen play/Penalty
4Open play
0Penalty

Wartime Appearances / Goals

SeasonAppearancesGoals
No records to display.

Stats note

Milestone Appearances

#DateAgainstStadiumCompetition
114.01.1967Sheffield WednesdayHillsboroughLeague
5020.10.1971Bayern MunichAnfieldEurope

Milestone Goals

#MinuteDateAgainstStadiumCompetition
12626.12.1969BurnleyTurf MoorLeague

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The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
1966-1967 * Defender
1967-1968 * Defender
1968-1969 * Defender
1969-1970 * Defender
1970-1971 * Defender
1971-1972 * Defender
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.

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