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Ian Ross

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

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 48 10 3 8 0 69
1966-1967 1 0 0 0 0 1
1967-1968 4 2 0 0 0 6
1968-1969 3 0 0 1 0 4
1969-1970 7 5 0 1 0 13
1970-1971 12 0 0 2 0 14
1971-1972 21 3 3 4 0 31

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

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

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 2 1 0 1 0 4
1966-1967 0 0 0 0 0 0
1967-1968 0 0 0 0 0 0
1968-1969 0 0 0 0 0 0
1969-1970 1 1 0 0 0 2
1970-1971 0 0 0 1 0 1
1971-1972 1 0 0 0 0 1

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Opponent
1 Coventry City
1 Burnley
1 Arsenal
1 Bayern Munich
Total Started/substitutions
4 Started
0 Substitute
Total Competition
2 League
1 European Fairs Cup
1 FA Cup
Total Goal minute period
1 16-30 minutes
1 31-45 minutes
1 61-75 minutes
1 76-90 minutes
Total Open play/Penalty
4 Open play

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 14.01.1967 Sheffield Wednesday Hillsborough League
50 20.10.1971 Bayern Munich Anfield Europe

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 26 26.12.1969 Burnley Turf Moor League
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