It must have been confusing at the time when Ireland left Scotland to go to England. He played only 18 league games for Rangers from 1924 to 1929 before heading south of the border to Liverpool. He made just one first-team appearance for Liverpool, replacing regular half-back Tom Morrison in the home first division fixture with Grimsby Town at Anfield on Boxing Day 1930. He ran a billiards saloon and a number of shops in Perth, Scotland, the home of St. Johnstone football club, that he served for two spells in the 1930s.
"When I tell people that I played in one of the matches, they say things like, 'You played for England in '66?' People know all about what I did at club level with Liverpool - the League titles and the Cup wins - but even committed football followers, real fans, haven't a clue that I helped England win the World Cup, and yet it was one of the great highlights of my career."
Anfield | Wednesday 11 Mar 2020
A recent study on football hooligans that focuses on the last decade seems to substantiate that LFC fans rarely get into trouble with the law nowadays.
Peter Beardsley was bought for a British record fee in 1987.
Bob Paisley bought two promising players in the spring of 1980. One was to become a certified legend, the other one made 17 appearances in two years.