|21||1920||West Ham United|
|10||900||Brighton & Hove Albion|
|1||On the bench|
|5||European Super Cup|
|2||World Club Championship|
|1||Screen Sport Super Cup|
|50||26.11.1975||Slask Wroclaw||Olimpijski Stadium||Europe|
|100||27.10.1976||Leicester City||Filbert Street||League|
|200||15.04.1978||Bristol City||Ashton Gate||League|
|400||28.10.1981||Exeter City||St James' Park||League Cup|
|500||12.04.1983||Coventry City||Highfield Road||League|
|650||09.11.1985||Coventry City||Highfield Road||League|
We are pleased to welcome columnist Declan Sloan aboard at LFChistory.net. He takes a look at important penalties for Liverpool throughout the years.
The Times report on FC Zurich - Liverpool on 06.04.1977.
The years 1977-1978 carried many alarming changes in society and Phil Thompson created an alarming trend at Liverpool.
Phil Neal is a true gentleman and was a brilliant servant to Liverpool. He sat down with lfchistory.net and talked about his fantastic career.
lfchistory met briefly with Phil Neal. We asked him about the current state of affairs. Neal promised a detailed interview on lfchistory about his career with Liverpool in a not too distant future.
"I took a long run up and was determined to put it low to the left of the German keeper, who I kept thinking was very tall. Ian Callaghan had said to me ‘Just knock it in Nealy’ so I tried to stay as calm as I could. But as I went to take it I could see Cally with his hands clenched as if in prayer. He was down on his haunches, almost kneeling, his hands clasped together.
As I ran up to the ball I then did something I never did and which you should never do – I changed my mind. Instead I hit it low to the other side of the keeper but it went in and up came Cally in delight. I still get a tingle when I see the videos of Bob Paisley and Ronnie Moran and the lads leaping up off the bench with joy."
Phil Neal on his penalty vs. Gladbach in 1977
"The Liverpool philosophy is simple, and is based on total belief. Maybe that has been the key to Liverpool's consistency. We were taught to go out there, play our own game and fear no one."
"There was a big pressure to perform and we were expected to hammer Walsall. At one point I was trying to clear the ball off the line. It smacked Phil Neal in the back and bounced in for an own goal. Nealy gave me one of his stares."
Gary Gillespie's debut was not the best
"Most people know that Phil is my room-mate and best friend at the club. Phil adds an extra dimension to the team with his ability to surge forward and set things up. It’s easy to see when you’re playing with him, that he’s got a tremendous awareness of every other player in the side and what their job is. I suppose he picked it up in his utility days at Northampton – in fact he often tells me he’s a better goalkeeper than I am! Phil has so much skill on the ground that I don’t think he’d be lost in midfield. Add to that, his defensive qualities and the fact he’s no mean performer in the air and you’ve got a very good player indeed."
Ray Clemence in 1977 on Phil Neal
"I’d like to thank the fans for the nickname they gave me…Zico! He was a great Brazilian player and they started calling me by his name at a time when I was playing particularly well I guess and scoring goals – eleven I think in one season. But it was really down to them that I was roaring along because they gave me so much support and confidence."
Phil Neal applauds the Liverpool fans
"I can and that was the other adrenalin rush. We were staying in the Holiday Inn and everybody had told their friends that we were there. About 4,000 fans came to the hotel in Rome and I think it was probably the biggest bill the club have ever had for a European Cup final party. Everybody deserved to be there and it was just lovely to be around the supporters. They ate all the food and drank all of the beer but they deserved it because they had forked out loads of money for what turned out to be a great season. We all enjoyed the festivities. Then, the next day, I remember coming to blows with Kevin Keegan. People have said that Tommy Smith had smacked him in the eye because Kevin came home wearing dark sunglasses. He hadn't. It was me.
The morning after the game we were waiting to get the plane home. We were by the hotel pool in Rome having breakfast with the cup by our side and all the staff were there saying to us what a fantastic season it had been and were revelling in every moment. So here we are celebrating and messing about and I knew I would be thrown into the pool. I then told the lads I had just brought a pair of new shoes from Russel and Bromley so could they just let me slip them off before they threw me in the pool fully clothed! I didn't mind that but they wouldn't let me so I flicked out my hand and caught my nail just under Kevin's eye. It came up as if Frank Bruno had just punched him! It really did swell unbelievably. His eye was closed, Joe Fagan treated it and he came home some four or five hours later with a black mark under his eye."
Phil Neal asked if he remembers the celebrations after the European Cup win in 1977
|Club||Season||Club rank||League apps||League goals||Total apps||Total goals|
|Northampton Town||1968-1969||England Third Division||21||4||22||4|
|Northampton Town||1969-1970||England Fourth Division||13||1||15||2|
|Northampton Town||1970-1971||England Fourth Division||17||3||18||3|
|Northampton Town||1971-1972||England Fourth Division||41||1||46||1|
|Northampton Town||1972-1973||England Fourth Division||38||9||40||9|
|Northampton Town||1973-1974||England Fourth Division||46||9||50||9|
|Northampton Town||1974-1975||England Fourth Division||10||2||13||3|
|Bolton Wanderers||1985-1986||England Third Division||20||2||26||2|
|Bolton Wanderers||1986-1987||England Third Division||28||1||36||1|
|Bolton Wanderers||1987-1988||England Fourth Division||8||0||12||0|
|Bolton Wanderers||1988-1989||England Third Division||8||0||11||0|