|16||West Ham United|
|5||Preston North End|
|2||Brighton & Hove Albion|
|5||West Ham United|
|2||Preston North End|
|1||Brighton & Hove Albion|
|2||European Cup Winners Cup|
|1||European Fairs Cup|
|Total||Goal minute period|
|1||19.08.1961||Bristol Rovers||Eastville St.||League|
|200||20.11.1965||Stoke City||Victoria Ground||League|
By SAM CUNNINGHAM published 27 March 2014 in the Daily Mail.
LFChistory.net had the great pleasure of interviewing the Saint. I was a bit unprepared for our talk, but considering the circumstances coped pretty well.
John Martin remembers the fateful 1961/62 Liverpool season when the Reds got back into the top division.
"Not so long ago, I found myself standing alone behind the Kop at Liverpool's football ground, staring intently at the bronze image of Bill Shankly. Bill Shankly, for me, will always be flesh and blood, human to a fault."
Wooltonian looks at the happy period in his life following Liverpool from 1966-1972. At the same time trophyless years of Bill Shankly which were also a happy memory.
Chris Wood has been looking into aspects of LFC statistics for LFChistory that are often difficult to find and difficult to check... like players sent off and missed penalties etc.
Forty years ago Liverpool played their first European game at Anfield Road.
"There's no noise like the Anfield noise - and I love it!"
Ian St John
"Reading the papers now, I see a picture of a vendetta between me and Houllier. It is not the case at all. When I'm invited to pass an opinion, I do so. I'm not interested in taking cheap shots. I don't think my view is extreme, but it is my own. I haven't been impressed with a lot of the signings over recent years and I don't think the team have developed a convincing style of play. The thing I most regret is that nothing was made of Jari Litmanen, a signing of real class - a tremendous player who knew how to unlock a defence."
Ian St John in 2004
"This has gone on for far too long now. I know how views can be presented, but with Ian its all one way. What Ian should remember is from 1966-73 we never won a competition. He was part of that. He will remember he was a part of the team which lost to Watford in the FA Cup. That was a team which went down without a fight. That was a team I loved - a team which brought great honour and credit to the club over many years. I'm not stupid. You don't want people to talk ignorantly or only ever say supportive things about the team and players. But what you come to expect is constructive criticism."
Phil Thompson, as Houllier’s assistant, was getting annoyed at St John’s criticism of the team
"As far as I am concerned Ian was the kingpin of the side which achieved so much success in the sixties. Ian was a good strong player who knew what it was all about. He played two roles during his career, firstly up front when he was younger and then when he was older he dropped into midfield and still played well. Along with Gordon Milne, I think Ian was the player who used to make Liverpool tick."
The legendary Joe Mercer's opinion on Ian St John
"I didn’t sign the best centre forward in the country… I signed the only centre-forward."
Shankly on Ian St John
"I was sent off six times, but two of those were for mistaken identity. The referees were blind in those days as well."
Ian St John was hardly no saint
"I loved him to death. He would do anything for you. He was strong, for a 5 foot 8 player he was great in the air and scored a lot of goals with his head. He was an inspirational centre forward."
Ron Yeats on Ian St John
"Shankly signed a boy called Jack Whitham. He was always getting injured. Training for Jack was like jogging in between injuries. He was driving Shanks mad because he hated people who were like that. Finally he said one day to Jack in training, 'You, go up to the corner (where the pigsty was) and train up there. I don't want you to contaminate the rest of the team.' Poor Jack was jogging up there in the pigsty with the smell of the pigs and all that."
One of Ian St John's favourite stories. From LFChistory's exclusive interview with Saint in 2008
"My first great buy. Clever, canny, bags of skill, made things happen. Liked a scrap too. Jesus, did he like a scrap. I sometimes wanted to tie his fists behind his back. Great player though. Gave you everything on the pitch. Mind you, a lazy bugger at training. He hated it. Always trying to pull one on us. But what a player."
Shankly gave his honest opinion on Ian St John in an interview with Brian Reade in 1975.
|Club||Season||Club rank||League apps||League goals||Total apps||Total goals|
|Motherwell Bridge Works||Scotland||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Douglas Water Thistle||1956-1957||Scotland||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Motherwell||1957-1958||Scotland Division 1||22||17||22||17|
|Motherwell||1958-1959||Scotland Division 1||30||24||30||24|
|Motherwell||1959-1960||Scotland Division 1||32||20||32||20|
|Motherwell||1960-1961||Scotland Division 1||29||18||29||18|
|Coventry City||1971-1972||England First Division||18||3||20||3|
|Tranmere Rovers||1972-1973||England Third Division||9||1||11||1|