Player profile

Geoff Strong

Geoff Strong

Birthdate: 19 September 1937
Birthplace: Kirkeaton, England
Date of death: 17 June 2013
Other clubs: Stanley United (1954-57), Arsenal (1957-64), Coventry City (1970-72)
Bought from: Arsenal
Signed for LFC: £40,000, 06.11.1964
Liverpool debut: 07.11.1964
Last appearance: 21.03.1970
Debut goal: 05.12.1964
Last goal: 09.09.1969
Contract expiry: 10.08.1970
Win ratio: 50.25% W:101 D:55 L:45
Games/goals ratio: 6.09
Honours: League Championship 1965/66; FA Cup 1965
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 9 / 2
LFC league games/goals: 155 / 30
Total LFC games/goals: 201 / 33

Player profile

Geoff Strong was an experienced professional when he arrived at Anfield in November 1964, having scored 69 times in 125 League matches for Arsenal. He had already played at Anfield and scored for Arsenal on the opening day of the 1964/65 season and in November 1964 Shankly brought him in to replace the seriously injured forward Alf Arrowsmith. Strong had been all set to join Aston VIlla a week previously, but couldn't agree on personal terms. Shankly used Strong to great effect in many different positions and his versatility was a key part of Liverpool's continued domination of domestic football in the mid 1960's. Ron Yeats was happy with his arrival as he didn't have to deal with him anymore: 'I wasn't surprised Bill Shankly signed him because he used to give me a lot of problems', Yeats said. A few days after experiencing Shankly's training regime Strong was physically sick and complained: 'What have I joined here, a bloody commando course!' He was in and out of the side during the first half of the season but he did pick up an FA Cup winners' medal when the unlucky left-half Gordon Milne missed the final through injury and featured as well in the dramatic European Cup semi-finals against Inter Milan. How Liverpool couldn't find a forward spot for a player who had scored 31 goals in 46 matches for Arsenal in the previous campaign is a testament to Liverpool's strength in-depth up front.

Strong wasn't much more of a regular the following season either, starting exactly half of the 42 League matches filling in mostly for Milne again but also up front in Roger Hunt's absence. He produced a moment to remember in the semi-final of the Cup Winners' Cup against Celtic at Anfield when, despite being badly affected by a leg injury, he climbed to meet Ian Callaghan's right-wing centre and headed the ball past Ronnie Simpson for the goal which took Liverpool through to the final; "the cripple has scored" being perhaps Kenneth Wolstenholme's second most-famous utterance as a commentator. Strong only missed six League matches in 1966/67 as he found a firm place at outside-left, scoring 12 goals. Despite his success he was more in the role of a "seat-filler" in the following campaign. Gerry Byrne's injuries had caught up with him in 1968 which opened the door initially for Peter Wall but Strong made the left-back position his own his last two years at Anfield. Strong was one of the casualties of the dreadful FA Cup quarter-final defeat at Watford in February 1970 and only represented the club on five more occasions, the last being a home defeat to champions-elect Everton exactly a month after the cup defeat. Even though he was more of a squad player than a regular in the Liverpool side, Strong was a very popular player and when he led his new team, Coventry City, out at Anfield in November 1970 he received a wonderful ovation from the Liverpool crowd as a tribute to the service he had given the club for nearly six years.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 155 23 4 17 2 201
1964-1965 13 1 0 2 0 16
1965-1966 22 0 0 4 1 27
1966-1967 36 3 0 5 1 45
1967-1968 19 9 0 1 0 29
1968-1969 31 4 2 1 0 38
1969-1970 34 6 2 4 0 46

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
11 WBA
11 Burnley
10 Tottenham
10 Manchester United
9 Leeds United
9 Leicester City
8 Sheffield Wednesday
8 Coventry City
8 Chelsea
8 Nottingham Forest
7 Everton
7 Manchester City
7 Newcastle United
7 Stoke City
6 Sunderland
6 Southampton
6 Sheffield United
6 West Ham United
6 Arsenal
5 Aston Villa
4 Fulham
4 Watford
3 Petrolul Ploiesti
3 Blackpool
3 Wolves
2 Walsall
2 Ipswich Town
2 Derby
2 Inter Milan
2 Juventus
2 Northampton Town
2 Bournemouth
2 Ajax
2 Dundalk
2 Vitoria Setubal
1 Ferencvaros
1 Athletic Bilbao
1 Doncaster Rovers
1 Crystal Palace
1 Standard Liege
1 Celtic
1 Wrexham
1 Swansea City
1 Blackburn Rovers
Total Started/substitutions
195 Started
9 On the bench
6 Substitute
1 Substituted
Total Competition
155 League
23 FA Cup
7 European Cup
6 European Fairs Cup
4 League Cup
4 European Cup Winners Cup
2 Charity Shield

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 30 1 0 2 0 33
1964-1965 3 0 0 0 0 3
1965-1966 5 0 0 2 0 7
1966-1967 12 0 0 0 0 12
1967-1968 5 1 0 0 0 6
1968-1969 2 0 0 0 0 2
1969-1970 3 0 0 0 0 3

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Started/substitutions
31 Started
2 Substitute
Total Competition
30 League
2 European Cup Winners Cup
1 FA Cup
Total Goal minute period
5 1-15 minutes
4 16-30 minutes
7 31-45 minutes
4 46-60 minutes
5 61-75 minutes
8 76-90 minutes
Total Open play/Penalty
32 Open play
1 Penalty

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 07.11.1964 Fulham Craven Cottage League
50 05.09.1966 Blackpool Bloomfield Road League
100 12.02.1968 Chelsea Stamford Bridge League
150 12.04.1969 Leicester City Filbert Street League
200 11.03.1970 Southampton The Dell League

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 73 05.12.1964 Burnley Turf Moor League

Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Stanley United 1954-1957 Northern League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Arsenal 1960-1961 England First Division 19 10 20 10
Arsenal 1961-1962 England First Division 20 12 20 12
Arsenal 1962-1963 England First Division 36 18 39 21
Arsenal 1963-1964 England First Division 38 26 46 31
Arsenal 1964-1965 England First Division 12 3 12 3
Coventry City 1970-1971 England First Division 32 0 40 0
Coventry City 1971-1972 England First Division 1 0 1 0
Total 158 69 178 77
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