So sad to hear that former Liverpool defender and captain, Tommy Smith MBE has died today at the age of 74. Born in Liverpool (1945) he played for the club as a youth from 1960 and as a senior player from 1962 until 1978. He was a key central defender when I first supported the club in the 1973/4 season.
During his Liverpool career he won –
4 League Championships: 1965–66, 1972–73, 1975–76, 1976–77
1 European Cup: 1976–77
2 FA Cups: 1964–65, 1973–74
2 UEFA Cups: 1972–73, 1975–76
1 UEFA Super Cup: 1977
4 FA Charity Shields: 1965 (shared), 1966, 1974, 1977 (shared)
1 England cap: 1971
One of Tommy Smith’s most memorable moments for the club came when he scored Liverpool’s second goal in the 1977 European Cup Final against Borussia Mönchengladbach to regain the lead at 2-1. Liverpool won the game 3-1 to lift their first European Cup.
Tommy’s uncompromising defensive style earned him the nickname ‘The Anfield Iron’ amongst fans and it was said that Merseyside mothers would put his picture on the mantelpiece to keep their kids away from the fire. It also earned him the respect of his peers with fellow ‘hard man’ Jack Charlton once saying, “Tommy Smith was easily the hardest player I faced”.
Manager Bill Shankly once said of him: “Tommy Smith wasn’t born, he was quarried”.
R.I.P. Tommy Smith YNWA
Read more here – Tommy Smith (BBC Sport)