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Past Players: Volume 8 - Ian Callaghan

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Ian Callaghan is a player stamped into Anfield folklore after recording a massive 857 appearances for the club. Callaghan who was born in Toxteth in April 1942 was a versatile midfielder who began his career at Liverpool on the right wing and eventually ended up in the centre.

Callaghan is a name you learn as a Liverpool fan no matter what age you are sucked into the club but it is the older generation who had the privalege to experience his ability and charm first hand.



The Basics

Full Name: Ian Robert Callaghan
Date Of Birth: 10th April 1942
Born in: Toxteth, Liverpool
Position: Midfielder

Personal Life

Unlike a lot of Liverpool legends that I end up writing about on the blog Callaghan was a boyhood Liverpool fan and not infact a bluenose. He joined Liverpool as an apprentice in 1960 at the age of 17.

Callghan is also different in that, unlike a lot of past players he hasn't sought after the limelight. He's a very down to earth man and after retiring, other than starting up an…

Past Players: Volume 7 - Steve McManaman

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Steve McManaman is one of the Liverpool players that were around in the era that I began learning everything about Liverpool Football Club. Most people will know now that the reason I ended up supporting Liverpool was down to a brother who was obsessed with them at the time. Despite being only 10 when McManaman left I remember watching several games with my brother praising his every move but it appears that many younger fans these days and neutrals alike have no idea how good McManaman actually was, he separates opinion when it comes to his personality but he truly had a gift on the field.

The Basics

Full Name: Steven McManaman
Date Of Birth: 11th February 1972
Born in: Kirkdale, Liverpool
Height: 6ft
Position: Attacking Midfielder

Personal Life

Before signing his first contract with Liverpool McManaman was a much praised cross country runner, he even beat a former Olympian at one stage on the circuit. 

Many people often forget that Steve lost his mother during his last season at Liverpool, s…

Past Players: Volume 6 - Sami Hyypia

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Sami Hyypia was at Liverpool Football Club for a fantastic 10 years. As Houllier's signing in 1999, I grew up with the Finnish defender commanding the Liverpool back four. From a relatively unknown element brought into the Liverpool side he flourished into a fan favourite and a legend in his own right.


The Basics

Full Name: Sami Hyypia
Nickname: "Big Sami"
Date Of Birth: 7th October 1973
Born in: Porvoo, Finland
Height: 6'5"
Position: Defender

Background

Hyypia was born into a footballing family as his Mother was an amateur goalkeeper and his Father played for Finnish side Pallo Peikot. His early sporting days saw him take up Ice Hockey whilst in school which is a popular choice in the Scandinvian countries but the footballing influence eventually filtered its way through to Sami.

After retiring from football Hyypia set up a charitable fund to help encourage and support young athletes from Finland. He ran the Helsinki marathon in August 2011 in 3hours and 56minute…

Past Players: Volume 5 - John Barnes

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I was 8 years old when John Barnes parted ways with Liverpool, for this reason i don't remember too much of the Jamaican born winger but my first memory of Barnes was watching a countdown of footballing moments programme with my Dad.


That famous moment in 1984 when John Barnes weaved through the Brazilian defence like it wasn't even there will forever amaze me, no matter how many times i replay the You Tube video. His skill in the final third at the Maracana Stadium was more like a silky smooth section of the macarena. I still struggle to this day to find many goals that live up to the calibre of that one.

So let's find out a bit more about the man they all called "Digger"...

The Basics
Full Name: John Charles Bryan Barnes
Nickname: Digger
Date Of Birth: 7th November 1963
Born in: Jamaica, Kingston
Height: 5'11"
Position: Winger

Watford

Barnes began his professional football career down South. After being spotted playing for a non league side he was given …

Past Players: Volume 4 - Michael Owen

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There was a time for Liverpool fans when the name "Michael Owen" was uttered, we felt proud. Nowadays however, after the Liverpool starlet went from Anfield to Bernabeu to St James' Park and then to Old Trafford, feelings have somewhat changed.

I've been meaning to do a past players post on Michael Owen for months, partly because i can start by voicing my own opinions on the saga but secondly because it's a real talking point it would be great to hear some of your thoughts in the comments or on Twitter.

As a 21 year old, i grew up with Michael Owen, from the stupid childhood crush to the amazement at his pace and ability to weave through defences, he was my idol. Back then he epitomized what Liverpool FC was to me, i loved him so much i named my pet rabbit after him, i afterwards found out the rabbit was female though poor bunny.

My brothers room was plastered with Michael Owen posters and i think it's safe to say he was my first ever favourite player. I find…

Past Players: Volume 3 - Kenny Dalglish

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Basics Full Name: Kenneth Mathieson Dalglish Nickname: King Kenny DOB: 4th March 1951 Height: 5"8


Kenny Dalglish was born and raised in the Scottish city of Glasgow and was a huge Glasgow Rangers fan as a boy so it was quite a surprise when he signed for Celtic and broke into the first team for them in 1971, all that remains to be said is that Rangers must have been gutted that he had chosen the hoops.
Dalglish was based at the club from 1968 but it took the three years for him to mature and prove his worth before Jock Stein called him up to the senior side. He did have trials as a schoolboy at West Ham and Liverpool but they came to no avail. Just 4 years after the young Scotsman burst onto the scene he was made captain of Celtic. Dalglish scored 112 goals in 204 appearances for Celtic.
Dalglish collected many honours in his time at the Scottish club and put in some excellent displays of football, his increasing success made him worthy of an international call up and he was a member o…

Past Players: Volume 2 - Ian Rush

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Ian Rush, a name when uttered instantly guides you to the title of "Kop Hero". A fan favourite, a genuine bloke and a phenomenal goalscorer.

The Basics

Full Name: Ian James Rush
Nickname: Rushie (or Rushy)
D.O.B: 20th October 1961
Birthplace:St.Asaph, Wales
Height: 5'11
Position: Forward

Early Days

Ian Rush made his footballing career debut in 1979 when he left his high school in the Welsh town of St.Asaph for Chester City. He made his debut against Sheffield Wednesday and actually started in midfield. Rush however made it clear that he could be a very useful forward after scoring 14 goals in 34 games for Chester, not a bad start for the young Welsh lad.

Bob Paisley was the man with the plan and it was none other than himself who paid a record fee at the time of £300,000 for the 18 year old Ian Rush. Still to this day the amount paid is a record for Chester City. Despite the fact that Manchester City and Rush's boyhood team of Everton had shown interest, it was Liverpool Footb…

Past Players: Volume 1 - Robbie Fowler

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Robbie Fowler, the man that the Liverpool faithful simply refer to as "God". A career spanning 6 clubs, 2 continents and a mass haulage of goals.

The Basics:
Full Name: Robert Bernard Fowler
Nickname: God
D.O.B:09/04/1975
Height:5'11
Weight: 12st 10lbs

Family Life:
Fowler got married in 2001 to Kerrie Ann Hannon, together they have 4 children, Madison, Jaya, Mackenzie and Jacob.

Outside Of Football:
Fowler is part of a company called "The Macca and Growler partnership". It is a company which invests in racehorses, Steve McManaman is also part of the company. He has seen a few successes through this venture and horse racing is a passion of his outside the footballing world.

Career:
Robbie Fowler made his debut for the Liverpool first team on the 22nd of September 1993. The game against Fulham in the league cup also resulted in him gaining his first Liverpool goal.

Fowler had worked his way up through Liverpool's academy system and there was always a big sense of hope whe…