Cally wore a Liver bird on his chest a remarkable 857 times during 18 years at the club. Words cannot do justice to the amount he has contributed to the game. Liverpool beat Bristol Rovers 4-0 but Callaghan’s performance captured the imagination. ", "BBC SPORT – Football – World Cup 1966 winners honoured", "League table for the 1963–1964 season – LFChistory – Stats galore for Liverpool FC! ", "League table for the 1961–1962 season – LFChistory – Stats galore for Liverpool FC!  Although he was in the squad for the 1966 FIFA World Cup, he did not play in the final and so did not receive a medal. ", The Ian Callaghan interview at LFChistory.net, Ian Callaghan interview at Liverpoolway.co.uk, 1978–79 Football League Third Division PFA Team of the Year, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ian_Callaghan&oldid=977068701, Fort Lauderdale Strikers (1977–1983) players, English Football League representative players, North American Soccer League (1968–1984) players, England under-23 international footballers, English expatriate sportspeople in the United States, English expatriate sportspeople in Australia, English expatriate sportspeople in Ireland, Expatriate soccer players in the United States, Expatriate association footballers in the Republic of Ireland, Members of the Order of the British Empire, Short description is different from Wikidata, Pages using national squad without sport or team link, Wikipedia articles with WorldCat identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only, This page was last edited on 6 September 2020, at 18:56. Callaghan played his first game only six days after his eighteenth birthday replacing his boyhood hero Liddell. Chances are, no one ever will. He even cut it himself to officially declare it open! , * Includes one appearance in the FA Charity Shield, ^ Includes one goal in the FA Charity Shield, Liverpool F.C. ", "Matchdetails from Liverpool – Newcastle United played on 4 May 1974 – LFChistory – Stats galore for Liverpool FC! The headline in the Daily Post read: “A Callaghan debut to remember.” In the Daily Express Graham Fisher wrote: “For Liverpool right-winger Ian Callaghan, a veteran of four Central League games, he just ended the most accomplished League debut I’ve had the pleasure to witness.”, The Untold Story of Billy Howard - Part 2, Talklfc's Kevin captures Callaghan's essence. ", "League table for the 1975–1976 season – LFChistory – Stats galore for Liverpool FC! It was a big step up playing in the first team, and I don't know how I would have coped without someone keeping an eye on me and helping me out of difficult situations. ", "Matchdetails from Liverpool – Borussia Moenchengladbach played on 25 May 1977 – LFChistory – Stats galore for Liverpool FC! Last week we introduced you to Billy Howard, an ardent Kopite who also had the pleasure and privilege to be on Liverpool Football Club's books. Forty years ago Liverpool played their first European game at Anfield Road. Liddell didn’t harbour any doubts: “There is a 17-year-old called Ian Callaghan who looks like taking over from me. ", "When I tell people that I played in one of the matches, they say things like, 'You played for England in '66?' "My all-time favourite memory so far was when we had a new door fitted in the office. ", From Liverpoolfc.tv's interview with Membership Manager Suzanne Cohen in January 2009. But while other youngsters may have buckled in such circumstances, the fresh-faced 17-year-old turned in a performance that belied his tender years and was deservedly applauded off at the end by both teams, the crowd and the referee! Goalscoring legend Dixie Dean asked if he could have set his scoring record in modern football. Liverpool Football Club honoured Ian Callaghan with a special one-hour television show, exactly 50 years to the day the former Reds star made his LFC debut. ", "Liverpool career stats for Ian Callaghan – LFChistory – Stats galore for Liverpool FC! ", "League table for the 1972–1973 season – LFChistory – Stats galore for Liverpool FC! A press article from Liverpool Echo and Daily Express on the 18th of April 1964. Gerry passed away today at 77 years of age and this warm man who was tough as nails on the pitch will be sorely missed. To play almost two hours with a broken collar bone was unbelievable. Callaghan played 857 times for Liverpool between 1960 and 1978, breaking into the first team just after the appointment of Bill Shankly as Liverpool manager. The Sunday Express report on Liverpool - Bristol Rovers on 16.04.1960. ", "Matchdetails from Bruges – Liverpool played on 19 May 1976 – LFChistory – Stats galore for Liverpool FC! He broke his collar bone early in the match and then played right through the game, through extra time and even crossed for Roger to score the first goal. Thankfully he came back fighting fit and the evergreen Callaghan was given a new lease of life in a central midfield role, confounding any doubters by raising his game to an even higher standard. Callaghan’s great reading of the game and incredible work rate made him ideal for this position. As a person, he was a gentle, quiet guy. © Copyright 2020 The Liverpool Football Club and Athletic Grounds Limited. ", Ian Callaghan on Ronnie Moran when Cally was starting out, "If I could play between Ian Callaghan and Peter Thompson I’d still get my 60 goals a season.". Ian Callaghan came in quite a lot and one day he noticed this door. Other clubs: ", "Matchdetails from Liverpool – Manchester United played on 13 August 1977 – LFChistory – Stats galore for Liverpool FC! Ian Robert Callaghan MBE (born 10 April 1942) is an English retired footballer who played as a midfielder.
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