Tommy Smith: Liverpool legend dies, aged 74

Tommy Smith: Liverpool legend dies, aged 74

The Liverpool FC team which won the FA Cup final in 1965, (back row, from left) Gordon Milne, Gerry Byrne, Tommy Lawrence, Ron Yeats, Chris Lawler and Willie Stevenson, (front row, from left) Ian Callaghan, Roger Hunt, Ian St John, Tommy Smith and Peter Thompson. "Great captain and leader of men thoughts are with family and friends", Clemence said.

Arguably his biggest goal came toward the end of his run with Liverpool, as he scored the victor in the 1977 European Cup final over Borussia Monchengladbach.

Tommy Smith's daughter Janette Simpson confirmed the news of his death in a statement to the Liverpool Echo. Dad was only in here since the end of January and prior to that had been living in a care and sheltered accommodation complex for three years in Maghull.

The Anfield club announced Smith - a multiple trophy victor during his time with them - had died on Friday night.

"He had been growing increasingly frail and suffering from a variety of ailments over the last three months especially".

"To go on and play with him, rub shoulders with him, go into battles with him. he was iconic".

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Peter Thompson made 416 appearances for Liverpool to sit 24th on the club's all-time appearances list scoring 54 goals.

'We are obviously all devastated'.

"Sad to hear that @LFC player Tommy Smith has died today aged 74". Legendary player, legendary moment'.

Smith's no-nonsense performances at the heart of Liverpool's defence saw him nicknamed the "Anfield Iron" during his 18-year spell on Merseyside. "I think he played in the first FA Cup final that we won and scored a goal in the first European Cup final that we won".

Smith joined the club first as part of the Anfield groundstaff and then as part of Liverpool's school boy sides until he debuted late in the 1962-63 season.

Tommy is survived by Janette, son Darren and four grandchildren, Matthew, William, Jessica and Imogen.