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Joe Fagan

Joe Fagan - 1983-1985

Joe Fagan may only have been manager of Liverpool Football Club for a couple of season but that doesn't tell the story of a fantastically loyal man. Nor does it tell you about his achievemts of winning the very first treble. The saddest part about Joe Fagan's career is that his retirement will always be remembered as post Heysel.

Joe Fagan started his career as a player with Manchester City, Bradford, Altrincham and Nelson. He was a player manager at Nelson and later went on to become a trainer at Rochdale. His playing days should actually be noted for the fact that the great Bill Shankly tried to sign him for his then club Grimsby Town.

Fagan joined the Reds ' backroom staff in 1958 shortly before the arrival of the great Scot and it was actually on the recommendation of future Everton boss Harry Catterick. fagan worked his way quietly through the ranks of the club picking up vast amount of knowledge along the way.

When Bill Shankly retired in 1974 Smokin' Joe became assistant manager to Bob Paisley. Fagan was always there for the club and he became a natural successor for the managerial role at Anfield when Paisley retired at the end of the 1982-83 season.

Joe Fagan inherited a quality side and young. With his side making an assault on four fronts that first season as well no-one could quite believe how successful he became when he won three trophies - the first English club manager to achieve such a feat.

Fagan firstly won the League Cup with the Reds seeing off Everton in a replay at Maine Road before capturing the League title for a third successive year. That treble achievement was completed in Rome when a whistling Joe Fagan saw his side win the European cup for a fourth time against a side playing at home.

Fagan stayed on for another season although a few months before it had ended he had already informed the club of his decision to step down. The Reds had had a difficult season, ending second in the league after a slow start and were knocked out of both cup competitions at home. In Europe though the Reds marched on to meet Juventus in the 1985 final. Sadly thugh this was marred by the Heysel disaster and Joe returned hom after the match with tears in his eyes. A sad end to a great man's career.

Joe Fagan witnessed the clubs second treble in 2001 but sadly died aged 80 during the summer of 2001.

Joe Fagan - The original Treble Winner