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Tommy Smith

Born 5th April 1945 - Liverpool

Games 632 with 1 sub appearance scoring 48 goals

Honours - 1 European Cup, 4 League Championships, 2 FA Cup, 2 UEFA Cups, 1 England Cap

The Anfield Iron would have run through a brick wall for the mighty reds and sadly today now pays for that courage by suffering from serious pain throughout his whole body.  He probably has more plastic inside him than bone.  Smith made his reds debut back in May 1963 and went on to play for the reds right through to 1978.  He helped to win the reds first ever European Cup in Rome 1977 with the second reds goal from a corner.

Smith was a right back of high quality and the only area of his career that was not aptly rewarded was his international caps.  He only managed to win one cap and quite frankly that is the loss of England.  The player captained the side in the early seventies following the retirement of Ron Yeats and he managed to steer the reds to Euro glory in the UEFA cup as well as the league.  After being replaced as captain however he nearly joined Stoke City but after regaining his place in the side he continued to play well.

In 1977 after suffering with knee problems he announced that he intended to retire in the near future.  However he managed to find a place back in the reds 77 side and saw himself winning a league medal, losing the cup final before going to Rome and scoring a wonderful header aganst Moenchengladbach.  The success did him proud and he was prepared to stay at the club for longer and nearly made another European cup final appearance the following season but for injury.  After the 77-78 season he left the club for Swansea following a better playing deal.  He later returned to the club in a coaching role but it never lasted.  Today he regularly writes for the local paper and makes his comments widely known this way.