Star profile: Ian Callaghan

July 23, 1977
Liverpool’s Ian Callaghan, a legend in his own lifetime, is running as strong as ever and at 35 has never lost his appetite for the game. He was in at the first start of the first great Liverpool era, and has been an important part of the Anfield success story ever since.

He has championship medals from 1965, 1966, 1973, 1976 and 1977; FA Cup winners medals from 1965 and 1974; a World Cup cap for England; a European Cup and two UEFA Cup medals, the M.B.E. and the Footballer of the Year award of 1974.

Remarkably, he has never been booked, for he’s very much the gentleman on the field as well as off it. He was asked to sign on a as a professional at Anfield at 17 by Bill Shankly after he had played as a part-timer and worked as an apprentice central-heating engineer.

He’s never had any regret about being a one-club man and appreciates the life that football has brought him. He used to relish playing on the wing with Peter Thompson on the other side, but he adapted successfully to the switch to midfield at the start of the ‘Seventies which has probably prolonged his life at the top. His busy, unselfish work in midfield, his inch-perfect passes and reading of the game, and his wealth of experience have all been invaluable to Liverpool’s championship side.

Callaghan, who was born in Toxteth, runs an insurance brokers business in Lydiate with a full-time partner. He has no plans at the moment to go into management or coaching when he hangs up his boots, as he regards it as a poor substitute for playing.

He is married to Linda, a Liverpool girl and they have two young daughters.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: July 23, 1977; via © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited


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