Joe Fagan has earned a place among the Anfield heroes

"Play Up, Liverpool"

Tuesday, July 3 – 2001
(by Alan Hansen)
It was a measure of the esteem and respect that Liverpool players held for Joe Fagan that over 20 of us attended a surprise 80th birthday party for him at an Italian restaurant back in March. Little did I know then that it would be the last time I saw Joe, who fell ill shortly afterwards and died at the weekend at the age of 80.

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That night was a lovely occasion and a great way to remember Joe. Players from five different decades cleared their diaries to make sure they were there, even though 16 years had passed since he had retired.

We bought Joe a bottle of his favourite Scotch and we did what all old players and managers do – sat down, drank, and reminisced about the old days and the great times we had together.

Joe enjoyed every…

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