Former Liverpool and Scotland forward, Ian St John dies at age 82
Former Liverpool and Scotland forward Ian St John has dies at the age of 82 after a long illness. Ian was Liverpool favourite forward who joined the club from hometown team Motherwell, Scotland in 1961 for a club record transfer fee of £37,500.
Former Liverpool and Scotland forward Ian St John has dies at the age of 82 after a long illness. Ian was Liverpool favourite forward who joined the club from hometown team Motherwell, Scotland in 1961 for a club record transfer fee of £37,500. He played 425 games for “You will never walk alone”, scoring 118 goals. He won two top-flight titles and scored the decisive goal as Liverpool lifted their first FA Cup in 1965. St John also earned 21 Scotland caps and managed Motherwell and Portsmouth.
He latter enjoyed a successful career as a TV pundit, teaming up with former England striker Jimmy Greaves to front the hugely popular ‘Saint and Greavsie’ show which ran until 1992.
The statement from St John family said:
It is with a heavy heart that we have to inform you that after a long illness we have lost a husband, father and grandfather. He passed away peacefully with his family at his bedside. We would like to thank all the staff at Arrowe Park Hospital for their hard work and dedication during these very difficult times.
The reigning Premier League champions Liverpool are saddened by the fallen of their Anfield legend, Ian St John.
These are reactions from the Liverpool club and fans across the world:
We are deeply saddened by the passing of a true Anfield legend, Ian St John.
The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool Football Club are with Ian's family and friends at this sad and difficult time.
Rest in peace, Ian St John 1938-2021.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) March 2, 2021
Everton club also reacted to the sad news:
A real loss to the game and one felt heavily in our city. A rival for many years but a popular figure on and off the pitch.
— Everton (@Everton) March 2, 2021
RIP Ian St John, 82.
Liverpool football legend & great TV broadcaster.
Loved his double act with Jimmy Greaves on Saint & Greavsie – such a knowledgable, warm, funny guy. Sad news. pic.twitter.com/DpLnZGzwYR
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 2, 2021
James Milner also reacted to the news:
— James Milner (@JamesMilner) March 2, 2021
We are very sad to hear the Saint has passed away Ian St John and I had great fun working on the Saint and Greavsie He was a lovely man & will be sadly missed by many many people. we must also remember he was a great footballer for Bill Shankly's Liverpool and beyond. #IanStJohn pic.twitter.com/pJHQVnxjpW
— Jimmy Greaves (@jimmy_greaves) March 2, 2021