Liverpool FC express sorrow as striker legend Ian St John passes away

Ian St John, Liverpool 1968

Former Liverpool and Scotland striker Ian St John has died at the age of 82, the Merseyside club have announced.

St John joined the Reds from Motherwell in 1961 and went on to play 425 times. He scored 118 goals, which currently puts him 13th on Liverpool’s all-time goalscoring chart.

The Scotsman helped the Reds to win promotion in his first season with the club. St John then helped them to FA Cup glory in 1965, scoring the extra-time winner over Leeds United at Wembley.

St John then won two top-flight titles during a 10-year stay at Anfield.

Having left Liverpool in 1971,  St John spent a brief spell with Hellenic in South Africa. He then returned to England to join Coventry City and then, ‘the Saint’ retired in 1973 following a brief stint with Tranmere Rovers.

Liverpool statement

Announcing his passing in a statement, Liverpool said: “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.”


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