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A true footballer

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Would not normally post something like this in here and not a Liverpool fan 

but compared to many in today’s game this man was a true club footballer 

Former Liverpool captain Tommy Smith, who helped the club to domestic and European success in the 1960s and 1970s, has died aged 74.

Known as the "Anfield Iron", Smith had an 18-year career at Anfield, during which he won four league titles.

they really don’t make them like this any more and died too young 

nick 

 

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Old school defender. Hard as nails and never afraid to get stuck in. Doubt he’d stay on the pitch longer than ten minutes with today’s refs. RIP Tommy.

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The days of Tommy Smith and Norman Hunter are long gone, todays prima donnas would not come out of the changing rooms.

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Players as mentioned above plus McKay and Harris et al had a specific job to do & did it well, not always pretty but effective, some could even pass a ball:D

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Hard as nails and committed to the cause and was an after dinner speaker at an HTFC sporting dinner many years ago and was a gent off the pitch. From memory he'd had a replacement hip bout 3 weeks earlier but still fulfilled his booking.

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Hard as nails. 

Loved his ale too much and was hammered throughout the 80s.

RIP. 

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Saw him as an after dinner speaker many years ago. He talked about playing with pain killing injections in his knees to play. He was walking with a stick and mentioned he'd had some nerves severed in his knees to kill the pain he was suffering. The Anfield Iron was obviously doing the after dinner circuit to make ends meet. So different from today's brand of top flight multimillionaire footballers who are 'made for life' after even 2 or 3 seasons in the Premiership. Respect to a man of his time when football was played by men, not cheating prima donnas rolling around holding their faces when there has been no or the slightest contact. A wack from Smithy would have sorted them out. A pleasure to have met him and watched him play in the 70s. A true great. Rip

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