Geoff Twentyman

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This article is about the former Liverpool player. For his son, the Radio Bristol journalist and former Preston and Bristol Rovers player, see Geoff Twentyman, Jr.
Geoff Twentyman
Personal information
Full name Geoffrey Twentyman
Date of birth (1930-01-19)19 January 1930
Place of birth Brampton, England
Date of death 16 February 2004(2004-02-16) (aged 74)
Place of death Southport, England
Playing position Central defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1947–1953 Carlisle United 149 (2)
1953–1959 Liverpool 170 (18)
1959–1963 Ballymena United
1963–1964 Carlisle United 10 (0)
Teams managed
1960–1963 Ballymena United
1964–1965 Morecambe
1965 Hartlepools United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Geoff Twentyman (19 January 1930 – 16 February 2004) was an English footballer who is mainly remembered for his links with Liverpool Football Club as both a player and as chief scout.

Player[edit]

Born Brampton, Carlisle, Cumberland, England, the left-half played for Swift Rovers as an amateur and Carlisle United. Twentyman stood 5’ 11" and was a strong, robust player who made his name at Carlisle as a Centre-Back having been switched there by Bill Shankly during his spell as Manager of the Brunton Park club.

He was spotted by Don Welsh who signed him for Liverpool in the December 1953 for £10,000, he made his debut the same month on the 19th in a league match against arch rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford. United won 5–1. His first goal came almost a year later on 9 November 1954 in a 2–1 win over Hull City in a 2nd Division match at Anfield.

Unfortunately for Liverpool, Twentyman’s signature couldn't prevent them from being relegated by the end of his first season at the club, in fact all of Twentyman's Liverpool appearances were during the dark days in Anfield’s history when they struggled to get out of the 2nd Division, even though they were finishing consistently just outside the promotion places. Twentyman featured in 184 matches scoring 19 goals before leaving Liverpool.

He went on to become Player/Manager of Irish side Ballymena United. Ironically he left the Reds just 9 months before the arrival of his former boss, Shankly. After his spell at Ballymena, Twentyman returned to play for Carlisle for a second time, he also went on to represent Morecambe and Penrith.

Management and scouting[edit]

After his retirement Twentyman had a short 4-month spell as the boss of Hartlepools United before being replaced by a certain Brian Clough. He was then invited by Shankly to return to Liverpool in 1967 to join The Boot Room in the role of Chief Scout. It was in this role that Twentyman made his name at Liverpool discovering such talents as Ian Rush at Chester (£300,000), who became captain and ended up Liverpool's all-time record goalscorer; Phil Neal at Northampton Town (£66,000), who became skipper and won the most medals by a single player in the Reds history; and Alan Hansen at Partick Thistle (£100,000), who also became club captain and was the most elegant of defenders, arguably the best the club has ever had,[citation needed] to name but 3. He eventually spent 21 years in the role working for the likes of Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan and Kenny Dalglish, he finally left in 1986.

He went on to become Chief Scout for Rangers when former Reds Captain Graeme Souness came calling.

Geoff Twentyman died in Southport on 16 February 2004, aged 74.

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