Ian Callaghan

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Ian Callaghan
MBE
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Personal information
Full name Ian Robert Callaghan
Date of birth (1942-04-10) 10 April 1942 (age 76)
Place of birth Toxteth, Liverpool, England
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1959–1978 Liverpool 640 (50)
1978Ft Lauderdale Strikers (loan) 20 (0)
1978–1981 Swansea City 76 (1)
1979Canberra City (loan) 9 (0)
1981 Cork United 2 (0)
1981 Crewe Alexandra 15 (0)
Total 762 (51)
National team
1966–1977 England 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ian Robert Callaghan MBE (born 10 April 1942 in Toxteth, Liverpool) is a retired English footballer who played as a midfielder. He holds the record for most appearances for Liverpool.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Callaghan with Liverpool in 1966.

Callaghan played 857 times for Liverpool between 1960 and 1978, breaking into the first team just after the appointment of Bill Shankly as Liverpool manager. He was a regular member of the first team by the time Liverpool won promotion to the First Division in 1962, and went on to help them win the league title in 1964, 1966, 1973, 1976 and 1977, as well as the 1965 and 1974 FA Cup Finals, the UEFA Cup in 1973 UEFA Cup Final and 1976 UEFA Cup Final, and the European Cup in 1977 and (as a substitute) in 1978. He was voted FWA Footballer of the Year in 1974.[1] He was booked only once in his career, in the 1978 League Cup Final replay at Old Trafford, which Liverpool lost to Nottingham Forest.[2]

Callaghan played in the 1977 European Cup Final, when Liverpool beat Borussia Moenchengladbach 3-1. But in 1978 European Cup, which proved his last year at the club, his playing time was reduced as younger additions like Graeme Souness and Kenny Dalglish established themselves at the club. Callaghan was on the substitutes' bench when Liverpool retained the cup against FC Brugge in 1978.

Callaghan also played four times at senior level for England.[3] Although he was in the squad for the 1966 FIFA World Cup, he did not play in the final and so did not receive a medal. Following a Football Association-led campaign to persuade FIFA to award medals to all the winners’ squad members, Callaghan was presented with his medal by Prime Minister Gordon Brown at a ceremony at 10 Downing Street on 10 June 2009.[4]

He left Liverpool shortly after the 1978 European Cup final and signed for Swansea City, managed by former Liverpool striker John Toshack. He helped Swansea win a second successive promotion in 1979, which took them into the Second Division, and also had brief spells playing in the USA, Australia and Republic of Ireland towards the end of his career. He spent the final season of his career in the English Fourth Division with Crewe Alexandra, making 15 appearances in the 1981-82 season and retiring as a player in his 40th year.[4]

Honours[edit]

Liverpool
England

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1959–60 Liverpool[25] Second Division 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
1960–61 3 0 0 0 2 0 5 0
1961–62 23 1 5 0 0 0 28 1
1962–63 First Division 37 2 6 0 0 0 43 2
1963–64 42 8 5 0 0 0 47 8
1964–65 37 6 8 1 0 0 9 1 55* 8
1965–66 42 5 1 0 0 0 9 0 53* 5
1966–67 40 3 4 0 0 0 5 1 48* 4
1967–68 41 3 9 0 2 1 6 3 58 7
1968–69 42 8 4 1 3 1 2 0 51 10
1969–70 41 3 6 0 2 0 4 2 53 5
1970–71 23 0 5 0 1 0 5 0 34 0
1971–72 41 2 3 0 3 0 4 0 52* 2
1972–73 42 3 4 0 8 0 12 1 66 4
1973–74 42 0 9 0 6 3 4 0 61 3
1974–75 41 1 2 0 3 0 4 1 51* 2
1975–76 40 3 2 0 3 0 12 1 57 4
1976–77 33 1 5 0 2 1 7 0 48* 2
1977–78 26 0 1 0 7 0 6 1 41* 1
USA League Open Cup - North America Total
1978 Fort Lauderdale Strikers NASL 20 0 - 20 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1978–79 Swansea City Third Division 40 0 - - - - 40 0
Australia League - - - Total
1979 Canberra City (loan) NSL 9 0 9 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1979–80 Swansea City Second Division 36 1 - - - - 36 1
Ireland League FAI Cup League Cup Europe Total
1980-81 Cork United LOI 2 0 2 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1981–82 Crewe Fourth Division 15 0 - - - - 15 0
Total England 731 50 79 2 42 7 89 10 948 68
USA 20 0 - 20 0
Australia 9 0 - 9 0
Ireland 2 0 2 0
Career total 762 50 79 2 42 7 89 10 979 68

* Includes one appearance in the FA Charity Shield

^ Includes one goal in the FA Charity Shield

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Appearances". Liverpool F.C. Archived from the original on 13 August 2012. Retrieved 27 August 2012.
  2. ^ "A timeline for Liverpool Football Club - LFChistory - Stats galore for Liverpool FC!". Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Ian Callaghan". England Football Online. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  4. ^ a b "BBC SPORT - Football - World Cup 1966 winners honoured". Retrieved 30 June 2015.
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  7. ^ "League table for the 1972-1973 season - LFChistory - Stats galore for Liverpool FC!". Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  8. ^ "League table for the 1975-1976 season - LFChistory - Stats galore for Liverpool FC!". Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  9. ^ "League table for the 1976-1977 season - LFChistory - Stats galore for Liverpool FC!". Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  10. ^ "League table for the 1961-1962 season - LFChistory - Stats galore for Liverpool FC!". Retrieved 30 June 2015.
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  12. ^ "Matchdetails from Liverpool - Newcastle United played on 4 May 1974 - LFChistory - Stats galore for Liverpool FC!". Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  13. ^ "Matchdetails from Everton - Liverpool played on 13 August 1966 - LFChistory - Stats galore for Liverpool FC!". Retrieved 30 June 2015.
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  15. ^ "Matchdetails from Liverpool - Southampton played on 14 August 1976 - LFChistory - Stats galore for Liverpool FC!". Retrieved 30 June 2015.
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  17. ^ "Matchdetails from Liverpool - Borussia Moenchengladbach played on 25 May 1977 - LFChistory - Stats galore for Liverpool FC!". Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  18. ^ "Matchdetails from Liverpool - Bruges played on 10 May 1978 - LFChistory - Stats galore for Liverpool FC!". Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  19. ^ "Matchdetails from Liverpool - Borussia Moenchengladbach played on 10 May 1973 - LFChistory - Stats galore for Liverpool FC!". Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  20. ^ "Matchdetails from Borussia Moenchengladbach - Liverpool played on 23 May 1973 - LFChistory - Stats galore for Liverpool FC!". Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  21. ^ "Matchdetails from Liverpool - Bruges played on 28 April 1976 - LFChistory - Stats galore for Liverpool FC!". Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  22. ^ "Matchdetails from Bruges - Liverpool played on 19 May 1976 - LFChistory - Stats galore for Liverpool FC!". Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  23. ^ "Matchdetails from Hamburg SV - Liverpool played on 22 November 1977 - LFChistory - Stats galore for Liverpool FC!". Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  24. ^ "Matchdetails from Liverpool - Hamburg SV played on 6 December 1977 - LFChistory - Stats galore for Liverpool FC!". Retrieved 30 June 2015.
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