July 2, 2022

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Liverpool legend and former Scotland striker Ian St John dies at 82

Former Liverpool and Scotland striker Ian St John has died at the age of 82.

The Scottish forward won two First Division titles under Bill Shankly at Anfield in 1963-64 and 1965-66 and scored the winner in the 1965 FA Cup final.  

He also represented Scotland 26 times and would later go on to manage boyhood club Motherwell, as well as Portsmouth. 

Following his retirement from management, St John moved into punditry and forged a hugely successful on-screen partnership with England legend Jimmy Greaves.

Their ‘Saint and Greavsie’ Saturday programme was hugely popular in the 1980s and 1990s.  

Liverpool legend Ian St John (pictured at Anfield in March 2014) has died at the age of 82

Liverpool legend Ian St John (pictured at Anfield in March 2014) has died at the age of 82

Liverpool legend Ian St John (pictured at Anfield in March 2014) has died at the age of 82

After retiring, St John forged a hugely popular on-screen partnership with England legend Jimmy Greaves

After retiring, St John forged a hugely popular on-screen partnership with England legend Jimmy Greaves

After retiring, St John forged a hugely popular on-screen partnership with England legend Jimmy Greaves

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Liverpool tweeted: ‘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.’

A statement from St John’s family read: ‘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 family would be grateful for privacy at this extremely sad time.’ 

In 2014, St John had his bladder and prostate removed during a battle with cancer after being diagnosed a few years earlier. 

His arrival at Anfield from Motherwell in 1961 for just £37,500 was later described as a ‘turning point’ by Shankly as the Reds became one of Europe’s leading clubs.

He helped form a deadly partnership up front with Roger Hunt and their goals fired Liverpool to promotion from the second tier in St John’s first season at the club. 

St John scored 118 goals in 425 appearances for the Reds, including the decisive goal in extra time to hand Liverpool the club’s first FA Cup title against Leeds at Wembley in 1965. 

But St John is just as famous for his work on television and his show with Greaves, which ran for seven years from 1985, paved the way and set the standard for light-hearted football programmes. 

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St John scored the winner to hand Liverpool their first FA Cup title against Leeds in 1965

St John scored the winner to hand Liverpool their first FA Cup title against Leeds in 1965

St John scored the winner to hand Liverpool their first FA Cup title against Leeds in 1965

He also represented Scotland 26 times and returned to his homeland to manage Motherwell

He also represented Scotland 26 times and returned to his homeland to manage Motherwell

He also represented Scotland 26 times and returned to his homeland to manage Motherwell

In 2014, St John had his bladder and prostate removed during a battle with cancer

In 2014, St John had his bladder and prostate removed during a battle with cancer

In 2014, St John had his bladder and prostate removed during a battle with cancer

St John (right) pictured with Virgil van Dijk and James Milner on a tour of Melwood in 2019