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Ian St John (1938-2021)

2 March 2021

The EFL was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Ian St John at the age of 82.

A true Liverpool and Football League great, he made 425 appearances for the Reds between 1961 and 1971, scoring 118 goals, including the effort which earned them a first-ever FA Cup triumph in 1965.

St John's glittering career also saw him win the First Division on two occasions, as well as the Second Division in 1962. After leaving Liverpool, he would later play for Coventry City and Tranmere Rovers, before announcing his retirement in 1973. 

A member of the Scottish Football Hall of Fame, he also represented his country 21 times, and would go on to manage Scottish club Motherwell, before taking the reins at Portsmouth. 

After leaving his assistant manager role at Sheffield Wednesday in 1979, St John became a TV pundit and struck up a popular partnership with fellow former footballer and Tottenham Hotspur legend Jimmy Greaves. 

His legacy is undoubted and his loss will be felt by the entire football family. He will never be forgotten. 


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