Merseyside mourns today, as one of the club’s iconic footballers passed away, aged 82.
The title of ‘legend’ is sometimes applied too generously, but in the case of Ian St John, no other descriptor would do the job. Signed for a record fee by Bill Shankly in the manager’s second year in charge, the Scot remained at the club for a decade, racking up 425 appearances, and winning two league titles along with the Reds’ first ever FA Cup, in which he scored the winner in extra time.
The 82-year old passed away on Monday evening following a period of illness.
“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,” read a statement from St John’s family.
“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.”
Although few members of this board are likely to have watched the man in action, his legacy is undoubtedly as an integral part of the club we all cherish, and its illustrious history.
Our thoughts are with St John’s friends and family, and everyone grieving this loss in a difficult time.
RIP Ian St John 1938 – 2021.
You’ll Never Walk Alone.