Liverpool legend and former captain Tommy Smith has died aged 74

Tanya Simon
April 14, 2019

In total, Liverpool-born Smith, who grew up in the shadow of Anfield before joining the club he supported as a boy, won the English title four times, the FA Cup twice, the European Cup once and the UEFA Cup twice.

He captained the Reds for three years and scored 48 goals between 1962 and 1978 including one in the 1977 European Cup final, when Liverpool beat Borussia Moenchengladbach 3-1 to lift the trophy for the first time.

Tommy Smith - who sadly passed away today at the age of 74 - lived a Liverpool lad's dream during an era of nearly continual success for the club.

Former team-mate Phil Thompson said: "I loved him from the Kop because of his passion, his will, his commitment, never say die attitude, it was everything Bill Shankly wanted from a player".

He said: "Tommy Smith was fantastic servant to Liverpool Football Club".

Tommy Smith's daughter, Janette Simpson, spoke with the club and said on Friday: "Dad died very peacefully in his sleep shortly after 4.30pm today at his nursing home".

The club put out a statement on their official Twitter account which reads: "We're deeply saddened by the passing of our former captain Tommy Smith, aged 74".

"Very sad to see him go but his memories will be there forever".

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Smith joined the club first as part of the Anfield groundstaff and then as part of Liverpool's school boy sides until he debuted late in the 1962-63 season.

Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen shared a video of Smith scoring in the 1977 European Cup final.

'He had been growing increasingly frail and suffering from a variety of ailments over the last three months especially.

"The word legend is used a lot, certainly at Liverpool Football Club".

"We are obviously all devastated".

But his breakthrough into the team did not come until the 64-65, which saw him play in 25 league games and culminated with the Reds' first FA Cup victory.

Smith spent a brief period coaching following his playing days, but would go onto to spend much of his retirement as a columnist for the Liverpool Echo.

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