Press articles

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"Liddell is war's best find" - from 1940.

Article praising Liddell in 1940 (Liddell scored actually his hat-trick in his 2nd game for the Regional league side, not his first as it says here)

Liddell praised in 1940 (Liddell scored actually his hat-trick in his 2nd game for the Regional league side, not his first as it says here).

1942

An interview with Billy after his first wartime international in 1942.

22nd December 1945

A football pantomime of Liverpool's and Everton's players and officials from 22nd December 1945.

1950

A chat with Billy on his performance for Scotland - from 1950.



Liverpool's FA Cup triumph on 4th March 1950 as seen by cartoonist George Green.

From 14th April 1950 - Five Scotland internationals called William preparing for England at Hampden - Scotland lost 0-1.

14th April 1950 - Five Scotland internationals called William preparing for England at Hampden - Scotland lost 1-0.



Liddell on tour with the Liverpool team most likely in May 1952 when it played in Germany, Austria and Spain.

Billy remembers his favourite Liverpool goal which was against Everton in a 4-0 cup win on 29th January 1955.

Liddell a spectator? Actually he landed on the concrete surround at the Kop during a cup-tie with Huddersfield on 19th February 1955.

Article from Sunday Express on 30th January 1956

"The match-winner who became king". From Sunday Express on 30th January 1956.

 When Billy Liddell became the player with the most players' appearances in the League for Liverpool in November 1957, he got a typewriter from the club for his efforts!

When Billy became the player with the highest number of appearances in the League for Liverpool in November 1957, he got a typewriter from the club for his efforts!

Billy on the cover of Charlie Buchan's weekly in August 1959

Billy on the cover of Charlie Buchan's weekly in August 1959.

Billy kicks off unity match in March 1968

Billy kicks off unity match in March 1968.

18th of September 1977

18th of September 1977 ahead of Ian Callaghan's testimonial.

All-star reunion of Liverpool's 1950's FA Cup final team at Jimmy Payne's Lake District hotel in 1979.

The text following this picture taken in 1984 says: Yesterday Billy (62) cleared his desk in the Guild of Undergraduates office and made home for the last time. Billy gets a soccer pitch cake from colleagues, left to right: Barrie Alexander, Dominic Myers and John Parry.

The text accompanying this picture taken in 1984 says: Yesterday Billy (62) cleared his desk in the Guild of Undergraduates office and made home for the last time. Billy gets a soccer pitch cake from colleagues, left to right: Barrie Alexander, Dominic Myers and John Parry.

1984

Soccer idol Billy hangs up... his calculator in 1984.

Billy retires as a justice of the peace in 1992

Billy retires as a justice of the peace in 1992.

1995

"Soccer great is a local hero" from 1995.

1997

"A key role for Billy" from 1997.

A campaign launched in 2008 by Billy Liddell Memorial group to ensure a lasting memorial to him in Dunfermilne and that he would be inducted into SFA's Hall of Fame.

King Billy quote

"Given the history of the club for much of the second half of the twentieth century it is hard to understand that for so much of an era one man carried the hopes of the fans. But as I've said before these were the LIDDELL days and we were proud at the time to call our team LIDDELLPOOL. You see as the club slid from the level of Championship Winners to Championship contenders and Cup Finalists to having what many fans believe was our worst ever team there was only one ray of hope and that was Billy Liddell. Once the rot had set in the decline was swift and as the press reports of the time would tell you only Billy Liddell kept the team afloat. Yes I know you've heard it all before, but you're going to hear it again and again until my fingers bleed. There was a time when one man did make a team and when one man was bigger than the club. When the inevitable relegation came there wasn't any transfer demand from Billy Liddell, there was just a determination to restore pride and status to a fallen club and Billy was determined to play his part.

Wooltonian

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