Liddell's two goal comeback

The 1959-60 season proved to be Billy's swansong for the Reds. Liddell started the season with a bang by scoring two goals in the second game of the season on 26th of August 1959. Here is Liverpool Daily Post's report from the game:

Billy Liddell, the Indian rubber man, who makes a habit of bouncing back to stardom from the recurring threat of a quiet termination in the reserve team to a wonderful career, scored two goals in Liverpool's 4-2 victory over Bristol City at Anfield, and was the unluckiest man on the field not to be credited with a hat-trick.

On two other occasions he had the ball in the net to be deprived of goals by infringements split seconds earlier.

When Liverpool were awarded a penalty the crowd roared for Liddell, the "penalty king" to take the shot. Instead Melia converted it into a goal.

Liddell hit the post, fired wide of each upright, had a shot kicked off the line and several times put the ball over the bar. And for all the frustration brought about by the third goal which perversely refused to come, the spectators revelled in the high speed target practice that made Liverpool look a very good side.

Copyright - Liverpool Daily Post

King Billy quote

"The turning point of my young life came after I had been to a Youth Club dance one Saturday night. On returning home shortly before midnight I was surprised to see a light in the living-room. Normally my parents were in bed soon after ten o' clock. Both mother and father were still up and dressed, and were obviously not there to tick me off for being out so late. There was clearly something in the wind, though what it was I couldn't imagine. Certainly I was not prepared for the words which came immediately I had answered their questions about the dance. Mother could not keep silent longer. Neither could she prepare me gradually for the shock to come. Right out without any preliminaries, she asked: 'Willie, how would you like to live in Liverpool?'

I could only stand and stare. I hadn't the slightest idea what the question conveyed. Football at that moment was far from my thoughts and Liverpool had never been in them at all. When I found words at last all I could say was: 'What on earth do you mean?' Then it came out bit by bit, and as it did I realized that, at the age of sixteen-and-a-half, I was at an important crossroads in my young life."

Billy Liddell on his way to Liverpool!

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