Football career

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Billy proud with a Scottish cap from 1952-53

Billy proud with a Scottish cap from 1952-53.

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Billy warming up, stylish as ever!

Billy walks the ball into the net in the Lancashire Senior Cup on 24th October 1956

Billy walks the ball into the net in the Lancashire Senior Cup on 24th October 1956.

Liddell scores vs Portsmouth on the opening day of the 1953-54 season at Anfield. Liverpool recorded a 3-1 win which turned out only to be one of nine that season as Liverpool got relegated to the 2nd division.

Liddell scores vs Portsmouth on the opening day of the 1953-54 season at Anfield.

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Liddell scoring the famous cup equalizer against Manchester City which was disallowed, as the final whistle had already been blown. As a result City knocked out Liverpool of the 5th round of the FA Cup at Anfield 1-2 in 1956. You can see the referee raising his arm as he signals for full-time as the ball is on its way to the City net.

Liddell scoring the famous cup equalizer against Manchester City which was disallowed, as the final whistle had already been blown. As a result City knocked out Liverpool of the 5th round of the FA Cup at Anfield 1-2 in 1956. You can see the referee raising his arm as he signals for full-time as the ball is on its way to the City net.

Billy with Sir Stanley Matthews (left) and Roy Paul (right) in a practice game at Maine Road prior to the match between Great Britain and the Rest of Europe in Belfast in 1955.

Billy with Sir Stanley Matthews (left) and Roy Paul (right) in a practice game at Maine Road prior to the match between Great Britain and the Rest of Europe in Belfast in 1955.

Billy let's fly against Charlton Athletic at Anfield!

Billy lets fly against Charlton Athletic at Anfield!

Billy Liddell just misses the target in the 1947 FA Cup semi-final

Billy Liddell just misses the target in the 1947 FA Cup semi-final.

 

Trainer Albert Shelley showing Liverpool's players what to play with.
 

Panic at Lincoln City!

Panic at Lincoln City!

Billy shoots and scores vs Blackburn on 16th of February 1957

Billy shoots and scores vs Blackburn on 16th of February 1957.

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No such goalscoring luck this time around in April 1957.

No such goalscoring luck this time around in April 1957.

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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