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Jimmy Case is healthier remembered for a amazing FA Cup ultimate aim and a deserved acceptance as one in every of football's actual tough males. yet that does scant justice to a profession that lined greater than seven hundred appearances for 7 league golf equipment and didn't finish till he retired, via harm, on the age of 41.Raised on Merseyside, Jimmy begun at his cherished Liverpool, turning into a key participant within the all-conquering crew of the overdue Nineteen Seventies along stars like Kevin Keegan, John Toshack, Ray Clemence, Phil Thompson, Kenny Dalglish and his nice associates, Tommy Smith and Ray Kennedy. At Anfield, the place he used to be signed by means of invoice Shankly and guided via Bob Paisley, Jimmy gained a boxful of medals: 4 league titles, 3 eu cups plus a bunch of alternative household honours which inform the reality approximately Jimmy Case - that he had even more than a tricky take on and a ferocious shot. As Jimmy himself says, you couldn't get in that Liverpool workforce should you couldn't play.His ambition used to be to play his complete profession at Liverpool yet destiny despatched him on a special course: to Brighton, the place he virtually gained the FA Cup; to Southampton, the place he performed greater than two hundred video games; to Bournemouth; Halifax; Wrexham; and a unmarried time out for Darlington. alongside the best way he got here up opposed to gamers like Andy grey, Graeme Souness, David Speedie, Graeme Sharp and Norman Whiteside, frequently with painful results.Packed with incident and anecdotes, often humorous - yet sometimes unhappy - this can be the tale of Jimmy Case, a real soccer legend.

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Yet that didn’t cease greater than forty-two thousand lovers squeezing into Anfield to wave their heroes off for the summer season. As I regarded around the flooring, on the flags and scarves waving at the Kop, I did consider a couple of nerves, strange for me, however it was once in simple terms simply because i needed to pay off the coaches for having religion in me and that i desired to do it for my relations, in particular Mum who had supported me correct from while i used to be a child. It was once all a little surprise for her and pa. earlier than the sport I simply had sufficient time to enter the gamers’ front room and inform them that i used to be within the group. They have been made up, the pair of them. Now they have been sitting up within the stands, looking at me taking part in for Liverpool, so sure, i used to be a bit fearful. yet because it became out the sport went pretty much for me. After Tosh placed us 1–0 up, I acquired introduced down within the field through the ex-Chelsea defender Dave Webb. Kevin Keegan scored from the spot after which 5 mins from time I fired in a move for Tosh to attain his moment. assists on my debut, i used to be pleased with that. My in simple terms remorse was once that it was once the tip of the season and that i must wait 3 months to attempt to construct on it. I kicked my heels via that sizzling summer time of ’75, did a bit fishing with my dad and saved myself healthy, the entire whereas hoping i might be picked back while the hot season begun. And the indicators have been promising. I acquired to line up subsequent to my most sensible mate Ray Kennedy at the first staff squad picture and funnily sufficient, the 1st video game used to be opposed to QPR, away at Loftus highway… yet I didn’t even make the subs bench. So it used to be again to the reserves, maintaining my head down and dealing demanding, simply hoping one other likelihood could come my approach. Liverpool misplaced that first online game 2–0, then drew at domestic to West Ham: only one aspect from the 1st video games. possibly that pressured Bob Paisley’s hand simply because for the subsequent fit, a house online game with Spurs, he needed to pass over Ian Callaghan and picked me in his position. Cally was once certainly one of my heroes, yet I knew I needed to do every thing i may to maintain his blouse. there has been one other forty-two thousand robust crowd packed in for a cracker of a fit. Spurs had an honest adequate facet in these days with Martin Chivers, John Duncan, Steve Perryman, Alfie Conn, Jimmy Pratt, Cyril Knowles and Pat Jennings in target. We gained 3–2 and within the sixty-eighth minute I thumped one previous Jennings to attain my first senior objective for Liverpool. I have in mind a newspaper slicing on the time that acknowledged the FA were considering banning gamers from kissing and cuddling after a target and there has been me, being swamped and hugged via Emlyn Hughes, Peter Cormack, Phil Thompson and Terry McDermott! one other crimson letter second for James Robert Case. My head was once spinning, yet there has been no likelihood of me getting over excited. Bob Paisley observed to that once he left me out back for the subsequent fit. I didn’t comprehend what extra I needed to do however it used to be simply his manner of telling me that avid gamers like Cally have been there and performed it, week in, week out, and that i needed to persist with their instance if i used to be going to set up myself as a fully-fledged first workforce campaigner.

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