Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
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Former Liverpool captain Tommy Smith dies aged 74

Former Liverpool captain Tommy Smith dies aged 74

The 74-year-old passed away on Friday evening following a courageous and dignified battle with dementia.

'I was on my way to see him when he passed a couple of minutes before I arrived. "Mum's death did hit dad especially hard and the illness took a bit of a grip of him after that we feel".

In a story on Liverpool's official website the club said: "The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool Football Club are with Tommy's family and many friends". From left to right are squatting, Tommy Smith, Bill Shankly, Emlyn Hughes and Ian Callaghan.

Smith helped Liverpool win the first of their five European Cups in 1977, heading the crucial goal as they beat Borussia Monchengladbach in Rome under the management of Bob Paisley.

Smith made 638 appearances for Liverpool between 1960 and 1978, scoring 48 goals and captained the Reds for three years.

Smith was part of teams that won nine major trophies while at Liverpool, including four league titles in England's top flight, one European Cup, two UEFA Cups and two FA Cups.

Dalglish, who played alongside Smith for a season at the end of Smith's Liverpool career, said: "He was a great advert for Liverpool Football Club, the way he conducted himself". Amongst the celebrating players are Steve Heighway, Ray Kennedy, Emlyn Hughes, Terry McDermott, Phil Neal, Tommy Smith and Ray Clemence. Legendary player, legendary moment'.

Carragher said: "An incredible man and player, the "Anfield iron" as he was christened by Bill Shankly".

The Anfield club announced Smith - a multiple trophy victor during his time with them - had died on Friday night.

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

Smith was one of the most influential figures in the club's long history, spending 18 years with the club.

He wrote on Twitter: "RIP The Anfield Iron Tommy Smith".

He is survived by a daughter, a son and four grandchildren.

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