"It has often been said that there is no sentiment in football, but I believe that my career, at least, has proved that wrong. Every Scot is proud of his heritage, but I am equally proud to know that in the city of my adoption I am accepted as a fellow-Liverpudlian. It hardly seems 22 years since I was being warned about the "terrible" city which has meant so much to me.
I cannot recall who said that a city is not just bricks and mortar and fine buildings, it is the people in it, but it expresses what I think. I would like to take the opportunity of thanking the much-maligned Liverpool supporters for the encouragement they have given to me. I have always been happy at Anfield for I know we have the staunchest bunch of supporters in the land. I do feel that the Kop is very biased at times, but in this sport which is fast becoming commercialised, the fans have a part to play in the team's success. The Kop crowd certainly have done their hardest to cheer Liverpool back to its rightful place, and I hope they will be able to achieve it this season, even though the club's start has been a disappointing one. I would like to think when I finally retire at the end of the season, Liverpool will be back in the First Division.
Although my testimonial game is staged to-night, I hope I will still have the chance of helping Liverpool to reach their elusive target."
- Billy Liddell on the eve of his testimonial on 21st of September 1960.
The National Football Museum has bestowed Billy Liddell with the greatest honour there is in the English game by inducting him into its Hall of Fame. The Scottish Football Association inducted Billy Liddell into Scottish football's Hall of Fame in November 2008 after a powerful campaign by the Billy Liddell Memorial Group so now the Scotsman has been honoured on both sides of the border. The induction ceremony takes place at the National Football Museum on 19th of October.
Billy Liddell who Bob Paisley stated "would be beyond price in any era" had a memorial plaque revealed at Anfield 11 years ago today.
Billy Liddell and John Barnes played a total of 941 games and scored 336 goals for Liverpool in 1946-1960 and 1987-1997 respectively. Read about the meeting of two of the greatest left-wingers in Liverpool's history.
Billy was my idol when I was at school and it was fantastic to take over from him. I had so much respect for him. Great man - It's very hard to compare decades, but in the 50s, they used to call them Liddellpool. He was a god in Liverpool. I took over from him on the wing and he finished playing not long after that. Billy Liddell was incredible. When I went to my first professional football match it was Liverpool. When Billy got the ball the anticipation from the crowd was just huge. What is he going to do with it? Is he going to shoot from 30 yards or take it past people? He was wonderful. Billy played with a heavy ball on the heavy pitches. The way he used to kick the ball, wow! He was so strong!
Later I worked for the Littlewoods Pools Company Spot the ball and Billy was on the panel. Billy was the chairman and I actually took over as chairman from Billy. I got to know him and he was a really quiet and a really nice man. Terrific. He is one of those of the people who will always be remembered in Liverpool like Shankly and Paisley.
Ian Callaghan - Liverpool 1960-1978 - Quote from LFChistory's exclusive interview with Ian in 2008.