"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.
"His typical move was on the left wing, where he would make for the bye-line before slinging in a fast cross at just the right height. The all-standing Kop would topple forward when he made for the flagpole and you could hear the shout for a "corner" all over the city. His corners were also superb as were his free kicks. He would also cut in from the left and let fly with thunderous shots from either foot.
Sometimes he would switch to the right wing and had an extended period there. But one of his most successful spells was when he was converted to centre forward. He held the line, passed and brought in the wingers, was direct down the middle and could also head the ball. He ran (and walked) with a rolling gait - like a sailor. He could not be knocked off the ball and was rarely injured.
Billy Liddell, we salute you. You were a true legend. You were my first footballing hero. Arguably you were the best of all because you were ours alone. A true Local Hero."
Seamus on the great Billy Liddell