Originally the aim of the group was twofold. Firstly to have a lasting memorial to Billy erected in his home village of Townhill. Secondly, to have Billy’s name added to the Scottish Football Association’s Hall of Fame.
On 16th November, 2008 the Scottish Football Association inducted Billy Liddell into SFA Hall of Fame.
The SFA responded to thousands of emails from Reds all over the world. The Liddell family were represented at the event by Billy's son Malcolm. Chairman of the Billy Liddell Memorial Group, Councillor Bill McCulloch said: "He was extremely happy that the SFA had seen fit to add the name of Billy Liddell to the Hall of Fame and I thank everyone who helped make this possible. However, we still have more work to do and more objectives to complete, so our work continues."
Billy Liddell Memorial Group finally reached its goal when the memorial cairn was unveiled on 22nd of May 2010 in Townhill. Click here for photos from this tremendous event.
The website for The Billy Liddell Memorial Group is at http://www.billyliddell.org.uk
You can contact the group:
By Telephone, 01383 602396
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Form - click on this link
By post, at the address below
Community Education Worker
Townhill Community Leisure Centre
Fife KY12 0EN
"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!