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"Liddell is war's best find" - from 1940.

Article praising Liddell in 1940 (Liddell scored actually his hat-trick in his 2nd game for the Regional league side, not his first as it says here)

Liddell praised in 1940 (Liddell scored actually his hat-trick in his 2nd game for the Regional league side, not his first as it says here).

1942

An interview with Billy after his first wartime international in 1942.

22nd December 1945

A football pantomime of Liverpool's and Everton's players and officials from 22nd December 1945.

1950

A chat with Billy on his performance for Scotland - from 1950.



Liverpool's FA Cup triumph on 4th March 1950 as seen by cartoonist George Green.

From 14th April 1950 - Five Scotland internationals called William preparing for England at Hampden - Scotland lost 0-1.

14th April 1950 - Five Scotland internationals called William preparing for England at Hampden - Scotland lost 1-0.



Liddell on tour with the Liverpool team most likely in May 1952 when it played in Germany, Austria and Spain.

Billy remembers his favourite Liverpool goal which was against Everton in a 4-0 cup win on 29th January 1955.

Liddell a spectator? Actually he landed on the concrete surround at the Kop during a cup-tie with Huddersfield on 19th February 1955.

Article from Sunday Express on 30th January 1956

"The match-winner who became king". From Sunday Express on 30th January 1956.

 When Billy Liddell became the player with the most players' appearances in the League for Liverpool in November 1957, he got a typewriter from the club for his efforts!

When Billy became the player with the highest number of appearances in the League for Liverpool in November 1957, he got a typewriter from the club for his efforts!

Billy on the cover of Charlie Buchan's weekly in August 1959

Billy on the cover of Charlie Buchan's weekly in August 1959.

Billy kicks off unity match in March 1968

Billy kicks off unity match in March 1968.

18th of September 1977

18th of September 1977 ahead of Ian Callaghan's testimonial.

All-star reunion of Liverpool's 1950's FA Cup final team at Jimmy Payne's Lake District hotel in 1979.

The text following this picture taken in 1984 says: Yesterday Billy (62) cleared his desk in the Guild of Undergraduates office and made home for the last time. Billy gets a soccer pitch cake from colleagues, left to right: Barrie Alexander, Dominic Myers and John Parry.

The text accompanying this picture taken in 1984 says: Yesterday Billy (62) cleared his desk in the Guild of Undergraduates office and made home for the last time. Billy gets a soccer pitch cake from colleagues, left to right: Barrie Alexander, Dominic Myers and John Parry.

1984

Soccer idol Billy hangs up... his calculator in 1984.

Billy retires as a justice of the peace in 1992

Billy retires as a justice of the peace in 1992.

1995

"Soccer great is a local hero" from 1995.

1997

"A key role for Billy" from 1997.

A campaign launched in 2008 by Billy Liddell Memorial group to ensure a lasting memorial to him in Dunfermilne and that he would be inducted into SFA's Hall of Fame.

King Billy quote

"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

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