Liddell's two goal comeback

The 1959-60 season proved to be Billy's swansong for the Reds. Liddell started the season with a bang by scoring two goals in the second game of the season on 26th of August 1959. Here is Liverpool Daily Post's report from the game:

Billy Liddell, the Indian rubber man, who makes a habit of bouncing back to stardom from the recurring threat of a quiet termination in the reserve team to a wonderful career, scored two goals in Liverpool's 4-2 victory over Bristol City at Anfield, and was the unluckiest man on the field not to be credited with a hat-trick.

On two other occasions he had the ball in the net to be deprived of goals by infringements split seconds earlier.

When Liverpool were awarded a penalty the crowd roared for Liddell, the "penalty king" to take the shot. Instead Melia converted it into a goal.

Liddell hit the post, fired wide of each upright, had a shot kicked off the line and several times put the ball over the bar. And for all the frustration brought about by the third goal which perversely refused to come, the spectators revelled in the high speed target practice that made Liverpool look a very good side.

Copyright - Liverpool Daily Post

King Billy quote

"After four years at Liverpool University I was a social worker in the city, during which time one of my elderly clients was full of praise for her nephew Billy, who was a great help to her. Among her photographs was one of him in a football shirt. One day in the office I was told that a Mr Liddell wished to see me. In the interview room we discussed what we could do to help his aunt, and he then left. I was then swamped by all the men in the admin section who wanted to know how I came to have Billy Liddell to see me. I remember saying that yes, he was Mr Liddell, so what? They could not believe that I did not know I had been face-to-face with the Liverpool hero."

A letter from Hilary Barnes in The Telegraph

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