Ian Callaghan

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Ian Callaghan
MBE
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Callaghan in 2016
Personal information
Full nameIan Robert Callaghan
Date of birth (1942-04-10) 10 April 1942 (age 78)
Place of birth Toxteth, Liverpool, England
Position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1959–1978 Liverpool 640 (50)
1978Ft Lauderdale Strikers (loan) 20 (0)
1978–1981 Swansea City 76 (1)
1979Canberra City (loan) 9 (0)
1981 Cork United 2 (0)
1981 Crewe Alexandra 15 (0)
Total762(51)
National team
1966–1977 England 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ian Robert Callaghan MBE (born 10 April 1942) is an English retired footballer who played as a midfielder. He holds the record for most appearances for Liverpool. [1]

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Playing career

Liverpool

Callaghan with Liverpool in 1966 Ian Callaghan (1966).jpg
Callaghan with Liverpool in 1966

Callaghan played 857 times for Liverpool between 1960 and 1978, breaking into the first team just after the appointment of Bill Shankly as Liverpool manager. He was a regular member of the first team by the time Liverpool won promotion to the First Division in 1962, and went on to help them win the league title in 1964, 1966, 1973, 1976 and 1977, as well as the 1965 and 1974 FA Cup Finals, the UEFA Cup in 1973 UEFA Cup Final and 1976 UEFA Cup Final, and the European Cup in 1977 and (as a substitute) in 1978. He was voted FWA Footballer of the Year in 1974. [1] He was booked only once in his career, in the 1978 League Cup Final replay at Old Trafford, which Liverpool lost to Nottingham Forest. [2]

Callaghan played in the 1977 European Cup Final, when Liverpool beat Borussia Moenchengladbach 3–1. But in the 1978 season, which proved his last year at the club, his playing time was reduced as younger additions like Graeme Souness and Kenny Dalglish established themselves at the club. Callaghan was on the substitutes' bench when Liverpool retained the European Cup against FC Brugge in 1978.

Later club career

He left Liverpool shortly after the 1978 European Cup final and signed for Swansea City, managed by former Liverpool striker John Toshack. He helped Swansea win a second successive promotion in 1979, which took them into the Second Division, and also had brief spells playing in the USA, Australia and Ireland towards the end of his career. He spent the final season of his career in the English Fourth Division with Crewe Alexandra, making 15 appearances in the 1981–82 season and retiring as a player in his 40th year. [3]

England

Callaghan also played four times at senior level for England. [4] Although he was in the squad for the 1966 FIFA World Cup, he did not play in the final and so did not receive a medal. He did play in the group-stage match versus France, one of three wingers tried before manager Alf Ramsey decided to go with a team with no wingers. Following a Football Association-led campaign to persuade FIFA to award medals to all the winners' squad members, Callaghan was presented with his medal by Prime Minister Gordon Brown at a ceremony at 10 Downing Street on 10 June 2009. [3]

Callaghan's second England appearance came against France on 20 July 1966. His next appearance was against Switzerland on 7 September 1977, aged 35. [4] This gap of 11 years 49 days between appearances is the longest such interval for any England player. [5]

Career statistics

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueNational CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Liverpool [6] 1959–60 Second Division 40000040
1960–61 Second Division30002050
1961–62 Second Division2315000281
1962–63 First Division 3726000432
1963–64 First Division4285000478
1964–65 First Division37681009155*8
1965–66 First Division42510009053*5
1966–67 First Division40340005148*4
1967–68 First Division413902163587
1968–69 First Division4284131205110
1969–70 First Division413602042535
1970–71 First Division230501050340
1971–72 First Division41230304052*2
1972–73 First Division4234080121664
1973–74 First Division420906340613
1974–75 First Division41120304151*2
1975–76 First Division4032030121574
1976–77 First Division33150217048*2
1977–78 First Division26010706141*1
Total64049792426891185768
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1978 NASL 200200
Swansea City 1978–79 Third Division 400400
1979–80 Second Division361361
Total761000000761
Canberra City (loan) 1979 NSL 9090
Cork United 1980–81 LOI 2020
Crewe Alexandra 1981–82 Fourth Division 150150
Career total76250792426891197968

* Includes one appearance in the FA Charity Shield

^ Includes one goal in the FA Charity Shield

Honours

Liverpool

England

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