Liverpool in mourning as 'Anfield Iron' Smith dies

14 April, 2019, 23:56 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Tommy Smith dead: Former Liverpool captain dies 'peacefully in sleep' aged 74

"Smith, who gave nearly two decades of remarkable service to the club and was affectionately nicknamed the "Anfield Iron" by supporters, has died at the age of 74".

Smith's name was etched into the Liverpool teamsheet for the next decade - and, not by coincidence, the trophy cabinet grew ever more crammed.

Tommy was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in October 2014.

Smith made 638 appearances for Liverpool between 1960 and 1978, scoring 48 goals and captained the Reds for three years.

In all, Smith lifted four league titles, a European Cup, two FA Cups and two UEFA Cups during his time with Liverpool.

In a statement on its website, Smith's daughter, Janette, said her father "died very peacefully in his sleep" in his nursing home.

"He had been growing increasingly frail and suffering from a variety of ailments over the last three months especially".

'We are obviously all devastated'.

Former Liverpool captain Tommy Smith has died at the age of 74.

Tributes have come flooding in across Twitter, with many mourning the loss of a true Liverpool legend.

Broadcaster Jim White added: "Sad news tonight as Liverpool great Tommy Smith has died aged 74".

Former pro Jamie Carragher, like Smith a European Cup victor in a red shirt, added: 'No matter what came before, or what comes after, there will never be another Tommy Smith'.

Over his career, Smith played over 600 times for the football club.

Part of the Liverpool Football team with the Charity Shield after a penalty shootout victory over Leeds United at Wembley. He left just after I came, when I came down in 1977. he was an integral part of the dressing room and looked after me, helping me settle in. His memories will be there forever'.

He won nine major honours: that European Cup, four League... Legendary player, legendary moment'.

"The reason being, with people like him, who brought the first ever FA Cup back to Liverpool, the first European Cup in Rome, he scored in that game".



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