15. aug. 2006

En af de gamle drenge


Min favorithjemmeside (hm spøjst ord hjemmeside), ehm men min favorit hjemmeside er ved at køre en feature af med de 100 spillere der på den ene eller anden måde rystede "the Kop" som jo er en gammel tilskuerstand på Anfield Road, Liverpools hjemmebane.

Her er nummer 37 sakset direkte fra www.liverpoolfc.tv

For mig er det bare journalistik i verdensklasse og for dig bare en ligegyldig opremsning og forherligelse af en gammel mands fortid. :o)

Name: Terry McDermott

Years at Liverpool: 1974 to 1982
Position: Midfield

Date-of-birth: 8/12/1951
Birthplace: Kirkby

Signed from: Newcastle United (November 1974)

Games: 329
Goals: 81

Honours: First Division Championship (1976/77, 1978/79, 1979/80, 1981/82), European Cup (1977, 1978, 1981), League Cup (1981, 1982), Super Cup (1977), Charity Shield (1979, 1980)

Kirkby-born Terry Mac was a tireless and spectacular midfield performer who epitomised the spirit of the Liverpool side during the club's most dominant era of success. With his trademark bouncing perm, gringo-style moustache and laid-back persona he played the game with a beaming smile on his face. One of Bob Paisley’s first signings as Liverpool manager, McDermott developed into a player of supreme ability at Anfield. Just months prior to his arrival, he'd been on the losing side for Newcastle against the Reds in the 1974 FA Cup Final. His impressive performance that day, however, did not go unnoticed and in November that year Paisley shelled out £170,000 to bring him back to Merseyside. Although it took him nearly two years before he firmly established himself in the first team it was to prove an inspired acquisition. It was no secret that he liked the odd pint or two but McDermott was gifted with unlimited reserves of stamina and became a vital member of the side that was to conquer Europe in the late seventies. His penetrating runs from deep were a key feature of Liverpool's play, while his ability to find the back of the net from all manner of angles made him a priceless asset. Together with Souness, Case and Kennedy, McDermott formed arguably the finest midfield quartet in Liverpool history, while some of the goals he scored have since passed into Anfield folklore, notably his chip over Everton's Dave Lawson at Maine Road, the far post header that completed the 7-0 rout of Tottenham, the stunning long-range volley against the same opposition in a famous FA Cup quarter-final tie at White Hart Lane and the exquisite finish past Jim Leighton of Aberdeen during the victorious 1980/81 European Cup winning campaign. His goals were not just breathtaking, they were also, more often than not, crucial and never more so than the one against Borussia Moenchengladbach in Rome four seasons previous. A popular figure on and off the pitch, McDermott's talents were deservedly recognised at international level and by his fellow professionals. In 1980 he became the first ever player to win both the PFA and Football Writers' Player of the Year awards in the same season but this former Kirkby schoolboy never forgot where he’d come from and typically took it all in his stride. After eight years at Anfield he played his last game for the Reds in September 1982 but left behind a host of wonderful memories.

Sold to: Newcastle United (September 1982)

Claim to fame: Scoring arguably the greatest-ever Liverpool goal against Tottenham at Anfield in September 1978

Did you know? His son Neale has followed in his footsteps as a professional footballer and is currently on the books of Carlisle United

Where is he now? On the coaching staff at Newcastle

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