Focus On; Ian Callaghan

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Ian Robert Callaghan MBE (born 10 April 1942) is an English retired professional footballer who played as a midfielder. He holds the record for most appearances for Liverpool. He was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 1975 New Year Honours.

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 made his debut on 16 April 1960 at Anfield in a 4–0 victory over Bristol Rovers.

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. He was booked only once in his career, in the 1978 League Cup Final replay at Old Trafford, which Liverpool lost to Nottingham Forest.

Callaghan played in the 1977 European Cup Final, when Liverpool beat Borussia Mönchengladbach 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.


  • Full Name: Ian Robert Callaghan
  • Position: Midfield
  • Date of Birth: 10.04.1942
  • Birthplace: Liverpool
  • Nation: England
  • Caps: 4
  • Goals: –
  • Club Career: Liverpool
  • Period: 1959-1978
    • League Games, 640
    • League Goals, 49
    • Previous Club: N/A
      • Transfer Fee: N/A
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