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Liverpool great Ian St John passes away at age 82

Ian St John, a Liverpool great who scored the winning goal to give the club its first FA Cup title and was a key player in the rebuild under Bill Shankly in the 1960s, has died. He was 82.

St John died on Monday following a long illness, his family said in a statement released by Liverpool yesterday. St John, a Scotland international who later fronted the popular British TV show “Saint and Greavsie” alongside another former player, Jimmy Greaves, played 425 games for Liverpool from 1961-71 and scored 118 goals. No goal was more important than the one the forward scored in extra time to clinch a 2-1 win for Liverpool over Leeds United in the 1965 FA Cup final. St John joined for a club-record fee from Scottish team Motherwell while Liverpool was in the second division and, alongside Ron Yeats, was part of the spine of a team which earned promotion under Shankly then won the English league in 1964 and ‘66. Liverpool called St John a “legend” and described his FA Cup final winner against Leeds as “one of the most iconic goals in Liverpool’s history.” St John scored 9 goals in 21 appearances for Scotland.


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