April 19, 2019

Liverpool's 'Anfield Iron' Tommy Smith dies aged 74

14 April 2019, 11:55 | Anna Jefferson

Tommy Smith

Tommy Smith

A tense moment for Liverpool players Tommy Smith (left) and Geoff Strong (second from right) as Inter-Milan player Mario Corso lunges in with a header during an attack by the Italian side in a semi-final, first leg match at Anfield, 5th May 1965.

"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".

Liverpool were graced with Smith's presence for 18 years, during which he won four First Division titles, two FA Cups, one European Cup, two UEFA Cups and the UEFA Super Cup.

"It is very sad to see him go but his memories will be there forever".

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

"We are obviously all devastated".

Having joined the club as a schoolboy, he was fast-tracked into the first team by former manager Bill Shankly and swiftly gained a reputation as one of football's most fearsome competitors.

Jamie Carragher commented: "RIP The Anfield Iron Tommy Smith".

Information from Reuters was used in this story.

Smith's name was etched into the Liverpool teamsheet for the next decade - and, not by coincidence, the trophy cabinet grew ever more crammed. "Great captain and leader of men thoughts are with family and friends #YNWA", Clemence wrote on Twitter.

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

Kop legend Kenny Dalglish led the tributes this evening.

Dalglish, who played alongside Smith for a season at the end of Smith's Liverpool career, said: "He was a great advert for Liverpool Football Club, the way he conducted himself".

But the rationale that caused his death was not reported according to the report by UK Mirror.

The star defender of Liverpool club was named as "club legend" after giving 638 appearances for the team between the era of 1960-1978.

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