By Jimmy Case
Jimmy Case is better remembered for a extraordinary FA Cup ultimate objective and a deserved popularity as one among football's real not easy males. yet that does scant justice to a profession that coated greater than seven hundred appearances for 7 league golf equipment and didn't finish till he retired, via harm, on the age of 41.Raised on Merseyside, Jimmy all started at his loved Liverpool, changing into a key participant within the all-conquering group of the past due Seventies along stars like Kevin Keegan, John Toshack, Ray Clemence, Phil Thompson, Kenny Dalglish and his nice pals, Tommy Smith and Ray Kennedy. At Anfield, the place he was once signed by means of invoice Shankly and guided by means of Bob Paisley, Jimmy gained a boxful of medals: 4 league titles, 3 ecu cups plus a number of different family honours which inform the reality approximately Jimmy Case - that he had even more than a difficult take on and a ferocious shot. As Jimmy himself says, you couldn't get in that Liverpool crew in case you couldn't play.His ambition used to be to play his complete profession at Liverpool yet destiny despatched him on a unique course: to Brighton, the place he nearly received the FA Cup; to Southampton, the place he performed greater than 2 hundred video games; to Bournemouth; Halifax; Wrexham; and a unmarried trip for Darlington. alongside the way in which he got here up opposed to avid gamers like Andy grey, Graeme Souness, David Speedie, Graeme Sharp and Norman Whiteside, usually with painful results.Packed with incident and anecdotes, frequently humorous - yet sometimes unhappy - this can be the tale of Jimmy Case, a real soccer legend.
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My first program was once for a role as an place of work boy on the Liver development, yet I didn’t get that, thank God, so i began paintings as an apprentice electrician at Evans scientific. many years later, Dad handed on the exact same recommendation to my more youthful brother Frank, who bought an apprenticeship as a plumber, so he wasn’t daft – with one son a plumber and the opposite an electrician, he had the home lined for maintenance! i used to be enjoying at weekends and commencing to get recognized round the quarter. One Sunday morning i used to be in mattress whilst I heard little pebble stones being thrown up on the window. I opened it and observed this bloke from up the road, Frankie Flynn, and his mate, Gerry Towie. They have been chucking tiny stones simply because they didn’t are looking to wake Dad up – they knew they might get slaughtered. Frankie and Gerry have been going to observe the Blue Union Stevedores and Dockers Social membership crew play less than the bridge, down Window Lane in Garston, and so they sought after me to compliment them. i used to be simply placing my head again within the window whilst I requested, ‘Do you will have me to carry me boots? ’ They acknowledged, ‘OK, carry ’em alongside. ’ I didn’t get a video game that day, yet i used to be requested to signal for the Blue, within the Liverpool Sunday League. That was once a truly, very tricky league. The Blue have been tough as arseholes yet they have been the easiest group within the quarter. whilst I bought within the facet I performed at the correct. The staff had Tony McLaughlin, ex-Everton reserves; and Johnny Moore, a technically talented lad. I frequently questioned why a few of these gamers didn’t make it. Then there has been a fella known as Tosh Jones, outfitted like a brick outhouse. an important bloke, his actual energy was once unimaginable. not anyone messed approximately with Tosh. everyone is aware him round the quarter, even this present day. one in all my first video games used to be on Sefton Park opposed to East and West Toxteth, one other tough outfit. 16 years outdated, I had simply all started paintings and that i used to be up opposed to raw-boned blokes who have been good expert at the hours of darkness arts of neighborhood soccer. It was once a beneficial schooling. One online game, I received the ball and went to tackle this great, grunting full-back. simply as i used to be getting previous him the centre-back stumbled on, an enormous gruesome lad with thighs like tree trunks. I had already overwhelmed him a few times yet he dived in, took the ball and me with it. We either slid correct into the group, status to 3 deep at the line, and bowled them over like skittles. there have been 3 or 4 of them mendacity at the flooring and as we have been getting up, it used to be as though a depressing cloud had come over. I seemed up and there has been Tosh Jones status over the either one of us. He stared down on the centre-back, and acknowledged, ‘You do this back and that i may have you. ’ Tosh was once the nicest bloke you may desire to meet, yet he was once additionally the team’s minder and he had a bit a name. besides, I didn’t see the centre-half come anyplace close to me back. I discovered much on the Blue. in the event you have been going to outlive you needed to develop up fast, the best way to take care of your self and not over-react. The coaches could say such things as, ‘Make your first take on count number, it’s you or him that comes away with the ball’, and whatever like, ‘You need to earn definitely the right to play’, and that intended successful your individual conflict with the participant you have been up opposed to.