Liverpool legend Ian Callaghan played an all-time record 856 games for the Merseyside club that he supported from his schooldays in Toxteth, and for whom he made his debut as a direct winger in 1960 at the end of Bill Shankly’s first season in charge.
Late in his distinguished career he also briefly played for Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Swansea City, Canberra City, Cork United and Crewe Alexandra. But it was at Liverpool where his heart always lay. At Crewe he played his 88th FA Cup match, another amazing all-time record.
One of his four England caps came in the 1966 World Cup finals against France before he was sidelined as Alf Ramsey introduced his Wingless Wonders. In the second half of his long-playing career he dropped back to a midfield scheming role, proving himself a pass master who gave shape and direction to Bob Paisley’s all-conquering team.
One of the most respected of all footballers, he is one of only three players – along with Bobby Charlton and Nobby Stiles – to have a World Cup and European Cup winners’ medal.
Ian is fascinating to listen to, with total recall of the many highlights of his record-breaking career.