Phil Thompson

Phil Thompson (SH6) was born in Kirkby in January 1954.

A lifelong fan of Liverpool, he was an apprentice with the club before turning professional in February 1971. He made his league debut as a substitute against Manchester United at Old Trafford in April 1972.

He won his first (of seven) championship medals in the following season although it was not until 1973/74 that he became established in the heart of the Liverpool defence. Shankly always admired Thompson's ability to read the game, once remarking that he was a 'matchstick man with sparrow's legs'.

His close marking of Malcolm McDonald in the 1974 FA Cup final was a major factor in the 3:0 victory against Newcastle United. His excellent partnerships, initially with Emlyn Hughes and subsequently Alan Hansen, always ensured that Liverpool was a hard team to breakdown.

Thompson was appointed captain in the 1978/79 season and went on to lead his team to further domestic and European trophies including the win against Real Madrid in 1981. He spent eighteen months with Sheffield United (between 1984-86) before returning to Anfield as a coach until 1992. He also won 42 caps for England.

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