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TOMMY SMITH 1945-2019

Former Liverpool captain Tommy Smith dies aged 74

Former Liverpool captain Tommy Smith dies aged 74

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Four-time league winner and Liverpool captain Tommy Smith died at the age of 74. One of the game's hardmen, Bill Shankly said Smith "wasn't born, he was quarried".

Tommy Smith, nicknamed the 'Anfield Iron' by supporters, has died aged 74, Liverpool have confirmed. Smith, a former captain of the club, won four league titles during his 18 years with the Reds, for whom he made 638 appearances.

Tommy Smith was one of the hardest players in the game and surprising skillful with it.

Liverpool's first FA Cup and European Cup

He was a key part of the side when Bill Shankly led Liverpool to their first FA Cup triumph in 1965 and 12 years later was on the scoresheet as they won their maiden European Cup by beating Borussia Mönchengladbach in 1977.

"Tommy is survived by [daughter] Janette, son Darren and four grandchildren, Matthew, William, Jessica and Imogen," Liverpool said in a statement. "The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool Football Club are with Tommy's family and many friends."

Hard as old boots

Smith, a fearsome defender, scored 48 goals and won nine major trophies with Liverpool. He had two stints in the United States, with Tampa Bay Rowdies and Los Angeles Aztecs, and retired in 1979 after a spell with Swansea City.