Ian Rush

 

Born:                 St Asaph 20.10. 1961
Transfer Fee:      300.000 (from Chester City, April 1980). 
                         2.800,000 (from Juventus August 1988)
Games:              660
Goals:                346
Honours:            European Cup 83/84
                         First Division 81/82, 82/83, 83/84, 85/86, 89/90
                         FA Cup 85/86, 88/89, 91/92
                         League Cup 80/81, 81/82, 82/83, 83/84, 94/95
                         "Youth Player of the Year" 83
                         "Player of the Year" 84
                         European "Golden Boot" (48 goals) 84
                         Hall of Fame 99
                         Wales Caps 73 (28 goals)
Other clubs:       Chester City 78/79, 79/80
                         Juventus 87/88
                         Leeds United 96/97
                         Newcastle 97/98
                         Wrexham 98/99
                         Sydney Olympic

 

Standing supreme as Liverpool's all-time scoring king the lean Welshman was one of the deadliest strikers in football history, blending superb anticipation with lethal finishing. His attack partnership with Kenny Dalglish is widely rated the best ever in British football. 

Rush became Britain's most expensive teenager when Bob Paisley paid 300,000 to sign him from Chester in 1980. During his two-part Anfield career, split by a season with Juventus in 1987-88 when he left and returned for a combined 6 million, Rush scored 346 goals in 660 senior outings, although in the League only he was 16 goals short of Roger Hunt's club record 245. 

It was about the only one to elude him. Rush's haul of 44 FA Cup goals (39 of them for Liverpool) is a 20th century record while his five-goal total in FA Cup Finals (two in 1986 and 1989 and one in 1992 all on winning Liverpool sides) is an all-time best by an individual. Rush shares with Geoff Hurst the League Cup scoring record of 49 and was the first player to win that competition five times, completing his nap hand as Liverpool captain against Bolton in 1995. He scored 10 times in 18 Wembley outings for the club. 

He also collected five Championship medals, one European Cup and was awarded the MBE. Rush scored an all-time Mersey derby record of 25 goals against Everton, won Europe's Golden Boot with 32 League goals in 1984 when he was also double Footballer of the Year and captained Wales, for whom he scored a record 28 goals in 73 games. He joined Leeds in 1996 and later played for Newcastle, Wrexham and Sydney Olympic. (LFC Official Website)


1.2.99: Liverpool legend Ian Rush was today inducted into the FA Premier League's Hall of Fame.
Rush - the club's greatest ever goalscorer - was among six new players nominated by the public and selected by the Hall of Fame's voting panel. He will be honoured by having a lifesize figure put on show at the Hall of Fame, which opens at the end of May at London's County Hall.
Rush, now at Wrexham, said today: "I think it is a tremendous privilege and I'm so proud of this honour. My son Jonathan always reminds me of what I've achieved, although he wasn't actually there to see a lot of it himself.
"When I'm playing I don't think about it, but getting older you look back and you are quite satisfied with what you have done. To get into the Premier League Hall of Fame is a special achievement and permanent. You can always tell people that you are in the Hall of Fame - and not many people can say that."
England's 1966 World Cup Final hat-trick hero Sir Geoff Hurst, chairman of the Hall of Fame, said: "Ian was a master of the art of scoring goals, the most difficult thing in the game. His goalscoring record at Liverpool says it all.
(The Liverpool Echo)

25.5.99: Ian Rush may decide to end his playing career this summer. The former Liverpool striker, capped 73 times by his country, joined Wrexham as player coach from Newcastle at the start of the season. Rush, 37, has played 20 times for the Robins and been part of Brian Flynn's coaching team but is now out of contract at the Racecourse. He confirmed he would think long and hard about hanging up his boots after a family holiday. "Whatever happens I will be cutting back on playing next season and, hopefully, getting involved more and more with the coaching," said Rush.
(The Daily Mirror)

8.7.99: Ian Rush has left Second Division Wrexham despite being offered a coaching role. Manager Brian Flynn said the 37-year-old former Liverpool striker had told him he had a number of other options.

13.1.03: The former Reds striker has become part of Gerard Houllier's backroom team as a part-time striking coach. And after completing his first training session today he told the ECHO:
"It's a privilege to be invited back to have anything to do with Liverpool Football Club."

28.8.04: Liverpool legend Ian Rush has been handed the manager's job at Chester City, BBC Liverpool has learned.
Rush, who started his career at Chester in 1979 before moving to Liverpool in 1980, will take up the post at the League Two club immediately.
(BBC Sport Online)


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