Born in Dunfermline on 10th January 1922, Billy Liddell signed as an amateur for Liverpool Football Club on 27th July 1938 at the age of 16 and became a professional the following year, earning £3 per week.
Because of World War II, he didn’t make his official debut until 1946 but went on to make 492 appearances for the club, scoring 215 goals.
He could also play on the right-wing or centre forward and scored a total of 229 goals in 537 games for the Reds before hanging up his boots in 1961, but not before earning the nickname ‘King Billy’.
During Liverpool’s dark days in the second division, the club was nicknamed ‘Liddellpool’ because of his influence over the side as he was the top scorer at the club for eight seasons.
Liddell and Sir Stanley Matthews were the only two Liverpool players to compete for the United Kingdom sides who played against the Rest of Europe in 1947 and 1955.
He sadly died of Alzheimer’s disease in July 2001, aged 79.
The One And Only Billy Liddell, by Alan Edge
King Billy, by John Pearman