Saturday, January 27, 2007

100 Person Who Shock The Kop - NO 85: Alec Lindsay

At number 85 in our '100 Players Who Shook The Kop' countdown is popular full-back of the seventies Alec Lindsay.
Four years after our ground-breaking '100 Days That Shook The Kop', we are delighted to invite you to enjoy our new '100 Players Who Shook The Kop' series – the definitive countdown of the 100 players who have made the biggest impact at Liverpool.

Over 110,000 supporters have all nominated their own personal Top 10 players in order of impact made and now the definitive top 100 countdown is underway.

Every player who has made the top 100 – and there are some surprises in there - will be honoured on this website via the e-Season ticket console with a specially produced video clip, including archive footage and exclusive interviews.

Since 1892 hundreds of players have represented this club but everyone has their own particular favourites so don't expect this list to be based solely on talent. The greatness of a player can be measured in many ways – obviously, his ability on the pitch is the most important, but 100 PWSTK is much more than that. It's about the impact the individuals chosen have had on this club, be it for a variety of reasons. Maybe it was because of their unique rapport with the crowd, a specific incident that has never been forgotten or anything else that has left a lasting impression.

Name: Alec Lindsay

Years at Liverpool: 1969 to 1977

Position: Left back

Date of birth: 27/2/1948
Birthplace: Bury

Signed from: Bury

Games: 248
Goals: 18

Honours won: First Division Championship (1972/73), FA Cup (1974), UEFA Cup (1973), Charity Shield (1974)

32 years on, it remains a burning bone of contention among Liverpudlians as to why Alec Lindsay's perfectly looking goal was disallowed in the 1974 FA Cup Final. But that should not distract from the fact that Lindsay was an excellent left back who made a fantastic contribution to the club's success in the early seventies. It was after helping his hometown club Bury win promotion to the old Second Division that Bill Shankly paid £67,000 to bring him to Anfield in March 1969. He arrived at the club as a midfielder but, after struggling in the reserves, Shankly took the decision to switch the former England youth international to left back and his talents blossomed. His left foot was seen as one of the most effective in football and he went on to earn four England caps. Lindsay scored on his Liverpool debut as a substitute at Ipswich in October 1969 but it was his penalty prowess that made him so reliable when put on the spot. His brace of penalties that gave Liverpool victory over Leicester in August 1974 made him the first Anfield player to score twice from the spot in a League game for 20 years. Lindsay, who played under the management of both Shankly and Bob Paisley, won UEFA Cup and League championship medals in 1973 and an FA Cup winner's medal a year later. He joined Stoke City for £20,000 in 1977 and finished his career in the NASL with Oakland but his Wembley strike that never was is still a hot topic of conversation whenever a certain generation of Reds fans get together.

Sold to: Stoke City (1977)

Claim to fame: Scoring the best disallowed goal ever in an FA Cup Final

Did you know? He once owned a pig farm

Where is he now? Running a pub in Leigh

Brian Hall on Alec Lindsay: "One of the best left foots I've ever seen. Alec was one of those players who had such a lovely sweet movement and motion when he kicked a ball with his left foot that he could kick it three quarters the length of the pitch and made it look so easy."

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