Tuesday, February 13, 2007

100 Person Who Shock The Kop - NO 75: Brian Hall

At number 75 in our '100 Players Who Shook The Kop' countdown is Brian Hall, a 1970s midfield terrier who is still playing an important role at the club today.
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: Brian Hall

Years at Liverpool: 1968 to 1976

Date-of-birth: 22/11/1946
Birthplace: Glasgow

Signed from: University (July 1968)

Games: 222
Goals: 21

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

A graduate of Manchester University, Brian Hall signed professional forms for Liverpool in July 1968 at the relatively late age of 22. He arrived during a period of change at the club and, after patiently biding his time in the reserves, broke into the first team at the start of the 1970s. Small in stature but with the heart of a lion, Hall was a terrier-like midfielder who's stamina and sheer hard work made him a valuable asset in Bill Shankly's second great team. His diminutive frame and academic background earned him the moniker of 'Little Bamber' and it was in the 1970/71 season that he firmly established himself as a Reds regular. He famously netted in the FA Cup semi-final victory over Everton at Old Trafford and played in the final defeat to Arsenal. It was a disappointment he made up for three years later though, missing just one game during that memorable cup run of 1974 and scored the crucial opener in the semi-final replay victory over Leicester. The previous season he'd also been part of the squad that tasted League Championship and UEFA Cup success but was bizzarely overlooked by Scotland boss Willie Ormond for the World Cup in West Germany. Jimmy Case's sudden rise through the ranks eventually resulted in Hall losing his place in the side halfway through the 1975/76 season and he moved on to Plymouth during the summer that followed. He finished his career back in the north-west at Burnley before returning to the club as head of public relations. A fine club servant in more ways than one.

Sold to: Plymouth Argyle (July 1976)

Claim to fame: Scoring in two FA Cup semi-finals in the 1970s

Did you know? He worked as a school teacher and in local government after hanging up his boots

Where is he now? Working for Liverpool as head of Public Relations

John Bishop on Brian Hall: "If you look at Brian Hall he looks like a librarian or a bank manager but on the pitch he was as hard as nails and he was playing with skill at a time when you could kick people."

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