Monday, May 14, 2007

100 Person Who Shock The Kop - NO 37: Terry McDermott


At number 37 in our '100 Players Who Shook The Kop' countdown is the spectacular goalscoring midfield maestro of the late seventies/early eighties, Terry McDermott.
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: Terry McDermott

Years at Liverpool: 1974 to 1982
Position: Midfield

Date-of-birth: 8/12/1951
Birthplace: Kirkby

Signed from: Newcastle United (November 1974)

Games: 329
Goals: 81

Honours: First Division Championship (1976/77, 1978/79, 1979/80, 1981/82), European Cup (1977, 1978, 1981), League Cup (1981, 1982), Super Cup (1977), Charity Shield (1979, 1980)

Kirkby-born Terry Mac was a tireless and spectacular midfield performer who epitomised the spirit of the Liverpool side during the club's most dominant era of success. With his trademark bouncing perm, gringo-style moustache and laid-back persona he played the game with a beaming smile on his face. One of Bob Paisley’s first signings as Liverpool manager, McDermott developed into a player of supreme ability at Anfield. Just months prior to his arrival, he'd been on the losing side for Newcastle against the Reds in the 1974 FA Cup Final. His impressive performance that day, however, did not go unnoticed and in November that year Paisley shelled out £170,000 to bring him back to Merseyside. Although it took him nearly two years before he firmly established himself in the first team it was to prove an inspired acquisition. It was no secret that he liked the odd pint or two but McDermott was gifted with unlimited reserves of stamina and became a vital member of the side that was to conquer Europe in the late seventies. His penetrating runs from deep were a key feature of Liverpool's play, while his ability to find the back of the net from all manner of angles made him a priceless asset. Together with Souness, Case and Kennedy, McDermott formed arguably the finest midfield quartet in Liverpool history, while some of the goals he scored have since passed into Anfield folklore, notably his chip over Everton's Dave Lawson at Maine Road, the far post header that completed the 7-0 rout of Tottenham, the stunning long-range volley against the same opposition in a famous FA Cup quarter-final tie at White Hart Lane and the exquisite finish past Jim Leighton of Aberdeen during the victorious 1980/81 European Cup winning campaign. His goals were not just breathtaking, they were also, more often than not, crucial and never more so than the one against Borussia Moenchengladbach in Rome four seasons previous. A popular figure on and off the pitch, McDermott's talents were deservedly recognised at international level and by his fellow professionals. In 1980 he became the first ever player to win both the PFA and Football Writers' Player of the Year awards in the same season but this former Kirkby schoolboy never forgot where he’d come from and typically took it all in his stride. After eight years at Anfield he played his last game for the Reds in September 1982 but left behind a host of wonderful memories.

Sold to: Newcastle United (September 1982)

Claim to fame: Scoring arguably the greatest-ever Liverpool goal against Tottenham at Anfield in September 1978

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