He had a glittering 6-year-career at Liverpool but started in humble surroundings. I ended up finishing my career playing at Brighton and I was 41 and a half, and I left Liverpool when I was 27 or I think it was just that - without being controversial - you get in a few scrapes, you're breathalysed and you're caught fighting in a hotel in Wales like me and Ray Kennedy were, and the club didn't look upon that too kindly. I know it's different nowadays and you can get away with a little bit more, but Sammy Lee was being groomed into my spot and the manager said, would I like to talk to John Toshack, with a view to a move? That was one instance, but I didn't want to go anywhere, so I said, "Yeah I'll talk to him," because there was no harm in talking, but within 6 months of that I was asked, would I like to talk to Brighton and you get that little feeling. We had a bit of fun, but we did it at the right time. If something went wrong, one of us sorted it out. It was a good friendship. He could certainly look after himself. He was very clever about it as well.
Three time European Cup winner Jimmy Case did not have a conventional introduction to professional football. Rejected by Liverpool scout Tom Saunders at the age of 14, he dropped into non-league football, only to be scouted again by Saunders and signed at the age of Jimmy, what changed between your rejection at 14 and your recruitment at 17?
A mixed bag of the usual anecdotes, told with honesty and charm. But he had a predecessor, and at the same club no less. But he won the European Cup three times. Case, a combative right-sided fiery bastard of a midfielder with a penchant for thunderbastards, was a local boy and had already been turned down by legendary Liverpool scout Tom Saunders, as well as Burnley. Au contraire, says Case. Anyway, some of the lads grabbed hold of one of them, it might have been Jeff Powell or Steve Currie, and they decided to throw him in the pool. It was as simple as that. However, the book starts to shine when Case recounts the events leading up to his removal from Liverpool. The drinking, the fights and the spectacular rows with journalists, including the aforementioned Powell and Currie again, the poor sods.
A tough tackling midfielder who took no prisoners Kop idol Jimmy Case was also renowned for his ferocious shooting ability, scoring more than a fair amount of goals in his career. He arrived at Anfield after playing for the Merseyside club South Liverpool and was an instant success when he made his league debut at Anfield as a 20 year old on the final day of the season against Queen's Park Rangers, a fixture the Reds won Case also scored important goals in the quarter-final and the final of that competition and added a European winners' medal to the championship medal already secured at the end of his first full season as a first-teamer. Although still only 22 when the season began, Jimmy had already built a reputation for himself as a tough-tackling, hard-working midfielder who packed a venomous shot. His long-range shooting became a feature of his game and many of the 45 goals he scored for the club came from distance, like the majestic turn and volley with which he scored in the FA cup final against Manchester United. He added another championship medal in his second full season and was also a member of the team which finally won the greatest prize of all on that famous night in Rome when the European cup secured won for the first time.