The former Liverpool and Scotland forward Ian St John, who went on to co-host the popular television show Saint and Greavsie with Jimmy Greaves, has died aged 82.
Liverpool said St John died on Monday evening after illness. “The thoughts of everybody at the club are with Ian’s family and friends at this sad and difficult time,” an official statement added.
“It is with a heavy heart that we have to inform you that after a long illness we have lost a husband, father and grandfather. He passed away peacefully with his family at his bedside,” St John’s family said in a statement.
St John played 425 times for the club from 1961 to 1971, scoring 118 goals. St John got the extra-time winner when Liverpool secured their first FA Cup against Leeds in 1965 under Bill Shankly. He also won the First Division title in 1964 and 1966.
Liverpool’s Scottish full-back, Andy Robertson, led the tributes on social media. “A man of warmth, humour, knowledge, wisdom and joy,” Robertson said. “Scotland and Liverpool has lost a true giant. My love goes to his family. Rest in peace Ian St John.”
“RIP Ian St John, another Liverpool legend sadly passes away,” wrote the former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher. “One of the players along with Bill Shankly who made this club what it is today. I’ll remember him most on the best football show on TV, Saint & Greavsie.”
Liverpool’s local rivals, Everton, also posted a tribute. “A real loss to the game and one felt heavily in our city. A rival for many years but a popular figure on and off the pitch. Our thoughts are with Ian St John’s loved ones and everyone at LFC at this sad time.”
St John started his career at hometown club Motherwell before joining Liverpool for a then club-record fee of £37,500, and played 21 times for Scotland, scoring nine goals. His other clubs included Coventry and Tranmere and he went on to manage Motherwell and Portsmouth. Saint and Greavsie was shown on ITV from 1985-92.
“We are saddened by the passing of former Scotland international Ian St John,” said a statement from the Scottish FA. “The thoughts of everyone at the Scottish FA are with Ian’s family and friends.”
Source: The Guardian