By Jimmy Case
Jimmy Case is better remembered for a outstanding FA Cup ultimate target and a deserved acceptance as certainly one of football's real not easy males. yet that does scant justice to a profession that lined greater than seven hundred appearances for 7 league golf equipment and didn't finish till he retired, via harm, on the age of 41.Raised on Merseyside, Jimmy started at his loved Liverpool, turning into a key participant within the all-conquering group of the overdue Seventies along stars like Kevin Keegan, John Toshack, Ray Clemence, Phil Thompson, Kenny Dalglish and his nice associates, Tommy Smith and Ray Kennedy. At Anfield, the place he used to be signed through invoice Shankly and guided by way of Bob Paisley, Jimmy gained a boxful of medals: 4 league titles, 3 eu cups plus a number of alternative family honours which inform the reality approximately Jimmy Case - that he had even more than a difficult take on and a ferocious shot. As Jimmy himself says, you couldn't get in that Liverpool group in the event you couldn't play.His ambition was once to play his complete profession at Liverpool yet destiny despatched him on a special path: to Brighton, the place he nearly received the FA Cup; to Southampton, the place he performed greater than 2 hundred video games; to Bournemouth; Halifax; Wrexham; and a unmarried trip for Darlington. alongside the best way he got here up opposed to avid gamers like Andy grey, Graeme Souness, David Speedie, Graeme Sharp and Norman Whiteside, frequently with painful results.Packed with incident and anecdotes, often humorous - yet sometimes unhappy - this is often the tale of Jimmy Case, a real soccer legend.
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I didn’t try to deny the accusation, I simply stated, ‘Well, John, i used to be a ball winner and such things as that ensue. What that scar capability is you need to were enjoying good to capture my eye. ’ ‘Oh, yeah,’ says John, and ahead of you knew it, he was once thanking me for announcing he was once the simplest participant at the pitch. I didn’t brain having that kind of acceptance, frequently it made competition gamers slightly cautious, might be holding part an eye fixed on me rather than at the ball, and any virtue you'll achieve was once constantly definitely worth the attempt. Andy grey was once one other participant who loved the actual facet of the sport, constantly trying to be competitive and positioned himself approximately. I bear in mind one online game whilst he got here again from his common place at the shoulder of our defenders and strayed into my territory. I type of guessed he was once aiming to place his mark on me so I stored a watch on him and whilst he made his circulation, i used to be prepared. there's a means of keeping your self whilst a actual problem is coming your manner and that i simply needed to determine it used to be Andy who got here off worst – and he did, with a slightly painful scrape up the interior of his leg. I walked away, happy I had performed my activity, yet he was once like a wounded animal, charging round till, ultimately, he went in as soon as too again and again and complete up being stretchered off. i peeked throughout and gave him a bit wave, ‘Bye, bye, Andy. Bye, bye. ’ so far as i used to be involved, and for Andy besides, I reckon, that used to be all half and parcel of the sport: you gave pretty much as good as you were given. yet there were instances whilst the actual stuff did pass the road. i'm pondering in particular of a online game at Highbury among Southampton and Arsenal whilst their midfield participant, a quiet, proficient lad named Paul Davis, did a true quantity on Glenn Cockerill. the 2 of them were having a verbal conflict all afternoon and to at the present time I don’t recognize who stated what to whom, yet all of a sudden, and at the blind facet of the referee, Davis got here up at the back of Cockerill and punched him flush at the jaw. The referee ignored the assault, however it left Glenn with a damaged jaw and certainly affected our play. We had long gone 2–0 up however the incident shook us and Arsenal got here again to win with a overdue penalty. It was once their likelihood to come again within the online game – but in addition my likelihood to redress the stability with Mr Davis. If the referee wasn’t going to do so, then I felt it was once as much as me to take the fitting retribution. you could watch the way it opened up on YouTube. As Brian Marwood ran in to take the penalty, i will be able to be noticed arising at the back of Davis and drawing my foot again. The digicam neglected the next second whilst I hacked Davis’s legs from lower than him. That used to be my model of justice yet later it was once performed formally while Davis’s crime used to be reviewed on tv by means of the FA: he was once fined �3,000 and given a hefty nine-match ban. thankfully, the referee didn’t spot my little bit of punishment and it wasn’t transparent on tv, in order that used to be the tip of the problem. I didn’t a lot take care of brushes with authority. taking part in for Liverpool, i used to be by no means despatched off and the couple of occasions in a while that I acquired a crimson card not often stand exam.