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Meet the 1957-58 Liverpool Team

By on 19 October 2017

Hard to imagine a time when Liverpool were a 2nd Division outfit but in the 1950s/early 60s they spent eight consecutive seasons in the English second tier. This picture was published in the December 1957 issue of Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly and features some very well known club legends such as Billy Liddell and Ronnie Moran.

Having been relegated in 1954 and after a bad initial season in Div 2, finishing 11th, Liverpool would narrowly miss out on promotion in the following 6 seasons, including this team which finished fourth. All-time great manager Bill Shankly arrived in December 1959 and set about re-building the team and the club’s facilities. It is quite noticeable that of this XI, only Ronnie Moran would still be there when Liverpool won the English Championship in 1964. Interesting to speculate whether modern football would have allowed “Shanks” the opportunity in getting three seasons to win promotion to the top-flight in 1962….

Hover or tap on individual team members to get a brief “pen-pic” of the players’ careers.

Liverpool 1957-58

Liverpool 1957-58

John Molyneux Johnny Wheeler Tommy Younger Laurie Hughes Don Campbell Brian Jackson Tony Rowley Billy Liddell John Evans Alan A'Court Ronnie Moran

John Molyneux

Joined Liverpool in June 1955 for £4,500 from Chester. He made his debut against Blackburn at Ewood Park in September of that year. He was a tough full-back that never really became a firm favourite at Anfield. After 245 appearances Bill Shankly decided he was surplus to requirements, being second choice to Gerry Byrne and Ronnie Moran, so he re-joined Chester in 1962. We believe he is still with us aged 86.

Johnny Wheeler

Played for Bolton in the famous ‘Matthews Final’ and later joined Liverpool in 1956 where he made 164 league appearances. He became a regular in the side until the 1961-62 promotion winning season when Ron Yeats was favoured ahead of him. He was a bit-part player in their first season back in the First Division and left in May 1963.

Tommy Younger

Liverpool signed Tommy for £9,000 from Hibs in June 1956. He made his debut in August of that year against Huddersfield where he let in three goals. He soon became first choice number one however and stayed at Liverpool for three years making 127 appearances. He left for Falkirk in 1959 and would finish his career at Leeds in 1963 having also won 24 caps for Scotland. He died in 1984 aged just 53.

Laurie Hughes

A one-club player, Hughes was at Liverpool for 17 years from 1943 to 1960. He made 303 league appearances and won three caps for England at the 1950 World Cup. After sustaining an injury in the 1950 Charity Shield match, he was never really the same again. He remains the only England player whose entire international career consists of World Cup Final matches. He died in September 2011 aged 87.

Don Campbell

A Liverpool man, he came through the youth side, but only made 47 first team appearances for the club between 1953 and 1957 being another full-back who struggled to get into the team. He left for Crewe where he was much more of a regular feature and he stayed there until 1962. He ended his career playing non-league football down in Kent. Still with us we believe aged 85.

Brian Jackson

A right winger he moved from Orient to Liverpool for £6,500 in 1951. Failing to establish himself in seven years at Anfield, he made 125 league appearances and scored 12 goals, he was sold on to Port Vale for £1,700 in 1958. Played also at Peterborough and Lincoln City. We believe he is still with us aged 84.

Tony Rowley

Welsh centre-forward who was a bit part player for Liverpool between 1953 and 1958 but scored 38 league goals from 60 appearances. Moved onto Tranmere Rovers in 1958 finishing his league career with them. Won 1 Welsh cap. Died in 2006 aged 76.

Billy Liddell

A true Liverpool legend - he was voted 6th in an all-time Liverpool list - he played as a winger for them between 1938 and 1961. He won a league championship medal in 1947 and a FA Cup Runners-up medal v Arsenal in 1950. He represented Scotland internationally on 29 occasions. After his retirement from football, in 1961, Liddell occupied himself as a Justice of the Peace, bursar of Liverpool University, and voluntary worker. He died in 2001 aged 79.


John Evans

The Essex born inside-forward was signed from Charlton in late 1953 for £12,500. Was a regular for the next 3 seasons, making around 100 appearances and scoring 49 league goals, before losing his place in the 1956-57 season to Jimmy Melia. One of only 3 Liverpool players alongside Ian Rush and Robbie Fowler who have scored 5 goals in a match. By the time this pic was published he had already moved onto Colchester, where he finished his league career. Died in 2004 aged 74.

Alan A'Court

Winger who signed professionally for Liverpool in 1952, he quickly established himself in the starting XI and went on to make 354 league appearances scoring 61 goals. He also won 5 England caps, despite being a second division player. However he became injury-prone missing the entire 63-64 Championship winning season and Bill Shankly replaced him with Peter Thompson. He was sold to Tranmere in 1964 where he finished his league career. Did coaching and other football management roles before retiring from the game. He then ran a tobacconist/ newsagent. He died in 2009 aged 75.

Ronnie Moran

Joined Liverpool, his only club, in 1952 and played until 1968 making 343 league appearances. He became part of the famous Liverpool Boot Room coaching staff and was twice caretaker manager in 1991 and 1992. He was part of the 1964 Championship winning team but missed out to Gerry Byrne in the 1965 FA Cup winning side. He died in March 2017 aged 83.

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