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  1. #1 Eternal Flame RIP Tommy Lawrence 
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    Liverpool Football Club is deeply saddened by the passing of former goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence, aged 77.


    The Scottish stopper, affectionately nicknamed ‘The Flying Pig’ due to his ability to make spectacular saves despite his size, was a key member of Bill Shankly’s first great Reds side in the early 1960s.

    While it was his more attack-minded teammates who often took the limelight as the club laid foundations for a spate of success, Lawrence’s skillset – one more akin to modern ‘keepers – provided a formidable final line of defence for almost a decade.

    Tommy joined Liverpool as an apprentice and had to be patient before an opportunity arose, though he wasted no time once it did.

    His debut came in October 1962, a 1-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion, and it was a rare occasion when Lawrence wasn’t between the posts during the eight years that followed.

    A heavy build took nothing away from the Scot’s shot-stopping, as his playful moniker suggests.

    Indeed, if opponents were not being thwarted by his eye-catching dives and acrobatic stops, they were left confounded by Tommy’s fleet-footed rushing off his line to snuff out potential danger – the sweeper-keeper of his era.

    His talent was matched by his consistency. Lawrence missed only four league matches in the six seasons between 1963 and 1969, including three ever-present campaigns.

    Having already helped Shankly’s team to championship glory in 1963-64, the goalkeeper was involved throughout the Reds’ run to a much-desired maiden FA Cup triumph the following year and played every game when the title was reclaimed in 1965-66.

    Though Liverpool’s fortunes began to change as Shankly constructed the second all-conquering side of his reign, the boss could still depend on Lawrence and a then-record low of 24 league goals were conceded in 1968-69.

    History often repeats itself and at the beginning of the 1970s, as it once had been his, it was the turn of none other than Ray Clemence to take the No.1 shirt.

    So, with 390 appearances and three major trophies to his name at Anfield, one of the most popular and respected goalkeepers in LFC history took his acrobatics across to Tranmere Rovers in 1971.

    There he clocked up another 80 league appearances before signing off his football career with non-league Chorley and then taking up the role of a factory quality controller in Warrington until his retirement.

    The thoughts of everybody at the club are with Tommy’s family and friends at this sad time.

    RIP Tommy Lawrence 1940-2018
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    He was a character in the 60's and good... condolences to those related to him
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    BBC reporter accidentally interviews Tommy....

    https://twitter.com/TheRedmenTV/stat...39346290896896

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/42634388

    RIP Tommy, YNWA
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    RIP Tommy
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    RIP Tommy, best wishes to his family and friends. Gone but never forgotten.
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    RIP, a true Liverpool legend.
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    Rip tommy. Ynwa
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    From the time when all goalies seemed to wear green jerseys. Happy boyhood memories. RIP Tommy and thank you.
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    you just can not say anything negative about good old tommy! he is what everything liverpool stand for.
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    R.I.P Tommy a true legend

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    Tommy was an absolute legend. Scotland hero.
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    Rip ynwa.
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    Some character, RIP The Flying Pig.
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    Sad news, RIP Tommy
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    RIP Tommy you did us proud.
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    Glad to have seen him throughout the great days of Shankly's first all conquering sides. Was a much better goalkeeper than he was given credit for.

    R.I.P. Tommy, you will be sadly missed by all true Liverpool supporters. Sincerest condolences to his family.
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    RIP Tommy. YNWA
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    I stood behind Tommy in the mid 60's as a young child at The Dell in Southampton. I have always remembered that day as he appeared a giant to me and such a fine keeper, he seemed to be in total control and threw himself around amazingly for his size. Rest in Peace Tommy, I am sure Shanks will be waiting for you with a drink in one hand and your gloves in the other, safe journey. YNWA
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    RIP Tommy.

    A true Liverpool hero, cut from the same cloth as they other Liverpool greats. God bless.
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    He was our regular goalie when I made my debut in the boys pen back in the mid 60s.

    Played in the days when keepers didn't wear gloves!

    Sad news that he has passed away. Rest In Peace, Tommy.
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    Sad News.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    From the time when all goalies seemed to wear green jerseys. Happy boyhood memories. RIP Tommy and thank you.
    Yes, green jerseys and as another poster also mentioned, no gloves! Great, great old days and a big thank you from me Tommy for being a big part of them.
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    RIP Tommy. Many thanks for all the good times.
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    RIP Tommy.
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