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Tommy Smith England & Liverpool

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 Tommy Smith England & Liverpool

In 1965, Smith started to feature more regularly and was an integral part of the Liverpool side that won the FA Cup for the first time in the club's history, They beat Leeds United 2-1 after extra-time in the final at Wembley on 1 May. Although a defender, Smith wore the #10 shirt; a cunning ploy by manager Bill Shankly to confuse opponents in the days when specific numbers always represented specific positions on the pitch. The #10 shirt usually was worn by an inside forward.

The 1965-66 campaign saw Smith become a fixture in the team which went on to regain the League title, earning Smith the first of his four championship medals, However, the season also had the taste of disappointment as Liverpool lost 2-1 in the 1966 European Cup Winners' Cup final to Borussia Dortmund at Hampden Park. Had Liverpool won, with future successes in other European competitions to come, Smith would have attained a rare haul of three winners' medals from the three different European contests.

After the success of 1966 there then followed a barren period for Liverpool in the late 1960s and after a disastrous cup defeat at Vicarage Road to Watford in February 1970, Shankly decided to dismantle the team and build a new, younger side.

Please note the picture you will receive is a full length action colours shot of Tommy in his Liverpool strip from the Autographed Editions 10 by 8 set


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