Amassing well in excess of 500 appearances for The Reds between them, two Liverpool legends are coming to town to talk about their action-packed football careers. . .
Legendary defender and club captain Phil Thompson and goal machine John Aldridge will discuss the games, dressing room/training ground stories, managers, fall outs and everything you wanted to know about playing for a successful football club. Compere for the evening is talkSPORT’s Perry Groves.
There will be a chance to pose questions to the stars during the evening.
VIP tickets are also available. These afford the opportunity for a meet and greet with the stars and a photo opportunity before the show. Due to limited availability, ticket purchasers should check this out at the box office when booking.
340 league appearances, seven goals
Having stood on The Kop as a boy, Phil achieved his childhood dream when he signed professional contracts for the club as a 17-year-old in 1971, making his first team debut the following year.
A serial cup and championship winner, his proudest moment came in 1981 when he lifted the European Cup as captain.
Prior to this, in 1973, with Liverpool he won a double haul of trophies—the League Championship and UEFA Cup. The FA Cup followed in 1974 and a League and UEFA Cup double in 1976.
In 1977 he earnt a league winner’s medal, but injury denied him a place in The Reds’ European Cup triumph, a cup final he was eventually to feature in – and win – the following season.
He regained the league title in 1979 and lifted the league trophy as captain the following year. In addition to the European Cup, Phil also lifted the League Cup in 1981.
Capped for England on 42 occasions, six as captain, further title medals followed in 1982 and 1983 before the curtain came down on Phil’s incredible medal-laden Liverpool playing career.
Latterly, Thompson became manager Kenny Dalglish’s right-hand-man, eventually filling the same role to Graeme Souness on his arrival as manager in 1991. His departure the following year was not to be his final association with The Reds. When Gérard Houllier was appointed manager in 1998, he returned to the role one last time, taking sole charge while Houllier underwent heart surgery.
63 goals, 104 games
The prolific, record-breaking striker earned legendary status with Liverpool FC during the late Eighties.
His tally of 330 league goals is the sixth highest in the history of English football. Beginning his career in non-league, he launched his professional career late as a 20-year-old in 1979 with Newport County, competing in the fourth and third tier.
Moving on to Oxford United, he broke the club’s scoring record with 30 goals in the then Second Division, gaining promotion to the top flight. Notably, he scored a goal in the defeat of Manchester United in Alex Ferguson’s first game as manager of the Red Devils.
His 90 goals in 141 games with Oxford saw John join The Reds in January 1987. He proved a more than able replacement for the departing Ian Rush, scoring 26 goals for the club from his town of birth.
It turned out to be a magnificent season for Aldridge and Liverpool. Linking up with Peter Beardsley and John Barnes, “Aldo” formed one of the most exciting forward lines in the club's history. Liverpool lost only twice in the league and lifted the 1987-88 league title by some margin.