'An iconic Liverpool figure who went on to illuminate TV screens'
02/03/2021 | sport | football | 667
Ian St John, who has died aged 82, was one of the iconic figures in Liverpool's history before going on to enjoy a hugely successful career in TV.
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02/03/2021 12:38:39 50 2
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The one and only Saint....
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02/03/2021 12:39:48 117 9
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RIP legend.

On behalf of the Man City family.
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02/03/2021 12:56:41 146 20
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What kind of person would down vote these posts....???? They must be unbelievably sad losers in life.
What sort of person give a thumb down. Scum! Removed
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02/03/2021 22:47:42 1 1
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Oil city would be condemned by Shankly.. Fraudsters
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02/03/2021 22:52:35 1 2
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Oil city slickers shanks loathe yer
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02/03/2021 12:40:04 22 0
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Well, 82 is not a bad run for your money. Rest In Peace, Saint!
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02/03/2021 12:47:03 126 2
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Total respect, Sir.... from an Everton fan
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02/03/2021 12:47:31 10 0
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Another great Scottish player that enriched our league, where are they all now ?

RIP Saint you were a joy to watch on and off the pitch.
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02/03/2021 17:59:14 2 0
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Nowadays a lot of Scots play in our lower divisions as foreigners come to the premier league
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02/03/2021 12:49:23 17 1
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proper footballer - love of the game not the ££££
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02/03/2021 12:51:42 13 0
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A colossus of the game and a sad loss.
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02/03/2021 12:53:45 146 2
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What a player,what a gentleman
Along with Jimmy Greaves they made a great double act when they finally hung up their boots
R I P
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02/03/2021 12:54:08 382 7
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Saint & Greavsie was the highlight on a sat for me as a kid with that great laugh of his! Ahh thanks for the memories Saint. RIP x
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02/03/2021 15:42:37 110 2
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Saint & Greavsie was the highlight of Saturday dinner time.
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02/03/2021 16:46:42 4 1
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I remember it well and seen them doing live football broadcast too :(
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02/03/2021 17:58:35 22 5
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How people can neg this comment down beggers belief!
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02/03/2021 20:48:55 10 0
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Loved Saint and Greavsie.
Saint's natural hosting ability allowed Greavsie to be the joker. Something very pleasing about watching him regularly crack up.
Shamefully, was astounded to find that Greavsie's still alive!

RIP St John.
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02/03/2021 23:04:02 1 0
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Bob Wilson will be very disappointed
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03/03/2021 08:12:21 0 0
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Greavsie did the talking saint just laughed the whole show

Brilliant
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03/03/2021 14:40:49 0 0
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Yeah I loved that show. Saint's career really took off once he teamed up with a Spurs legend.
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02/03/2021 12:55:13 17 0
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Legend of the game. Loved watching Saint and Greavesie - at the time quite a rare football magazine-type show when far less football was on our screens to that which we're now accustomed. It became almost religious viewing as a kid before heading to the match.
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02/03/2021 12:56:24 34 1
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One by one the stars of the 60’s and 70’s are leaving us. Soooo sad to hear about the death of Ian st John who brought so much to fans of football both on and off the field. My commiserations to his family.
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02/03/2021 20:00:00 5 0
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Well said, could not put it better
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02/03/2021 12:39:48 117 9
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RIP legend.

On behalf of the Man City family.
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02/03/2021 12:56:41 146 20
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What kind of person would down vote these posts....???? They must be unbelievably sad losers in life.
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02/03/2021 16:39:53 6 6
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Probably the fact OP thinks they can speak for all Man City. Also known as 'doing a Lily Allen'. Liberals have a habit of doing this...not that I disagree with the sentiment. RIP Legend....from me.
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02/03/2021 18:14:54 14 3
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Avondale47
The same people who scratch cars, break windows and throw rubbish onto the street.
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02/03/2021 19:22:58 8 3
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I couldn’t agree more
Down votes should be eliminated from these type of HYS. Those down voters are sad vile pillocks. Removed
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02/03/2021 22:29:02 1 1
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What kind *have* person
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03/03/2021 02:14:55 1 4
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Erm....just a hunch but maybe Liverpool fans??
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02/03/2021 12:57:56 162 5
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Along with Roger Hunt the Saint was my 1st LFC hero when my dad first took me to the match as a 5 year old boy. How time flies. Such a sad day. I am sure fans, of other teams, of a certain age will teams understand this post. All are old favourites are passing. R.I.P. Ian. God Bless.
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02/03/2021 16:30:42 110 14
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People who put the thumbs down to posts like this should get a life
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02/03/2021 16:55:06 14 1
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One of my all time Liverpool heroes too along with Sir Roger. Don't think I have ever had a happier moment than when he scored that goal in the FA cup final against Leeds. I was 9 years old and it was better than xmas, bonfire night, and my birthday rolled into one. Heaven awaits it's Saint.
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02/03/2021 17:17:09 14 3
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As a blue, St John was a thorn in our side. But you had to respect him, a great player and a great man. What would he have been worth in this day and age? Either as a player or a pundit, he puts many a so-called foreign star to shame and Lineker doesn't deserve to tie his shoelaces. No falling over in those days, just because someone has coughed close to you..
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02/03/2021 18:24:37 7 1
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Yep, rivalry should be put aside to pay respect to one of the greats,I never got the chance to see him play live but admired him when highlights etc were on tv, we all love our players, teams and footy in general we are a "family" and it's good that the bad old days of hooliganism and fights just cos you support your colours are just about a thing of the past. RIP Saint always admired
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03/03/2021 17:51:04 0 0
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Roger's not so good himself...I do understand your post, all those wonderful players of our boyhood and youthful times leaving our lives for the final time...always 'mad' about your team but saw other teams and players in a light that sadly too few share today, they all gave us a joy and pleasure by playing the game we love in a way we'd have loved to have played it...RIP Ian Saint John.
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02/03/2021 12:58:13 60 0
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Great player, great TV personality who changed how football was presented on tv , Still cant forget that Cup final winner in 1965 when he bent his body ridiculously to put that diving header in the net , RIP Saint
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02/03/2021 12:58:45 14 0
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I remember my late dad telling me about the hat trick in 2 and a half minutes and what a phenomenal player St John was RIP
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02/03/2021 12:39:48 117 9
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RIP legend.

On behalf of the Man City family.
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What sort of person give a thumb down. Scum! Removed
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02/03/2021 13:01:52 10 2
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He was the guy on the bubblegum card .
I later discovered who he was and what he had done.
He was Scottish and played for liverpool rest in peace. Top class footballer.
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02/03/2021 13:04:52 220 13
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A legend on and off the pitch and always a pleasure to watch with his tag mate Greavsie.....the new pundits couldn't lace their boots, yet are paid a Kings ransom of the Publics money, condolences to his family...
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02/03/2021 15:04:04 163 21
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Can believe people put thumbs down shameful
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02/03/2021 13:05:39 127 2
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RIP Saint, just too many of the all time greats, leaving us, at the moment, never saw him in his pomp, but seen tv clips etc, and he was a great goalscorer, fondly remember the "Saint & Greavsie" show. In fact I used to record it, because I worked on Saturdays. God bless you Saint, from a lifelong Man U fan
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02/03/2021 13:05:53 175 6
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One of Shankly's Originals a Great Player and a Funny Guy, God Bless You from a Man City Blue
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02/03/2021 22:46:37 10 23
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Shanks built a team proper way unlike ur oil city jokers
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02/03/2021 13:07:48 49 1
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Tough competitor, talented team player on the pitch and in the studio - and all done with an infectious smile - a life well lived by the Red 'Saint'
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02/03/2021 21:11:34 41 0
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I met him in Wrexham -got talking ,I told him I was a Blue and he invited me for a cup of tea in Marubbi's Cafe.

Told me how great Shanks & Co were and how he'd been honoured to play against the great Everton side and Brian Labone.

He was a kind and generous man - proper footballer who appreciated what he'd had and happy to share some great tales. I wish there were more 'Saints' around today.
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02/03/2021 13:07:57 10 0
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Great player and part of the best football show with Greavsie.
He was lucky enough to be around at the same time as Bill Shankly and, although the financial rewards were nothing like today, I’m sure he and his teammates had a better time.
RIP Saint
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02/03/2021 13:08:27 62 6
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RIP
Loved Saint & Graveside, when I was a kid!
Too young to see/remember him as a player though!
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02/03/2021 15:43:01 39 2
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Bit of a spellcheck issue there ;)
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02/03/2021 13:09:11 4 11
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A very good Liverpool player who lived to a ripe old age and has sadly passed on. I don't know whether the 'legendary' or 'Iconic' descriptions are justified. It seems that Ian St John was a very kind man with a heart of honey. RIP !
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02/03/2021 13:22:06 6 0
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I think Liverpool fans would say the descriptions are apt ( due to the impact that players like himself and Ron Yeats had on what as second division team at the time)
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02/03/2021 13:11:27 118 6
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Yet another of the GREAT players of yesteryear left us. He will be sadly missed by ALL true football fans. Loved watching him with Greavsie. Condolences to his Family. RIP xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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02/03/2021 13:12:03 7 0
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I can remember him as Pompey manager for a while. I think I'm right in saying it took him about 13 games to get his 1st win and they were relegated to Div 3. But he was liked by the fans. Pompey were on a slide down the divisions, they were in financial trouble, but he brought through a lot of young players: Chris Kamara, Steve Foster, eg.
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02/03/2021 13:15:01 11 1
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God rest you Saint...

The very foundation of...

What has made Liverpool FC...

The immense global power-house, it is today...

Never forgotten & always one of us...

Respected & admired.
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02/03/2021 13:18:43 8 0
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Saint & greavesie ! Fantastic start to the footy weekend !! RIP there
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02/03/2021 13:21:49 10 0
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I remember watching St John in the 60s when he was whistled up for a foul. He flicked the ball onto his head, let it roll down his back, back-heeled it then spent the next couple of minutes juggling the ball. Marvellous display of skill, the Kop loved it. These days he'd be given a card for wasting time or not taking the game seriously enough. He was an entertainer as well as a footballer. R.I.P
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02/03/2021 13:21:58 28 1
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RIP Ian St John , great player and a great character... from an Everton fan
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02/03/2021 13:09:11 4 11
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A very good Liverpool player who lived to a ripe old age and has sadly passed on. I don't know whether the 'legendary' or 'Iconic' descriptions are justified. It seems that Ian St John was a very kind man with a heart of honey. RIP !
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02/03/2021 13:22:06 6 0
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I think Liverpool fans would say the descriptions are apt ( due to the impact that players like himself and Ron Yeats had on what as second division team at the time)
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02/03/2021 13:25:14 4 0
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Want to feel old? Ian St John and Jimmy Greaves seemed like players from a bygone age when Saint and Greavsie was on our screens but they'd only retired from playing about 12 years earlier.

The equivalent nowadays would be a programme hosted by Darren Anderton and Jason McAteer!
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02/03/2021 13:50:45 2 0
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Or even by Gary Lineker and Mark Lawrenson.....

Oh, wait a minute....
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02/03/2021 13:25:52 25 1
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I remember the 'secret' footage of him watching Scotland at the '86 World Cup, after the S&G tv camera was left on intentionally after their live broadcast, and St John reverting to being an everyday supporter....including the angst and bleeped language!

Top football man. RIP
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02/03/2021 13:26:30 9 1
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I see a comment has been removed below , why I wonder , what else is there except to say RIP
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02/03/2021 13:28:13 18 0
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54 years a fan - and all down to THE SAINT! I hope people take timeout to read his books - a true gentleman and superstar from such a humble background. RIP.
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02/03/2021 13:31:00 30 0
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As much as the MUFC vs LFC divide does stir up intense rivalry, the respect will always be there. We don't have to like each other to respect each other. R.I.P and condolences to family and friends.
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02/03/2021 13:31:34 29 0
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Growing up in the 80s I used to love Saint and Greavsie, knockabout humour and wit that you looked forward to on a Saturday lunchtime. Mexico 86 remains my favourite World Cup as it's the first I properly remember and they featured a fair bit on ITV during that. RIP Saint.
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02/03/2021 13:33:13 103 2
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Was fortunate enough to be at Wembley for 2000 Euro qualifier second leg, England v Scotland, in corporate hospitality. The Saint was our host, and after Scotland " totally destroyed" England, 1.0, (and England still qualified), the Saint gave one of the funniest stand-up comedy routines I have ever heard. A true gent, with fantastic knowledge of the game and an all-round entertainer. RIP.
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02/03/2021 13:36:08 9 0
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Ian St.John was the type of player whose skills and personality could pack terraces and TV audiences alike.

The Saint's character shone through in his play, and along with other 'entertainers' such as Jimmy Greaves, Derek Dougan, Rodney Marsh, Franny Lee, Peter Osgood and many others, the Saint made 'Match of the Day' and 'The Big Match' compulsive viewing for a now 60's something like me.
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02/03/2021 13:36:43 7 0
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Loved Saint&Greavsie, can even hear the intro music now! Greavsie's not in the best of health either and I have fond memories of both of them... RIP Sir.
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02/03/2021 13:39:30 6 0
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Rip i s j . LEGEND ...
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02/03/2021 13:39:35 8 0
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So another Great leaves us. The word legend is bandied around but ball playing centre forwards were a rarity back in the 60s. That's what made him so special and he will always be remembered for that 65 cup final goal. RIP The Saint.
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02/03/2021 13:42:34 11 0
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Yet another great leaves us so many recently that's some team they are putting together upstairs, I never saw Ian play that much but loved his show with another great jimmy greaves, Ian always seemed such a lovely guy.
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02/03/2021 13:43:32 1 31
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The tv show was bloody dreadful only watched one gave it a chance. Never Saw him play live only on motd looked alright
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02/03/2021 13:55:34 27 0
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Thanks for your heartfelt well thought out contribution
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get back in your box, and take your platitudes with you, endofabell Removed
There's always that one saddo living in his mums basement with nothing better to do, isn't there..... Removed
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02/03/2021 16:09:19 4 0
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What a muppet
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02/03/2021 20:46:46 0 0
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your kind thought's ?
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02/03/2021 22:20:26 0 2
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Totally agree. Ian St John was a great player and will be rightly lauded and missed. But Saint & Greavesie was music hall and not very good. Dumbing down at its worst.
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02/03/2021 13:43:32 24 0
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R.I.P Ian. A true legend of the game and a gentleman to boot. From a lifelong Evertonian.
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02/03/2021 13:47:43 8 0
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The Saint was a great entertainer as well as a brilliant forward - an absolute legend in the Sixties and beyond.
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02/03/2021 13:48:12 14 0
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A true legend. A model for all sports broadcasters to emulate.
Funny, generous and accurate and never heard to utter phrases such as “he was entitled to go down”.
Top bloke socially too.
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02/03/2021 13:48:58 14 0
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RIP Saint. You were one of my mums favourites. It used to drive my Dad and me mad as we are blues.
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02/03/2021 13:25:14 4 0
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Want to feel old? Ian St John and Jimmy Greaves seemed like players from a bygone age when Saint and Greavsie was on our screens but they'd only retired from playing about 12 years earlier.

The equivalent nowadays would be a programme hosted by Darren Anderton and Jason McAteer!
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02/03/2021 13:50:45 2 0
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Or even by Gary Lineker and Mark Lawrenson.....

Oh, wait a minute....
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02/03/2021 13:43:32 1 31
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The tv show was bloody dreadful only watched one gave it a chance. Never Saw him play live only on motd looked alright
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02/03/2021 13:55:34 27 0
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Thanks for your heartfelt well thought out contribution
Your more than welcome, just pointing out that I didn't like the programme nothing more. I never slagged the man you football fans love a death Removed
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02/03/2021 13:56:35 14 0
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If the world was full of Saints, it would be a much happier place. RIP Ian.
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02/03/2021 13:58:19 8 0
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My first footballing hero, centre forward for Liverpool and for Scotland, my thoughts are with those dear to him; RIP Ian
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02/03/2021 13:58:37 26 0
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Tottenham fan.

Very sad news and my condolences to his family, friends and all Reds fans on the loss of one of your great players.

RIP Ian.
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02/03/2021 13:59:21 16 0
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Used to watch Saint & Greavesie, really funny! Seen St John many times at OT, good player, didn't seem so much hate then. RIP (Utd fan)
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02/03/2021 13:43:32 1 31
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The tv show was bloody dreadful only watched one gave it a chance. Never Saw him play live only on motd looked alright
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02/03/2021 14:03:50 8 0
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Given all the well publicised health problems that Jimmy Greaves has had over the years, it is ironic that somehow he has managed to outlive the Saint.

Theirs was a great show, leading the way in many respects, as it came along at a time when humour and wise-cracking from presenters and pundits was not such a feature of football preview/analysis programmes.
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02/03/2021 14:17:52 1 0
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Unfortunately, in recent years Ian St.John himself also had very serious health problems in, which were reported on regularly in 'Liverpool media circles.'
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02/03/2021 14:06:13 6 0
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real shame to read this today. I had the pleasure of meeting him a few times through his football camps during the summer holidays. The quality of coaches he persuaded to help at these camps just couldn't be replicated today. RIP Sir
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02/03/2021 14:06:46 8 2
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The Saint. Says it all. RIP. YMWA.
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02/03/2021 14:08:56 11 0
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Sorry to hear about Ian St John passing away. I used to love watching him and Jimmy Greaves together on Saint and Greavsie.
Condolences to his family and friends.
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02/03/2021 14:12:57 10 0
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What a pity. Didn't realise he was quite so old and was unaware of his illness. A stylish, effective player , part of what many will regard as Liverpool's best side. And always gave the impression that he was a decent human being. too.
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02/03/2021 14:03:50 8 0
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Given all the well publicised health problems that Jimmy Greaves has had over the years, it is ironic that somehow he has managed to outlive the Saint.

Theirs was a great show, leading the way in many respects, as it came along at a time when humour and wise-cracking from presenters and pundits was not such a feature of football preview/analysis programmes.
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02/03/2021 14:17:52 1 0
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Unfortunately, in recent years Ian St.John himself also had very serious health problems in, which were reported on regularly in 'Liverpool media circles.'
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02/03/2021 13:43:32 1 31
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The tv show was bloody dreadful only watched one gave it a chance. Never Saw him play live only on motd looked alright
get back in your box, and take your platitudes with you, endofabell Removed
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02/03/2021 18:11:26 0 4
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Ahh have I hurt your feelings because I don't like the same TV programmes as you, dear me
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02/03/2021 14:26:56 19 0
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Sad news, but I'd like to try to raise a smile by reminding everyone of the old story of the Church sign plus LFC graffiti which read - JESUS SAVES! But St.John scores from the rebound!
RIP Saint
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02/03/2021 14:27:20 16 0
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Going to school in Prescot in the early sixties, if you were a Red you were either St.John or Roger Hunt in the lunchtime kickabouts.
Very sad day, condolences to the St.John family and the wider Liverpool family also.
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02/03/2021 21:56:31 2 0
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Wow - I too went to school in Prescot - we Reds played lunchtime games every day v the Blues - epic. Also, I was behind the goal at Wembley where St John scored that brilliant winning header to win our first FA Cup.
Thanks Ian - you were a fantastic player - the beginning of an incredible rise with Shankly from Div 2 to the Football League Champions.
YNWA with thanks for your two great careers.
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02/03/2021 14:28:10 9 0
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Great player and personality. Once saw him play in a charity match in the mid 70s. Not convinced about the lack of caps claim. He was picked for a further 4 years after joining Liverpool. Many great Scottish players, eg Jimmy Johnstone, only seemed to win 20 plus caps. And he only played in Scotland.
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02/03/2021 15:14:17 3 0
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Also, there were far less International matches then.
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02/03/2021 14:32:38 240 8
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The Saint & Greavsie show was brilliant TV and really should have continued much longer than it actually did.
They were both top notch players in their time, and were naturally talented at broadcasting with their football knowledge and humour, and so much better than the overpaid and humourless regular pundits that we see these days.
A sad farewell to the Saint today.
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02/03/2021 14:36:57 31 98
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Talking down today’s punters doesn’t make them any better. There’s no need
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02/03/2021 15:27:45 6 24
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The Saint and Greavsie was for its time and if anything went on too long but sad news today about Ian St John..
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02/03/2021 19:45:02 5 1
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Totally agree Old-Stager.
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03/03/2021 09:42:40 0 0
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Totally agree with you.
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02/03/2021 14:33:39 23 0
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I don’t remember Ian St. John the player however I have seen video tape footage and he looked a very fine player indeed. Scored the winner in the 1965 FA Cup final against Leeds. I remember him as a tv presenter with jimmy greaves and he was always very funny and entertaining. Rest in peace Ian ????
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02/03/2021 14:35:10 20 0
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Met him a good few years ago at a lunch function. Smiling, friendly and approachable. You’ll be missed Saint.
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02/03/2021 14:32:38 240 8
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The Saint & Greavsie show was brilliant TV and really should have continued much longer than it actually did.
They were both top notch players in their time, and were naturally talented at broadcasting with their football knowledge and humour, and so much better than the overpaid and humourless regular pundits that we see these days.
A sad farewell to the Saint today.
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02/03/2021 14:36:57 31 98
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Talking down today’s punters doesn’t make them any better. There’s no need
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02/03/2021 15:35:22 20 3
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Well said ,
Let’s celebrate Ian St. John , no need to do anything else
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02/03/2021 18:34:57 20 2
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There's no need to be an old woman about it either
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03/03/2021 00:53:19 4 0
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Yes there is every reason.......especially when we have dross pundits like Micah Richards, and that Scouse nobody who wears the Joe-90 glasses and never stops talking.

Many of these modern idiots as players and as pundits aren’t even fit to lace Saint and Greavsie’s boots.
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02/03/2021 14:38:07 10 0
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RIP Legend

Much loved and will be very much missed :( :( :(
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02/03/2021 14:41:30 20 0
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Remember him well from his ITV programme with Jimmy Greaves.

Knew now to make it fun and have a laugh whilst being serious at times.

RIP and condolences to his family.
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02/03/2021 14:42:26 303 9
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Opposite Prince’s Park gates in Liverpool there is an old church.

At one time, back in the 1960s, the church erected a large billboard outside, asking the public:
‘What would you do if Jesus Christ came down to earth?’

In response someone wrote below: ‘Move St. John to inside left’.

I always admired him, even as a lifelong Evertonian. RIP.
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02/03/2021 14:57:09 192 11
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The other one being the church notice saying ‘Jesus saves.’ And underneath was written ‘but St. John knocks in the rebound.’
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02/03/2021 16:26:55 37 2
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Great story, and a lovely tribute to the man.

Another legend passes on.

RIP Saint, from a Man Utd supporter.
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02/03/2021 16:27:54 12 3
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There’s a similar story of a church in Liverpool emblazoned with ‘Jesus Saves’ under which someone scrawled ‘and St John puts in the rebound’!
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02/03/2021 16:31:00 20 2
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Amazing! Even after he’s died he can still cheer you up. I’d guess he quite enjoyed the joke at the time, too.
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02/03/2021 18:24:20 2 0
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Laugh I nearly brought me own beer
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02/03/2021 22:40:39 0 0
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Why would you admire a man who turns his back in a child because he said he was a blue?
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02/03/2021 14:43:18 29 0
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Grew up watching football in the sixties in Manchester.

We had Denis the King but Liverpool had a true saint.

Ian St. John a Fabulous player and a Fabulous man.
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02/03/2021 17:10:50 7 1
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"We had Denis the King"

Only just..... Shankly managed Law at Huddersfield and was desperate to sign him when he took over at Liverpool - the board said no.
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02/03/2021 21:01:51 1 0
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fabulous comment.
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02/03/2021 14:45:24 20 0
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It's stuck with me all these years a wisecrack from Saint and Greavsie over the Rudy Voller/Frank Rijkaard spitting incident. "He'll always have a spitting image." RIP Saint
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02/03/2021 14:48:17 104 4
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"You crack me up, Greavsie"

"It's a funny old game, Saint"
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02/03/2021 14:48:33 14 0
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That knockout punch still makes me laugh. RIP Saint. A true legend ????
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02/03/2021 14:49:54 14 7
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A wonderful player. I never enjoyed the "Saint + Greavsie" programme because of Greaves' big mouth. I'm a Port Vale fan + when his beloved Tottenham drew us in the FA Cup he 'quipped' "The only trouble Spurs will have is finding the place". Vale 2 Spurs 1 hahaha St John never resorted to cheap stuff like that. Compared to the idiots of today (Sutton, Savage, Lineker, Jenas) he was a superb pundit.
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02/03/2021 15:23:22 3 0
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It's called humour, you need to have a thicker skin. He was the straight man to the funny Greaves.
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02/03/2021 15:25:34 3 1
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You're a riot at parties aren't you richard.
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02/03/2021 14:54:04 28 0
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A great Scottish footballer and a gentleman, adopted by Liverpool and made a saint. “It’s a funny old game” said the other one.
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02/03/2021 15:14:05 15 0
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Loved Saint & Greavesie. Yes, it’s a funny old game Saint! RIP Sir.
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02/03/2021 14:54:34 9 0
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Real Legend RIP.
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02/03/2021 14:54:41 21 0
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No liverpool lover by any means but respect where it's due R I P sir .
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02/03/2021 14:55:39 96 4
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Remember standing on the KOP with my dad the day he made his debut. Had a brilliant game followed by many more. A grand ambassador for football and Liverpool FC, Will be sadly missed.
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02/03/2021 15:28:49 55 2
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What a great memory to have.
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02/03/2021 14:42:26 303 9
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Opposite Prince’s Park gates in Liverpool there is an old church.

At one time, back in the 1960s, the church erected a large billboard outside, asking the public:
‘What would you do if Jesus Christ came down to earth?’

In response someone wrote below: ‘Move St. John to inside left’.

I always admired him, even as a lifelong Evertonian. RIP.
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02/03/2021 14:57:09 192 11
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The other one being the church notice saying ‘Jesus saves.’ And underneath was written ‘but St. John knocks in the rebound.’
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02/03/2021 16:07:06 16 1
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How about the longest shot in history? When St John scored from Hunts Cross1
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02/03/2021 17:17:59 6 1
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And another along similar lines: "Jesus Saves" on the church poster near where I lived. Underneath in good handwriting "Not against St John".
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02/03/2021 14:57:41 82 1
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Grew up with Saint & Greavsie. Loved Saint - it was so easy to listen to him. Very sad day. RIP Saint.
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02/03/2021 13:43:32 1 31
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The tv show was bloody dreadful only watched one gave it a chance. Never Saw him play live only on motd looked alright
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There's always that one saddo living in his mums basement with nothing better to do, isn't there..... Removed
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02/03/2021 18:12:32 0 3
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Explain what is sad about someone who doesn't like the same tv programme as yourself
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02/03/2021 13:04:52 220 13
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A legend on and off the pitch and always a pleasure to watch with his tag mate Greavsie.....the new pundits couldn't lace their boots, yet are paid a Kings ransom of the Publics money, condolences to his family...
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02/03/2021 15:04:04 163 21
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Can believe people put thumbs down shameful
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02/03/2021 15:33:40 14 14
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Possibly because the poster was using St John's death as a stick with which to beat modern pundits? Not necessary.
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02/03/2021 16:19:39 10 13
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Can't believe he couldn't make a comment without slagging the BBC off..
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02/03/2021 18:26:54 3 3
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The reason they get fed up with people like you keep pointing it out, as you do that they do it upset you
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02/03/2021 19:53:14 5 3
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Sad people who have never been to a football match, hiding away in their bedroom where they feel safe to issue hateful comments.
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03/03/2021 00:01:29 1 1
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19 were probably to young or weren't born. No internet back then folk and TV was much better back then. Not today it's crap Match Of The Day is boring aswell.
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02/03/2021 15:04:46 29 4
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Shameful people actually put a thumbs down disgraceful
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02/03/2021 15:24:20 11 3
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Totally agree,
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02/03/2021 16:23:52 5 0
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Best way to pi*s them off is not even mention it . They are craving the attention they missed out on as children .
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02/03/2021 17:27:01 1 0
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I think there are some (not all) who are downvoting the people who are taking this sombre moment to slag off modern pundits and footballers, when this really isn't the place to do it.
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02/03/2021 20:56:12 1 0
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they must read the mail or the sun ?
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02/03/2021 15:09:31 28 0
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One of Liverpool’s all-time greats. Loved the pairing with Jimmy Greaves (my all-time Spurs great). Respect to Ian’s family from a lifelong Tottenham fan. RIP Saint!
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02/03/2021 15:26:02 4 0
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????
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02/03/2021 15:10:38 5 0
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Remember him as manager at Fratton Park, as well as Saint and Greavsie - a top man. RIP.
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02/03/2021 14:54:04 28 0
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A great Scottish footballer and a gentleman, adopted by Liverpool and made a saint. “It’s a funny old game” said the other one.
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02/03/2021 15:14:05 15 0
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Loved Saint & Greavesie. Yes, it’s a funny old game Saint! RIP Sir.
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02/03/2021 14:28:10 9 0
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Great player and personality. Once saw him play in a charity match in the mid 70s. Not convinced about the lack of caps claim. He was picked for a further 4 years after joining Liverpool. Many great Scottish players, eg Jimmy Johnstone, only seemed to win 20 plus caps. And he only played in Scotland.
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02/03/2021 15:14:17 3 0
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Also, there were far less International matches then.
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02/03/2021 15:15:09 11 2
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At least he got to see his team becoming champions once more, unlike poor Greavsie.
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02/03/2021 15:30:40 4 0
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Very funny. Almost.. Greaves HAS lived to see his team becoming champions
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02/03/2021 15:18:41 2 4
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As usual, an article by this writer that doesn’t due IStJ justice, poor attempt at an obituary.
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02/03/2021 15:19:21 12 0
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Rest in peace Saint. You will never walk alone.
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02/03/2021 15:20:52 9 0
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He was the perfect foil for Greaves; A format and chemistry that has never been replicated since and probably never will.
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Dys
02/03/2021 15:20:55 222 5
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Surely people can put their colours aside to just say goodbye to a great man of football.

YNWA
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02/03/2021 15:26:16 173 4
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They can't for some reason mate, but they are not proper football supporters. It doesn't matter who you support in these cases. He was a great man, simple as that
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02/03/2021 15:37:45 26 1
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I certainly can. And I don't even lke football. Top bloke, Ian St. John.
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02/03/2021 18:08:06 4 0
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Says the man who immediately shows his colours...haha. Not in any way having a go though Dys, I fully agree with what you said, just made me giggle.

(NSNO)
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02/03/2021 18:23:59 12 1
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Nothing but love for the Saint from this blue. RIP.
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02/03/2021 19:56:50 17 0
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As an Everton fan I completely agree,he was a very good footballer and also a very nice man and we should speak kindly of people, it costs nothing to be nice
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03/03/2021 12:00:11 0 0
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I can. He was amazing as a player.
Honestly, I don't understand why anyone "colour waves" when any tragedy hits.
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03/03/2021 12:09:55 2 0
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Those of us with respect and a real love for the game can. Any of us that saw him play can.
RIP Football & Liverpool legend.
Spurs fan
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02/03/2021 15:23:05 6 0
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RIP Ian StJ
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02/03/2021 15:23:15 9 0
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Thank you for wonderful sense of humour! Rest in peace. A true gentlemen.
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02/03/2021 14:49:54 14 7
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A wonderful player. I never enjoyed the "Saint + Greavsie" programme because of Greaves' big mouth. I'm a Port Vale fan + when his beloved Tottenham drew us in the FA Cup he 'quipped' "The only trouble Spurs will have is finding the place". Vale 2 Spurs 1 hahaha St John never resorted to cheap stuff like that. Compared to the idiots of today (Sutton, Savage, Lineker, Jenas) he was a superb pundit.
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02/03/2021 15:23:22 3 0
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It's called humour, you need to have a thicker skin. He was the straight man to the funny Greaves.
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02/03/2021 15:23:39 10 0
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Saturday's were great back then - Football Focus and then turn over for the Saint & Greavsie which was essential viewing. It would end at 1:40, after which I'd meet my mates at 2ish and get the bus to the match. The key part was than none of us would set off until S&G had finished! Great memories - RIP Saint
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02/03/2021 15:44:32 10 1
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That was when football was proper. Every game kicked off at 3pm. No tickets, queued to get in the ground. Half time scores on a billboard. Watched the results through the window of a television shop. Filthy, muddy pitches. 250 quid a week and 10 times the skill of the modern player.
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02/03/2021 15:04:46 29 4
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Shameful people actually put a thumbs down disgraceful
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02/03/2021 15:24:20 11 3
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Totally agree,