Liverpool great Ian St John, who scored the winning goal to give the club its first FA Cup, has died at the age of 82.
St John made 425 appearances for the Reds and scored 118 goals as a key member of Bill Shankly’s famous side of the 1960s.
The Premier League club confirmed St John died on Monday evening following a long illness.
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of a true Anfield legend, Ian St John,” the Merseyside outfit said.
“The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool Football Club are with Ian’s family and friends at this sad and difficult time. Rest in peace, Ian St John 1938-2021.”
The St John family said he passed away peacefully with his family at his bedside.
“It is with a heavy heart that we have to inform you that after a long illness we have lost a husband, father and grandfather,” the family said in a statement on Liverpool’s website.
St John won two first division titles under Shankly and scored the winning goal in Liverpool’s FA Cup final in 1965.
He also represented Scotland 21 times, scoring nine goals.
After retiring in 1973, St John went on to manage his hometown club Motherwell and also Portsmouth.
But he won a new generation of fans in the 1980s presenting the popular Saturday afternoon football show Saint and Greavsie alongside former Tottenham and England forward Jimmy Greaves.
“We are very sad to hear the Saint has passed away,” Greaves posted on Twitter.
“He was a lovely man and will be sadly missed by many, many people.”
Ex-Reds captain Steven Gerrard, who managers Scottish club Rangers, heard the news during a Rangers press conference.
“I’m really disappointed to hear that. He’s an iconic figure at Liverpool Football Club,” he said.
“A fantastic guy. Really insightful in terms of his career and experience at Liverpool and trying to pass on a lot of knowledge and expertise.
“So I’m really devastated to hear that news to be honest with you. Shocked as well, so I’d like to pass on my condolences to all his family and everyone close to the Saint.”
St John began his career with Scottish club Motherwell in 1957 and scored 80 goals in 113 league games.