Ian St. John

Ian St. John

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Ian St. John (born 7 June 1938 in Motherwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland) is a former Scottish footballer, who played for Scotland 21 times. He is now a manager and pundit. In 2008 he was inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame.

Early career

Ian St John began his career at boyhood favourites Motherwell where managed by Bobby Ancell he was part of the conveyor belt of talent that was nicknamed 'The Ancell Babes'. Among the coaching staff at Fir Park was someone destined to play a significant role in his career, Reuben Bennett. St John scored one of the fastest hat-tricks on record when at Motherwell: 2 minutes and 30 seconds, against Hibernian in 1959. His 2.5 minute hat-trick against Hibernian at Easter Road in 1959 was incredible. His 6 goals in the never to be forgotten 9-2 thrashing of Brazilians Flamenco at Fir Park was sheer brilliance.

On 2 May 1961 he transferred to Liverpool where Bennett was now part of Bill Shankly's 'Boot Room' coaching staff. The fee was more than double the previous highest transfer fee paid by the Anfield board, £37,500. Prior to that move, a move to Newcastle United had been mooted.

He was brought to the club by manager Bill Shankly, who was preparing for his second season as Liverpool manager with the club still in the Second Division. Many years later, after Shankly's retirement as...
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