Three time European Cup winner Jimmy Case did not have a conventional introduction to professional football. Rejected by Liverpool scout Tom Saunders at the age of 14, he dropped into non-league football, only to be scouted again by Saunders and signed at the age of Jimmy, what changed between your rejection at 14 and your recruitment at 17?
A mixed bag of the usual anecdotes, told with honesty and charm. But he had a predecessor, and at the same club no less. But he won the European Cup three times. Case, a combative right-sided fiery bastard of a midfielder with a penchant for thunderbastards, was a local boy and had already been turned down by legendary Liverpool scout Tom Saunders, as well as Burnley. Au contraire, says Case.
His credentials, however, were established locally when during a football game between the Garston Church Choir and the Allerton Scouts he gave the goalkeeper of the choir a hefty kick when the score was , with coats as goalposts. Jimmy established his reputation as a winner, if not a bad loser. Even though Jimmy's team lost, his legend was born. Case was the key player in the first leg vs Bruges when he came on as a substitute at half-time for John Toshack when Liverpool were down at half-time. The Kop and the supporters were magnificent that night. Throats must have been red-raw with cheering. But you know what? I believe those fans liked to see us with our backs to the wall because they knew we could win. It could have hit my thigh and run out of play, but I jumped instinctively and side-footed the ball into the net. Three Liverpool goals in five minutes in a European final reminiscent of Istanbul.
James Robert Case born 18 May is an English retired footballer who played as a midfielder. Known for having one of the hardest shots in the British game, he shot to fame with the powerful Liverpool side of the s and early s. Case was brought up in Allerton and was a distant neighbour of musician Paul McCartney on the council estate which had been built in the interwar years. He was a keen member of the local scouts. As a young teenager he was quite small for his age. Although small in stature, Case graduated through the schools' teams and then joined a tough dockers' side, Blue Union. The physical nature of these early games would affect the rest of his football career. Upon leaving school, Case served an apprenticeship as an electrician and continued with this even after signing for Liverpool and playing in their reserves. Those who knew Case as a teenager were amazed at his physical transformation.