Saturday 16 December 2017

Dalglish: the Liverpool years

1977 -- Aug 10: Joins Liverpool from Celtic in a British record £440,000 deal.

Aug 13: Makes Liverpool debut in Charity Shield against Man United.

Aug 20: Scores first Liverpool goal on league debut against Middlesbrough.

Aug 23: Nets on Anfield debut.

1978: Tops club goalscoring chart at the end of first full season with Liverpool, scoring 31 goals in 62 appearances.

May 10: Scores the winning goal in the European Cup final against FC Bruges.

1979: Wins Football Writers' Player of the Year award as Liverpool wrap up old First Division.

1980: Wins second league title.

1981: Liverpool win League Cup, but the big prize comes as the Reds clinch third European Cup of Bob Paisley era.

1982: Liverpool win league again and second successive League Cup.

1983: Third League Cup triumph is capped by securing back-to-back league titles. Dalglish wins both Player of the Year awards.

1984: Now playing under Joe Fagan, Liverpool clinch a treble, lifting the European Cup, league and League Cup.

1985 -- May 29: Hours before the ill-fated European Cup final against Juventus at the Heysel Stadium in Brussels, Fagan announces he will retire at the end of the season, leaving Dalglish to step up as player/manager.

1986: With English clubs banned from Europe in the wake of the Heysel disaster, Dalglish secures a league and FA Cup double.

1987: Liverpool finish the 1986-87 season without any trophies.

1988: Dalglish signs Peter Beardsley, John Barnes and John Aldridge and his new-look side win a second title under his tenure as player-manager.

1989 -- April 15: Endures darkest hour when 96 fans of the club die in a crush at Hillsborough ahead of the FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest.

May 20: Five weeks later, Dalglish leads Liverpool to an emotional 3-2 win over Everton in the FA Cup final.

1990 -- May 1: Makes final appearance at the age of 38 against Derby, by which time the Reds were league champions for the third time under Dalglish and for the 18th time in total. He retired with a record of 172 goals in 515 first-team games for the club.

1991 -- Feb 22: Stands down as manager on health grounds.

2009 --July 3: Dalglish appointed to senior role at the Liverpool academy and also to act as a club ambassador.

2010 --June: Asked to help find Rafael Benitez's successor and is linked with the job himself. Roy Hogdson is eventually appointed.

2011 -- Jan 8: Following Hodgson's departure, Dalglish takes charge of Liverpool until the end of the season.

May 12: Signs a three-year deal.

Irish Independent

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