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From tragedy to triumph and back again: How Jim Beglin learned to walk on through the storms

Saturday Interview: He signed for the greatest football team in Europe when just a teenager; made his debut at 21 and won a League and Cup double a year later. Established as Ireland’s left-back, he had it all. But one day, it was taken away from him in an instant, a horror tackle breaking his leg. It would end his Liverpool career at 23 and dash his World Cup dreams. However, at that stage he had already learned how to deal with a much greater, more personal loss

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Realising his dreams: Jim Beglin (left) and Alan Hansen parade the FA Cup at Wembley after their 1986 final triumph against Everton that completed the double. Photo: Liverpool FC via Getty Images

Realising his dreams: Jim Beglin (left) and Alan Hansen parade the FA Cup at Wembley after their 1986 final triumph against Everton that completed the double. Photo: Liverpool FC via Getty Images

Liverpool FC via Getty Images

Realising his dreams: Jim Beglin (left) and Alan Hansen parade the FA Cup at Wembley after their 1986 final triumph against Everton that completed the double. Photo: Liverpool FC via Getty Images

It has taken Jim Beglin a lot longer to recover from a broken heart than a broken leg.

He was far too young when both happened but he has learned to live with the limp. He had no choice. For it is a lifelong promise. Passed down from one father's son to another.

Tom Beglin was having a check-up in the Bon Secours on a Saturday night in 1983; his son had signed for his favourite club, the best of the age, Liverpool, earlier that summer.