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Name: Ian Rush  
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Date of Birth: 20th October 1961
Place of Birth: St Asaph
Profession: Footballer
From Wikipedia, the free Encyclopedia

Ian Rush (born October 20, 1961) is a Welsh footballer. He played for Liverpool F.C., and is their all-time highest goalscorer.

"Rushie", the goal scoring machine was also famous for sporting a 'tache in the Liverpool team of the 1980's with Graeme Souness.

In two spells with the club, Rush scored 346 goals in 658 league games, having joined them from Chester City in 1980. Ian scored a record 44 FA Cup goals (39 for Liverpool). In his three FA Cup Final appearences he scored 5 times, all on the winning team. Rush scored also has the record for scoring League Cup goals 49. He too is the top scorer against Liverpool's local rivals Everton with 25 goals.

In the summer of 1986, he was transferred to the Italian giants, Juventus in Serie A, although, as part of the deal, he did not join the club until a year later, allowing him to spend a final season with Liverpool. His time at Juventus was less than successful, scoring only seven times in 29 games. After one season, he was back at Anfield, rejoining in the summer of 1988.

He once famously described his stay in the north of Italy as like being "in a foreign country".

He also played for Wales for whom he scored 28 goals in 73 games. Unfortunately for the man from North Wales, he never got the chance to play in a major tournament for his country. Though in 1991 he scored the winning goal in an Euro 92 qualifier against West Germany

Later in his career he played for Leeds United, Newcastle United, Sheffield United, Wrexham and also Sydney Olympic. He was appointed manager of Football League Two team Chester City F.C. in August 2004 having removed himself from the unofficial shortlist for the post of manager of the Welsh national team in November 2004. He resigned from his post at Chester in April 2005 citing disagreements with the Chairman as the reason for his departure.

In 2005, at the age of 43, Ian Rush considered coming out of retirement to play for TNS, after the Welsh side were drawn against Liverpool for their opening round Champions League qualifying match.

Ian Rush was mentioned in a famous British milk television commercial. The advert featured two boys with strong Scouse accents in Liverpool Football Club shirts. After a game of football they talk about milk. The dialogue ran as follows:

Boy 1: "Do you want a drink?"
Boy 2: "Got any lemonade?"
Boy 1: "If you want!" (he takes a bottle of milk from the fridge)
Boy 2: "Milk.....Ugh!"
Boy 1: "It's what Ian Rush drinks."
Boy 2: "Ian Rush?"
Boy 1: "Yeah, an' he says if I don't drink lots of milk, when I grow up I'm only gonna be good enough to play for Accrington Stanley!"
Boy 2: "Accrington Stanley? ... Who are they??!"
Boy 1: "Exactly!"
Boy 2: "Gimmie some!"
Boy 1: "Gerroff!"

Honours and Awards

  • League Championships (First Division): 5
    • 1981/82 1982/83 1983/84 1985/86 1989/90
  • FA Cup: 3
    • 1986 1989 1992
  • League Cup: 5
    • 1981 1982 1983 1984 1995
  • European Cup: 1
    • 1984
  • Charity Shield: 4
    • 1982 1986 (shared) 1989 1990 (shared)
  • PFA Players' Player of the Year: 1
    • 1984
  • PFA Young Player of the Year: 1
    • 1983
Preceded by:
Kenny Dalglish
Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year
Succeeded by:
Neville Southall
Preceded by:
Kenny Dalglish
PFA Players' Player of the Year
Succeeded by:
Peter Reid
Preceded by:
Steve Moran
PFA Young Player of the Year
Succeeded by:
Paul Walsh

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