A former star of Liverpool football club and the Scotland international team, Ian St John is possibly better known by later generations as half of the popular Saint and Greavsie football commentary TV programme. However, there is far more to this motivational speaker than a single television show.
St John – known affectionately as The Saint – is a member of the Scottish Football Hall of Fame, an accolade awarded to him after an incredible career on the pitch, which began in 1957 with Motherwell, where he scored 80 goals, including a hat-trick in just two-and-a-half minutes.
Four years later, the motivational speaker moved to Liverpool where he stayed for 10 years, making 424 appearances and scoring 118 goals. The club’s legendary manager Bill Shankly had said that his recruitment of St John was a turning point for the team. For Scotland, Ian St John scored nine goals in 21 games.
With St John in the Liverpool team, the club won the Football League first division twice, the FA Charity Shield three times, the Football League second division once and the FA Cup once (for the first time in the club’s history). His team also made it into the final of the European Cup.
After he retired from playing, Ian St John went on to hold managerial posts at Motherwell, Portsmouth, Coventry City and Sheffield Wednesday. He then forged his highly successful TV and radio career where he appeared as a pundit for several sporting events, including five European football championships and six world cups.
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