Transfer record smashed again

02 May 1961

Ian St John was one of two landmark Scottish signings for Bill Shankly in 1961 alongside centre-back Ron Yeats.

The club agreed to pay Motherwell a record £37,500 for a man known as The Saint, though over the next decade he repaid every penny in goals and assists.

He proved an instant hit with the Kop by scoring a debut hat-trick against Everton in the Liverpool Senior Cup final. The famous stand would later sing 'When the Saints Go Marching In' in his honour.

A wonderful competitor, St John turned out to be one of the final pieces in the jigsaw which took Liverpool from the wilderness of Division Two to the heights of the English game.

Within 12 months of his arrival the Reds were back in the topflight, with their new striker firing more than 20 goals.

It was a feat he repeated in the next two seasons as one of the club's all-time great strike partnerships flourished: St John and Roger Hunt.

As the Scot's career developed, he dropped deeper in order to orchestrate Liverpool's attack.

His golden moment is without doubt scoring the winner in the 1965 FA Cup final – the Reds' first success in the competition.