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Former Liverpool star Alan A'Court dies

Alan A'Court
A'Court was part of the 1958 World Cup squad

Former Liverpool, Tranmere and England winger Alan A'Court has died at the age of 75.

A'Court made 381 Liverpool appearances and scored 63 goals in an 11-year spell at Anfield after signing in 1952.

He had the distinction of scoring the Reds' first competitive goal under Bill Shankly, who began his tenure as Liverpool boss 50 years ago this week.

"It's extremely sad news and everyone at the club is deeply saddened," said former Liverpool midfielder Brian Hall.

He added: "We knew he had not been well, but we did not realise how serious it was. He was a terrific footballer and a lovely guy.


"It is a real shock because I only saw him three or four months ago. Everyone at the club would like to pass on their sympathies to his family at this sad time."

A'Court won five England caps and a place in the England squad at the 1958 World Cup despite Liverpool being in the Second Division at the time.

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