Ian James Rush, is a Welsh former professional footballer who played as a forward. At club level Rush played for Liverpool from 1980–1987 and 1988–1996, he is the club's all-time leading goalscorer, having scored a total of 346 goals in all competitions at the club, including a record 25 goals versus Merseyside derby rival Everton. At international level, Rush made 73 appearances for the Wales national football team and remained the record goalscorer for his country until 2018, with 28 goals between 1980 and 1996. Regarded as one of the greatest Liverpool players, Rush came 3rd in the 100 Players Who Shook The Kop – an official Liverpool fan poll, he had short spells with Chester City, Leeds United, Newcastle United, Sheffield United and Sydney Olympic. Since retiring as a player in 2000, Rush has had a stint as manager of Chester City, has worked as a television football pundit. Born in St Asaph, Rush's reputation was enhanced by scoring for Chester City in a shock 2–0 FA Cup third round win at Second Division giants Newcastle United in January 1980, with Chester City equalling their best run by reaching the last 16 where they narrowly lost to Ipswich Town.
His last game for Chester City was a 2–1 win over Southend United at Sealand Road on 26 April 1980 in which he did not score. Despite interest from Manchester City, in spite of Rush being a boyhood Everton fan, Liverpool won the race to sign the 18-year-old in April 1980, though he had to remain at Chester until the end of the season as the transfer deadline had passed. Recommended by chief scout Geoff Twentyman, Liverpool paid a record fee for a teenager of £300,000, it remained Chester City's record sale until they went bankrupt in March 2010. Rush was managed throughout his time at Chester by Alan Oakes, although much of the credit for his development is given to youth manager Cliff Sear. Nearly 20 years Rush and Sear worked together on the coaching staff at Wrexham. Rush made his international début, in May 1980, just before he became a Liverpool player, his Reds début came on 13 December that year in a First Division fixture at Portman Road against Ipswich Town. He was standing in for his future strike-partner, Kenny Dalglish, wore his No 7 shirt.
At this stage, Liverpool were defending the league title and the League Cup, contending for the European Cup, while Ipswich were emerging as surprise title contenders. Liverpool finished fifth; the young Rush during his first season at Liverpool played reserve team football rather than being thrown into the first team. His first goal for the club took time to arrive, but it came on 30 September 1981 during a European Cup first round second leg tie at Anfield against Oulun Palloseura. Liverpool had won the first leg at the Raatti Stadium 1–0; the second leg they won 7–0 with Rush scoring in the 67th minute after coming on three minutes earlier for David Johnson. His first two league goals came on 10 October 1981 in a 3–0 home win over Leeds United, a month he scored in the Merseyside derby at Anfield in a 3–1 win. After Christmas however and Liverpool moved from tenth up to the top of the league, he scored a hat-trick in the 4–0 away league win over Notts County on 26 January 1982, was on the scoresheet in both of the next two games.
He managed a total of eight goals in the League Cup and three of them in the FA Cup campaign which ended in a fifth round defeat by Chelsea. He ended the season as the club's top scorer, netting 30 times in 49 appearances in all competitions, a ratio of 1 goal every 1.6 games. 17 of these goals came in the League as he helped Liverpool reclaim the League championship from Aston Villa. He scored a goal to help Liverpool win the 1982 Football League Cup Final against Tottenham Hotspur, he was voted PFA Young Player of the Year in 1983 after helping Liverpool to a second successive First Division/League Cup double, though once again success eluded them in the European Cup. He scored 24 League goals. On 6 November 1982 Rush scored four goals against Everton in a 5–0 victory, a post-war record for goals by a single player in a Merseyside derby. Liverpool's third successive League Cup triumph in this was added through a 2–1 win over Manchester United after extra time at Wembley, he was voted PFA Player of the Year and BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year in 1984 as Liverpool retained both the League and the League Cup and won the European Cup to complete a unique treble that season.
Rush added the Football Writers Footballer of the Year to the PFA award he had claimed – the same feat that his strike partner Kenny Dalglish had achieved a year earlier. He scored 47 goals in 65 games, a goal every 1.4 matches, as Liverpool finished three points clear of closest rivals Southampton in the League. They beat derby rivals Everton 1–0 in the replayed final of the League Cup, they won their fourth European Cup by defeating AS Roma 4–2 on penalties following a 1–1 draw after extra time. The 1984–85 season was Liverpool's first trophyless season in ten years, though they did reach their fifth European Cup final against Juventus in the game of the Heysel Stadium disaster. Before the match kicked off rioting football hooligans caused a
Arsenal Stadium was a football stadium in Highbury, North London, the home of Arsenal Football Club between 6 September 1913 and 7 May 2006. It was popularly known as "Highbury" due to its location and was given the affectionate nickname of the "Home of Football" by the club, it was built in 1913 on the site of a local college's recreation ground and was redeveloped twice. The first reconstruction came in the 1930s from which the Art Deco West Stands date. There was a second development. However, further attempts to expand the stadium were blocked by the community, the resulting reduction in capacity and matchday revenue led to Arsenal opting to build a new stadium, to become known as the Emirates Stadium in nearby Islington. After the club moved to their new stadium upon the conclusion of the 2005–2006 season, Highbury was redeveloped as a residential development known as Highbury Square, with the Clock End and North Bank stands being demolished; the stadium hosted international matches – both for England and in the 1948 Summer Olympics – and FA Cup semi-finals, as well as boxing and cricket matches.
Its presence led to the local London Underground station being renamed to Arsenal in 1932, making it the only station on the Underground network to be named after a football club. In addition to its architecture, the stadium was known for its small but immaculate pitch and for the clock, positioned in the southern side of the ground since its introduction in 1930; the original stadium was built in 1913, when Woolwich Arsenal moved from the Manor Ground in Plumstead, South East London to Highbury, leasing the recreation fields of St John's College of Divinity for £20,000. The lease negotiation agreed that no matches were to be played on "holy days" and that no "intoxicating liquor" would be sold at the stadium; the stadium was hurriedly built over the summer of that year, was designed by Archibald Leitch, architect of many other football grounds of that era. It featured a single stand on the other three sides had banked terracing; the new stadium cost £125,000. It opened whilst not complete, with Arsenal's first match of the 1913–14 season, a 2–1 Second Division win against Leicester Fosse on 6 September 1913.
Leicester's Tommy Benfield scored the first goal at the new ground while George Jobey was the first Arsenal player to do so. Highbury hosted its first England match in 1920; the Australian rugby league team suffered the first loss of their 1921–22 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain at Highbury to an English side 4 points to 5 before 12,000 spectators. Arsenal bought the stadium site outright in 1925, for £64,000. No significant portion of Leitch's original stadium remains today following a series of bold redevelopments during the 1930s; the idea was to create a ground for London that could capture the grandeur of Villa Park, home of Birmingham club Aston Villa. The Highbury project was ambitious in its scale and reach, the first stand completed being the West Stand, designed by Claude Waterlow Ferrier and William Binnie in the Art Deco style which opened in 1932. On 5 November the same year the local Tube station was renamed from Gillespie Road to Arsenal. Leitch's main stand was demolished to make way for a new East Stand, matching the West, in 1936.
The West Stand cost £45,000 while the East Stand went far over budget and ended up costing £130,000 thanks to the expense of the facade. The North Bank terrace was given a roof and the southern terrace had a clock fitted to its front, giving it the name the Clock End. During the 1948 Summer Olympics, the stadium hosted. For the next 50 years, the stadium changed little, although during the Second World War the North Bank terrace was bombed and had to be rebuilt. Floodlights were fitted in 1951, with the first floodlit match being a friendly against Hapoel Tel Aviv on 19 September of that year; the floodlights that adorn Dalymount Park, once stood at the Arsenal stadium. They were shipped to Dublin in 1962; the inaugural floodlit match saw Arsenal beat Bohemians 3–8. Undersoil heating was added in 1964. Unlike at many other grounds, Arsenal refused to install perimeter fencing at the height of hooliganism in the 1980s, which made it ineligible for use as an FA Cup semi-final venue. Before the Taylor report and the era of all-seater stadiums in Britain, both the North Bank and Clock End consisted of terracing, the stadium saw crowds of up to 60,000 or more.
When the ground was constructed, it was to "accommodate 90,000 spectators". The Clock End was redeveloped in 1988–89 with the addition of a roof and 48 executive boxes, while seating was fitted into the remaining standing area in 1993. In the early 1990s, the Taylor report on the Hillsborough disaster was published, which recommended that football stadia become all-seater; the North Bank, which had become home of Arsenal's most passionate supporters, was demolished at the end of the 1991–92 season. During redevelopment, a giant mural of fans was placed behind the goal at that end, to give the illusion that the players were kicking towards a crowd rather than a construction site; the mur
Clayton Graham Blackmore is a Welsh former international footballer. He was a combative player known for his attacking free kicks and a utility player who excelled in defence, but could play well in midfield. Blackmore began his professional career at Manchester United in 1982, having progressed through the club's youth ranks. After twelve years and 186 league appearances, he switched to Middlesbrough on a free transfer, made 53 league appearances in five years, whilst having a brief loan spell at Bristol City in 1996. Having left Middlesbrough in 1999, he had short spells at Barnsley, Notts County and Leigh RMI over the next couple of seasons, before a much longer stint at Bangor City commenced in 2000, he left Bangor City in 2006, having made 176 league appearances for the club, after spending a season with Porthmadog, switched to Neath Athletic in 2007, where he made a further 22 league appearances before retiring in 2010. Internationally, Blackmore won 39 caps for Wales between 1985 and 1997.
He joined Manchester United as an associated schoolboy at the age of 14, was an FA Youth Cup finalist in 1982. He was given his debut for United on 16 May 1984 by manager Ron Atkinson, in their 2–0 league defeat against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground, he made a solitary league appearance the following season, although in 1985–86 he scored three goals in 12 league games, but he did not get a serious run in the side until the 1987–88 season, by which time Alex Ferguson was United's manager, when he played 22 league games and scored three goals. 1988–89 saw Blackmore enjoy more first team opportunities as he played 28 times in the league. He made 35 League appearances for United in 1990–91, 33 in 1991–92. In 1991, he won a European Cup Winners' Cup medal with United, in 1990 he won the FA Cup with them, he was United's regular left-back in the 1990–91 season, but when Paul Parker signed in the close season, Denis Irwin was switched to left-back and Blackmore returned to his familiar pattern of alternating between different positions, although he did enjoy a good run at right-back when Parker was injured.
Blackmore collected an FA Premier League title medal in 1992–93, although he was no longer a regular player at the club coming on a substitute or standing in as a full-back or on the flanks on the few occasions he did start a game. A succession of injuries meant that he was unable to play in the 1993–94 season, competition throughout the team was growing. In the days of 1–11 numbering of shirts, Blackmore's versatility meant that he wore every shirt number from 2 to 11, as well as some of the shirt numbers from 12 to 16 as a substitute, he was assigned with the number 15 when squad numbers were introduced by the FA Premier League for the 1993–94 season, but did not play any first team games that season. He joined Middlesbrough on a free transfer for the 1994–95 season after spending more than a decade at Old Trafford, he was signed by newly appointed player-manager Bryan Robson, who had just headed to Teesside from United. He helped them win promotion to the Premier League as Division One champions in his first season on Teesside, playing in 30 League games and scoring two goals.
He appeared in Middlesbrough's 1997 FA Cup Final defeat by Chelsea. Whilst at Boro he had a loan spell with Bristol City, he had brief spells with Barnsley and at Notts County. He moved into non-league football with Leigh RMI and Bangor City, he won 39 caps for Wales. He made his senior debut for the national side on 26 February 1985, in a 1–1 friendly draw with Norway, his final appearance for the Welsh side came on 29 March 1997. Manchester United Premier League: 1992–93 FA Cup: 1989–90 FA Charity Shield: 1990 European Cup Winners' Cup: 1990–91 European Super Cup: 1991Middlesbrough Football League First Division: 1994–95Leigh RMI Peter Swales Challenge Shield: 1999–2000Individual Welsh Premier League Team of the Year: 2004–05 Wales stats at 11v11
Leslie Mark Hughes, OBE is a Welsh football manager and former player, most manager of Premier League club Southampton. During his playing career he was most noted for two spells at Manchester United, but he played for Barcelona and Bayern Munich, as well as the English clubs Chelsea, Southampton and Blackburn Rovers, he made 72 appearances for Wales scoring 16 goals. He retired from playing in 2002, he won a host of winners' medals during his playing career, including two Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and two European Cup Winners' Cups. He collected an FA Cup runners-up medal and a League Cup runners-up medal. Hughes was the first player to win the PFA Players' Player of the Year award twice, in 1989 and 1991, his reign as Wales manager was his first managerial post. He failed to qualify for a World Cup or European Championship during his five years in charge, although his reign coincided with a marked improvement in results. Hughes spent four years in charge of Blackburn, guiding them to sixth place in 2005–06.
He took charge of Manchester City in June 2008 for a year and a half before spending the 2010–11 season at Fulham. He joined Queens Park Rangers in January 2012, helping them retain their Premier League status in 2011–12. Despite some high-profile signings in the summer of 2012, QPR began the 2012–13 season in poor form, Hughes was sacked on 23 November 2012. Hughes was appointed manager of Stoke City on 30 May 2013, he guided the club to three consecutive ninth-place Premier League finishes in 2013–14, 2014–15 and 2015–16. Following a poor start to the 2017–18 season, with the club in the relegation zone heading into the new year, he was dismissed by Stoke on 6 January 2018, hours after an FA Cup third round exit to League Two side Coventry City, he was appointed manager of fellow struggling side Southampton on 14 March 2018, signing a contract until the end of the season, with the Saints sat one point above his former club Stoke in 17th place at the time of his appointment. He guided the club to safety at the end of the 2017–18 season, left the club in December 2018.
Born in Ruabon, Hughes joined Manchester United after leaving school in the summer of 1980, having been spotted by the team's North Wales talent scout Hugh Roberts. However, he did not make his first team debut for three years – scoring in a 1–1 draw away to Oxford United in the League Cup, in the 1983–84 season; when Hughes made his United debut, the club's forward partnership consisted of 27-year-old Irishman Frank Stapleton and 18-year-old Norman Whiteside from Northern Ireland, breaking up that partnership would not be an easy challenge for Hughes. But Hughes broke into the first team, partnering Frank Stapleton in attack while Norman Whiteside was switched to midfield to partner Ray Wilkins and stand in for the injury prone Remi Moses; the departure of Wilkins to Milan at the end of the season saw manager Ron Atkinson decide to stick to using Whiteside in the centre of midfield, enabling Hughes to keep his place in the first team ahead of new signing Alan Brazil, he was rewarded handsomely as he scored 25 goals in 55 matches across all competitions as United achieved an FA Cup final victory over Everton.
They finished fourth in the league. Hughes managed a further 18 goals in the 1985–86 season, where they led until February having won their first ten league matches of the season, before a dismal second half of the season saw them slip into fourth place in the final table; that season saw him score 17 goals in the Football League First Division – it would remain the highest goals tally in a league season throughout his career. In the summer of 1986, Hughes was sold to Barcelona for £2 million. United announced on 21 March 1986 that Hughes would be heading for Spain at the end of the season, but the transfer had been agreed many weeks earlier. Manager Terry Venables signed Hughes at the same time that he signed Gary Lineker from Everton to form a new strike partnership at the Nou Camp, but Hughes was a disappointment in his only season at Barcelona, whereas Lineker did well in three seasons there, he was subsequently loaned out to German club Bayern Munich for the 1987–88 season, where he regained his form.
On 11 November 1987, he played two competitive matches in one day, first for Wales against Czechoslovakia in Prague in a Euro 1988 qualifier, second, after being flown across the border into Germany, appearing as a substitute for Bayern in their second round cup replay over Borussia Mönchengladbach. In May 1988, Hughes returned to Manchester United, managed by Sir Alex Ferguson, for a club record fee of £1.8 million. As he had done in his first spell at Old Trafford, Hughes proved to be a dynamic goalscorer and was a key player for the club over the next seven years. Alex Ferguson had been keen on re-signing Hughes for United soon after becoming manager in November 1986, but Hughes would have had been liable for taxation on money earned playing overseas if he had returned to England before April 1988. In 1988–89, his first season back in England, United disappointed in the league and finished 11th after an erratic season, they had gone ten league matches without a win in the autumn but went on a strong run after the turn of the new year to lift them to third place, only for a late season collapse to drag them down to mid-table.
Hughes was voted PFA Player of the Year, the first Manchester United player to be credited with that award, in its 16th season. He was United's joint top scorer that season, along with B
Aston Villa F.C.
Aston Villa Football Club is a professional football club based in Aston, England. The club competes in the Championship, the second tier of the English football league system. Founded in 1874, they have played at their current home ground, Villa Park, since 1897. Aston Villa were one of the founder members of the Football League in 1888 and of the Premier League in 1992. Villa are one of only five English clubs to have won the European Cup, in 1981–82, they have won the Football League First Division seven times, the FA Cup seven times, the League Cup five times, the UEFA Super Cup once. Villa have a fierce local rivalry with Birmingham City and the Second City derby between the teams has been played since 1879; the club's traditional kit colours are claret shirts with sky blue sleeves, white shorts and sky blue socks. Their traditional club badge is of a rampant lion; the club is owned by the NSWE group, a company owned by the Egyptian billionaire Nassef Sawiris and the American billionaire Wes Edens.
Aston Villa Football Club were formed in March 1874, by members of the Villa Cross Wesleyan Chapel in Handsworth, now part of Birmingham. The four founders of Aston Villa were Jack Hughes, Frederick Matthews, Walter Price and William Scattergood. Aston Villa's first match was against the local Aston Brook St Mary's Rugby team; as a condition of the match, the Villa side had to agree to play the first half under Rugby rules and the second half under Association rules. After moving to the Wellington Road ground in 1876, Villa soon established themselves as one of the best teams in the Midlands, winning their first honour, the Birmingham Senior Cup in 1880, under the captaincy of Scotsman George Ramsay; the club won their first FA Cup in 1887 with captain Archie Hunter becoming one of the game's first household names. Aston Villa were one of the dozen teams that competed in the inaugural Football League in 1888 with one of the club's directors, William McGregor being the league's founder. Aston Villa emerged as the most successful English club of the Victorian era, winning no fewer than five League titles and three FA Cups by the end of Queen Victoria's reign.
In 1897, the year Villa won The Double, they moved into the Aston Lower Grounds. Supporters coined the name "Villa Park". Aston Villa won their sixth FA Cup in 1920, soon after though the club began a slow decline that led to Villa, at the time one of the most famous and successful clubs in world football, being relegated in 1936 for the first time to the Second Division; this was the result of a dismal defensive record: they conceded 110 goals in 42 games, 7 of them coming from Arsenal's Ted Drake in an infamous 1–7 defeat at Villa Park. Like all English clubs, Villa lost seven seasons to the Second World War, that conflict brought several careers to a premature end; the team was rebuilt under the guidance of former player Alex Massie for the remainder of the 1940s. Aston Villa's first trophy for 37 years came in the 1956–57 season when another former Villa player, Eric Houghton led the club to a record seventh FA Cup Final win, defeating the'Busby Babes' of Manchester United in the final; the team struggled in the league though and were relegated two seasons due in large part to complacency.
However, under the stewardship of manager Joe Mercer Villa returned to the top-flight in 1960 as Second Division Champions. The following season Aston Villa became the first team to win the Football League Cup. Mercer's forced retirement from the club in 1964 signalled a period of deep turmoil; the most successful club in England was struggling to keep pace with changes in the modern game, with Villa being relegated for the third time, under manager Dick Taylor in 1967. The following season the fans called for the board to resign as Villa finished 16th in the Second Division. With mounting debts and Villa lying at the bottom of Division Two, the board sacked Tommy Cummings, within weeks the entire board resigned under overwhelming pressure from fans. After much speculation, control of the club was bought by London financier Pat Matthews, who brought in Doug Ellis as chairman. However, new ownership could not prevent Villa being relegated to the Third Division for the first time at the end of the 1969–70 season.
However, Villa began to recover under the management of former club captain Vic Crowe. In the 1971–72 season they returned to the Second Division as Champions with a record 70 points. In 1974, Ron Saunders was appointed manager, his brand of no-nonsense man-management proved effective, with the club winning the League Cup the following season and, at the end of season 1974–75, he had taken them back into the First Division and into Europe. Villa were back among the elite; this culminated in a seventh top-flight league title in 1980–81. To the surprise of commentators and fans, Saunders quit halfway through the 1981–82 season, after falling out with the chairman, with Villa in the quarter final of the European Cup, he was replaced by his softly-spoken assistant manager Tony Barton who guided the club to a 1–0 victory over Bayern Munich in the European Cup final in Rotterdam courtesy of a Peter Withe goal. The following season Villa were crowned European Super Cup winners; this marked a pinnacle though and Villa's fortunes declined for most of the 1980s, culminating in relegation in 1987.
This was followed by promotion the following year under Graham Taylor and a runners-up position in the First Division in the 1989–90 season. Villa were one of the founding members of the Premier League in 1992
Jan Mølby is a Danish former professional footballer, manager. As a player, he was a midfielder from 1982 to 1998, he notably spent twelve years playing in England with Liverpool. After starting his career with Kolding, he moved on to Ajax before spending more than a decade at Liverpool, he was capped 33 times by Denmark, scoring twice. After leaving Liverpool he became player-manager of Swansea City, where he spent two years, managed Kidderminster Harriers, guiding them to promotion to the Football League in 2000, he had a brief spell as manager of Hull City and a brief spell back in charge of Kidderminster Harriers. Born in Kolding, Mølby started his senior playing career at the biggest football club of his hometown of Kolding, where he became team captain at the age of 19, before joining AFC Ajax, where he won the Dutch Championship in 1983. Liverpool manager Joe Fagan invited Mølby to have a 10-day trial and signed him on 22 August 1984, he made his debut three days on the 25th in the 3–3 league draw with Norwich City at Carrow Road.
His first goal for Liverpool came on 1 December 1984 in the 3–1 league defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. He failed to shine for Liverpool in his first season as the team endured a comparatively poor season, failing to win a major trophy for the first time since 1975. In 1985–86, new player-manager Kenny Dalglish put faith in Mølby, installing him as a regular in the first team. On a number of occasions, Mølby began matches as a third central defender or deep-lying sweeper, before moving into midfield alongside Steve McMahon with devastating effect, as the match wore on, he scored 21 goals in 1985 -- 86 from midfield in. The season culminated in a man of the match performance in the first-ever all Merseyside FA Cup final. Having lost the league title to Liverpool a week earlier, derby rivals Everton were looking for revenge and took a 1–0 lead into the half-time break, courtesy of a Gary Lineker strike. After the break Liverpool, led by Mølby, began to make inroads into the Blues' defence.
In the 57th minute he set up the equaliser for Ian Rush and followed that up six minutes by setting up Craig Johnston to take the lead. Mølby was involved in the third goal, when Rush latched on to a chipped pass from Ronnie Whelan to put the final out of Everton's reach and complete the double. Mølby began to establish himself as a regular and successful penalty taker around this time, starting with two penalties converted at home to Tottenham Hotspur in the league on 28 September 1985. Other fine performances included a brace in open play in a 3–0 home win over Aston Villa in the league on 7 December, two goals as they eliminated Manchester United from the Football League Cup in a 2–1 win at Anfield in late November, he remained a regular in the team in 1986 -- 87. During their Littlewoods Cup run, which ended with a 1–2 defeat at Wembley against Arsenal, he scored a hat-trick of penalties in a 4th round replay at Anfield against Coventry City. Mølby scored another penalty against Coventry in a league match at Anfield the following Saturday.
During pre-season training in the summer of 1987, Mølby suffered a foot injury, which turned out to be a crucial turning point in his career. He missed the first three months of the 1987–88 season, with the arrival of John Barnes to play on the left wing, Mølby's place in central midfield was taken by Ronnie Whelan. Whelan's partnership with McMahon proved a great success and, although Whelan was himself injured in the season, Mølby's return to fitness came too late to resume his place in midfield, which went to Nigel Spackman for the rest of the season, he was never again an automatic choice in midfield under Dalglish as Whelan & McMahon became the first choice partnership. In 1988–89, Mølby returned to regular first team football, playing in central defence in the absence of the injured Alan Hansen, scoring the winning goal against Manchester United at Anfield in the second league game of the season. However, in October 1988 he was sentenced to three months' imprisonment for reckless driving following an incident earlier in the year.
The club decided to stand by him, he returned to the first team in January 1989 in Hansen's continued absence, but suffered another injury in March which kept him out for the rest of the season. In April 1989, Mølby, along with his teammates, rallied round the bereaved families of the Hillsborough disaster attending a number of the funerals. In the following season, 1989–90, Mølby was a frustrated figure, unable to command a first team place despite impressing during his occasional appearances, he started only 12 of 38 league games, although he enjoyed a successful return to the team in the championship run-in, deputising for the injured Whelan. The following season threatened more of the same for Mølby. In September 1990, before an away league match against Everton, Radio 5 Live commentator Mike Ingham remarked that "Mølby's still only a substitute though he'd walk into any other first division team"; that season, after Liverpool had knocked Brighton out of the FA Cup, Brighton manager Barry Lloyd expressed bemusement in a BBC post-match interview, that Mølby was not being selected regularly.
Mølby was close to signing for F. C. Barcelona in November 1990, after a fee had been agreed of £1.6 million and he had agreed a four-year contract. When he scored a penalty in a 4–0 home win over Luton Town it was expected to be his farewell to the Liverpool fans. However, this was followed by a breakdown in negotiations and he remained at Anfield, an
Barry Venison is an English former professional footballer and sports television pundit, who as a player was a defender from 1981 to 1997. He notably played for Liverpool and Newcastle United, having appeared for Galatasaray and Southampton, he was capped twice by England. In 2016, he was given his first head coaching role at Orange County Blues. Venison was born in County Durham, he played for England at youth and under-21 level in his early days. He started his club career in his native North East with Sunderland and set a record when he became the youngest captain at a Wembley cup final when, aged 20 years and 220 days, he skippered Sunderland against Norwich City in the 1985 League Cup final in place of the suspended Shaun Elliott. For both Venison and Sunderland they lost 1–0. Venison had made his debut for the Black Cats, aged just 17, on 10 October 1981 in the 2–0 league defeat to Notts County at Meadow Lane, he went on to play in 20 league games. The steady and reliable right full-back settled into first team football well at Roker Park and became a firm favourite in 1983–84, when he missed just one league game.
At the end of the 1984–85 season, the same season in which they had reached the League Cup final, Sunderland were relegated to the Second Division. After Sunderland's failure to win promotion in 1985–86, Venison asked for a transfer as his Sunderland contract neared expiry in 1986, so he wrote to every club in English football's top division to ask if they were interested in him. By the end of the 1985–86 season he had made a total of 205 appearances for the Wearsiders, he had managed two goals. It was Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish who duly offered him a deal; the recent Double winners paid Sunderland £200,000 for Venison's services on 31 July 1986, with a view to him becoming a long term successor to the ageing right-back Mark Lawrenson. Venison made his Liverpool debut on 16 August 1986 in the traditional curtain raiser at Wembley, the Charity Shield, Liverpool faced derby rivals Everton, who had lost out to the Reds in both the previous season's League and FA Cup campaigns; the usual high tempo game ended in a 1–1 draw with both clubs sharing the shield.
He featured in 33 out of 42 league games that season. Venison was a League Cup final loser again in his first season at Anfield, when Liverpool were defeated by Arsenal in the 1987 final, he was denied the chance of league title glory as the Reds were beaten into second place in the league by their neighbours Everton. He played 18 times for Liverpool when they secured League championship in 1988, losing just two out of 40 league games; the emergence of fellow young defender Gary Ablett forced Dalglish into reshaping his defence and Venison was the player who lost his place in the team as a result. He was hampered by injury and was unavailable for that season's FA Cup final, which Liverpool unexpectedly lost to Wimbledon; the next season would see Venison's first goal for the club, it came on 29 August 1988 in the 4–1 thrashing of Nottingham Forest in the quarter finals of the Centenary trophy. Venison featured in more games but with fewer starts named as one of the two permitted substitutes. Venison, along with his teammates, rallied round the bereaved families of the Hillsborough disaster in April 1989, attending a number of the funerals, he played his role as Liverpool reached the final of the FA Cup again.
Dalglish brought him on as an extra-time substitute as Liverpool defeated Merseyside rivals Everton 3–2. They lost the League title in a decider against Arsenal at Anfield after Michael Thomas scored the winner with the last kick of the whole season. Venison was on the bench again.1990 saw Venison play 25 times in the league and earn another championship medal as Liverpool secured their 18th top division title. The following campaign was a non-event for Venison as he only managed a total of 14 appearances in all competitions, this did include another Wembley appearance as the Reds faced bitter rivals Manchester United in the Charity Shield, the Reds had to share the trophy as they drew 1–1 with their North West rivals. Venison scored what would be his only league goal for the Reds on 31 March 1992, netting the side's final goal in a 4–0 win over Notts County, he played 13 times in the league that season, as Liverpool finished sixth – the first time since 1981 that they had not been league champions or runners-up.
They did win the FA Cup by defeating Venison's old club Sunderland 2–0 at Wembley. However, he was not included in the squad, with Liverpool now managed by Graeme Souness, who had succeeded Dalglish a year earlier, it appeared that Venison's future now lay away from Anfield after the form of new signing Rob Jones at right-back. On 31 July 1992 six years after joining Liverpool, he departed from Merseyside and returned to the North East to play for Sunderland's rivals Newcastle United, who were preparing for a promotion push in the new Division One under the management of former Liverpool, Newcastle United and England striker Kevin Keegan. Venison made his debut of the Magpies on 15 August 1992 in the 3–2 league win over Southend United at St James' Park, Venison enjoyed a tremendous beginning to his Newcastle career as they won their first eleven league games in a row, leaving them runaway leaders of Division One and looking uncatchable in the promotion race by October; the run came to an end.