Very sorry to hear Gerry Byrne had died aged 77.  He will always be remembered as the player who broke his collarbone early in the 1965 Cup Final but played on for the remaining 113 minutes and provided the cross for Roger Hunt’s opening goal.  Daniel Sturridge take note!  He was nicknamed “The Crunch” but this was out of respect for his hard but fair tackling (he was never a dirty player) his speciality being the slide tackle.  He played both right back and left back and was comfortable with both feet although a natural right footer.  He was neat and tidy in possession but was rarely a goal threat, scoring only 4 times in over 300 games.  As a defensive full back however I have yet to see anyone better in a red shirt and probably only Alan Kennedy and Steve Nicol came near to his standard.  A sad loss but for us oldies his memory lives on.


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Thanks for the info on Gerry huytonian, a bit before my time so i didnt know much about him. R.I.P Gerry Byrne.


I was just read this unfortunate news. He was a Top Top Player during his time with us. R.I.P. Gerry Byrne.