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Great Grobbelaar rekindles memories

He forms the great Liverpool team that shook the footballing world in the 1980s with remarkable skill and talent. Among the first African players to grace the famous English football and also, the first African to lift the famous FA Cup and European Cup.

He did it alongside some of the best players to have graced the sport in a team that included Ian Rush, Steve Nichols, Ian Lawrenson, Ray Houghton, Kenny Dalglish among others who have done duty for the legendary North England team.

Still, he remains one of the most successful goalkeepers in the English national game, winning the European Cup three times, three first division (precursor to the current English Premier League), three FA cups and three League cups.

South African-born Bruce Grobbelaar still retains the allure, humour and confidence that saw him charm the football world and his players and in particular Anfield, the football heritage that draws so much inspiration from its current and old players.

“My time at Liverppol was the best part of my football career and by large my life. I played my best football there, became what I am today thrugh a sense of discipline that the managers and the staff at the club offers for young players and I am not an exception,” said that 61-year-old football who was touring the country for the Standard Chartered Road to Anfield tournament.

The is best remembered for the wobbly-legged penalty heroics which brought Liverpool the 1984 European Cup, he went on to play in 626 for the Reds after forgettable debut, losing 0-1 to Wolves in 1981, in a glittering 14-year career in which he established himself as one of the Reds’ greatest ever custodians. “I came from a small club.

Crewe was a small club and it was to be an honour after Bob Paisley signed me from Vancouver Whitecaps in March 1981. Within the space of a few months, he faced the unenviable task of stepping into the Ray Clemence’s shoes after the former first choice keeper departed for Spurs,” says the jovial player.

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