Three time European Cup winner Jimmy Case did not have a conventional introduction to professional football. Rejected by Liverpool scout Tom Saunders at the age of 14, he dropped into non-league football, only to be scouted again by Saunders and signed at the age of Jimmy, what changed between your rejection at 14 and your recruitment at 17? I was only a small guy at the age of 14, but I went away and worked on myself, I did bodybuilding. I just had to grow a bit. When I was 17, my stature was better. You see, in the schoolboys, they only took the big, rough and ready lads. I was bitterly disappointed, but when I started playing in the local leagues, when I went to play for South Liverpool, I was playing in the physical presence of men. It was like Raheem Sterling when he first started.
Hard Case: The Autobiography of Jimmy Case
He had a glittering 6-year-career at Liverpool but started in humble surroundings. I ended up finishing my career playing at Brighton and I was 41 and a half, and I left Liverpool when I was 27 or I think it was just that - without being controversial - you get in a few scrapes, you're breathalysed and you're caught fighting in a hotel in Wales like me and Ray Kennedy were, and the club didn't look upon that too kindly.
A tough tackling midfielder who took no prisoners Kop idol Jimmy Case was also renowned for his ferocious shooting ability, scoring more than a fair amount of goals in his career. He arrived at Anfield after playing for the Merseyside club South Liverpool and was an instant success when he made his league debut at Anfield as a 20 year old on the final day of the season against Queen's Park Rangers, a fixture the Reds won Case also scored important goals in the quarter-final and the final of that competition and added a European winners' medal to the championship medal already secured at the end of his first full season as a first-teamer. Although still only 22 when the season began, Jimmy had already built a reputation for himself as a tough-tackling, hard-working midfielder who packed a venomous shot.
James Robert Case born 18 May is an English retired footballer who played as a midfielder. Known for having one of the hardest shots in the British game, he shot to fame with the powerful Liverpool side of the s and early s. Case was brought up in Allerton and was a distant neighbour of musician Paul McCartney on the council estate which had been built in the interwar years. He was a keen member of the local scouts. As a young teenager he was quite small for his age. Although small in stature, Case graduated through the schools' teams and then joined a tough dockers' side, Blue Union. The physical nature of these early games would affect the rest of his football career. Upon leaving school, Case served an apprenticeship as an electrician and continued with this even after signing for Liverpool and playing in their reserves.