Former Liverpool captain Tommy Smith dies aged 74

Four-time league winner and Liverpool captain Tommy Smith died at the age of 74.

Tommy Smith in action for Liverpool in 1970.   -  Getty Images

Tommy Smith, nicknamed the 'Anfield Iron' by supporters, has died aged 74, Liverpool confirmed.

Smith, a former captain of the club, won four league titles during his 18 years with the Reds, for which he made 638 appearances.

He was a key part of the side when Bill Shankly led Liverpool to its first FA Cup triumph in 1965 and 12 years later was on the scoresheet as it won its maiden European Cup by beating Borussia Monchengladbach.

"Tommy is survived by [daughter] Janette, son Darren and four grandchildren, Matthew, William, Jessica and Imogen," Liverpool said in a statement.

"The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool Football Club are with Tommy's family and many friends."

Smith, a fearsome defender, scored 48 goals and won nine major trophies with Liverpool.

He had two stints in the United States, with Tampa Bay Rowdies and Los Angeles Aztecs, and retired in 1979 after a spell with Swansea City.

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