Liverpool legend comes to Morecambe

Robin Clague who donated a framed copy of L'Equipe from the day after Liverpool's 1981 European Cup win in Paris with Bob Tyers from Plastech who paid �500 for it and Phil Thompson who captained Liverpool in that match. PHOTO by DEREK QUINN.
Robin Clague who donated a framed copy of L'Equipe from the day after Liverpool's 1981 European Cup win in Paris with Bob Tyers from Plastech who paid �500 for it and Phil Thompson who captained Liverpool in that match. PHOTO by DEREK QUINN.
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“SIT down Pinocchio! Sit down Pinocchio!”

The chants Phil Thompson always used to hear from mocking away fans echoed through the Trimpell Club.

But the former Liverpool and England captain, known as Pinocchio to rival supporters throughout his playing and coaching career because of his large nose, welcomed the chants – even playfully conducting the culprits as part of the banter at Friday night’s Sportsmen’s Dinner.

If the legendary defender, former Liverpool assistant manager and current Sky Sports pundit has a complex about his conk, he certainly didn’t show it!

Thompson, 57, instead displayed a wicked sense of humour throughout the whole night.

After the hot pot dinner, he spoke for 40 minutes and his anecdotes about his footballing peers Bob Paisley, Bill Shankly, Emlyn Hughes, Paul Merson, Graeme Souness and Stevie Nicol had the crowd in stitches.

See The Visitor (13-07-11) for full story.