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Jimmy Case
« on: March 15, 2013, 03:29:39 pm »
I was talking to Jimmy's daughter last week - she's a talented photographer.  Anyway, she tweeted last night about her Dad's new book and I said I'd post it here.

Unbound is a new way to help authors get their books published.  'Supporters' contribute towards getting the book published and in return get a number of goodies.  The donations are far from extortionate and everyone who contributes gets their name printed in the book's credits. 

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£10 gets you the ebook
£20 gets you a first edition hard back
£50 gets you a signed, dedicated hard back

http://unbound.co.uk/books/hard-case

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Hard Case is the autobiography of Jimmy Case, who won three European Cups, four Football League titles, two European Super Cups, a League Cup, and the UEFA Cup during his eight-year career at Liverpool FC. He then went on to play for Brighton FC, before becoming club captain of Southampton FC.

Written with the same no-nonsense, crunching honesty that Jimmy applied to the beautiful game, this book tells the story of Jimmy’s life on the pitch, in the changing room and propping up quite a few bars across Europe during one of the most trophy-laden careers of any English footballer.

Jimmy is brutally honest in his assessment of some of the players he played with and faced on the pitch, but it’s the candid humour and stories about both them and himself that make this autobiography such a hilarious and nostalgic read.

Apologies if this is in the wrong forum!



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Re: Jimmy Case's book
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2013, 01:45:20 pm »
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Re: Jimmy Case's book
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2013, 03:16:55 pm »
all in on this one , loved jimmy case , met him on 1 occasion , seemed a decent fella , also loved the story he told about european cups/england caps to the other ex players when he was doing a legend tour in the carribean ?

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Re: Jimmy Case's book
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2013, 04:45:58 pm »
Just gone for the hardback version, met Jimmy in a legends tour and then he was in the gents later on, (no wisecracks please) it was around the time Tevez was playing up at City and we discussed what Shanks would have done with him, it did involve some pain for Tevez.
 Given my age against the rest of the tour group  Jimmy seemed keen to chat about the old days with me and very glad i was to listen to him.

Decent lad i hope the book does well.
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Re: Jimmy Case's book
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2013, 08:19:42 pm »
Loved Jimmy "hard" Case,  feckin nails!!! COMMIMENT!!!!!!!

As a kid I always wondered who would win, Jimmy Case or Tommy Smith (well I was about 6 or 7!!!)  ;D
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Re: Jimmy Case's book
« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2013, 08:40:34 pm »
Thanks for posting this, went for the hard back version

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Re: Jimmy Case's book
« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2013, 08:46:14 pm »
Must read for those who remember Jimmy in his playing days. Hope he does a book signing.

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Re: Jimmy Case's book
« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2013, 09:00:01 pm »
I used to go and watch him train at Melwood when I was very young. Top fella and Liverpool legend.

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Re: Jimmy Case's book
« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2013, 11:26:27 am »
I'm going for the hardback myself.

I'm too young to remember him playing for us but I do vaguely remember him playing for Southampton against us around 89 or 90. I think we lost 4-1 and Le Tissier scored twice.  Maybe someone could tell me if my memory is right on this?  I was only 9 or so and my Dad was telling me how Jimmy played for liverpool before I was born.

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Re: Jimmy Case's book
« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2013, 04:14:25 pm »
Met Jimmy in The Flat Iron after some game last season, down to earth, decent bloke. Wasn't put out to chat about all kinds of stuff.

Gladly signed some of my Hillsborough books for me as well.

Some books by ex players I wouldn't be interested in, but deffo be getting this. Great pundit on local radio as well, far better than Aldridge in my opinion.
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Re: Jimmy Case's book
« Reply #10 on: March 19, 2013, 05:05:17 pm »
Done and bumped.

Great player for us - my old man used to point him out as a bit of a role model at the time for getting past the drawbacks of having a disability (a lot of deaf & hard of hearing in our family) - different times and all that. But what a player - and has the medal collection to go with it.

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Re: Jimmy Case's book
« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2013, 02:36:27 pm »
Never got a look in for England, when at the time he was one of the best Midfielders around. Id cut my left bollock off for him in our team today.
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« Reply #12 on: March 20, 2013, 07:37:16 pm »
Yeah I went for the hardback too. Loved Jimmy, proper hard as nails player.

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Re: Jimmy Case's book
« Reply #13 on: March 21, 2013, 08:54:16 pm »
We could do with him today alright, you never see his goal from the 77 cup final on tv but I reckon it was one of the best final goals ever but forgotten cos we lost and then Rome a few days later

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Re: Jimmy Case's book
« Reply #14 on: March 21, 2013, 09:08:33 pm »
Met Jimmy in The Flat Iron after some game last season, down to earth, decent bloke. Wasn't put out to chat about all kinds of stuff.

Gladly signed some of my Hillsborough books for me as well.

Some books by ex players I wouldn't be interested in, but deffo be getting this. Great pundit on local radio as well, far better than Aldridge in my opinion.

That's what fucks me off about some of these blokes, once they've made it they start drinking in up-market pubs and stuff. Didn't expect it from Jimmy. >:(

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Re: Jimmy Case's book
« Reply #15 on: March 22, 2013, 05:45:44 am »
That's what fucks me off about some of these blokes, once they've made it they start drinking in up-market pubs and stuff. Didn't expect it from Jimmy. >:(

another upmarket establishment, St. Marks Club, Halewood. I'm sure Jimmy enjoyed his Guinness with Father Colbert after the awards and that. in 1980 We had the great Alan Dwyer (Wrexham) and Steve McMahon the year after. Happy days




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Re: Jimmy Case's book
« Reply #16 on: March 24, 2013, 09:11:31 am »
To think we sold him when he was 26. If it was now, there is no way they'd have sold a top drawer player at that age (because of a fracas in a pub and having an adequate player to step into his position) what with the 'squad system and the fact we're not a great team.
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Re: Jimmy Case's book
« Reply #17 on: March 24, 2013, 06:36:44 pm »
Jimmy's equaliser in '77 was the first time I remember going absolutely jumping mad for a Liverpool goal. Looking forward to reading this.

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Re: Jimmy Case's book
« Reply #18 on: March 24, 2013, 11:38:38 pm »
Didn't even realise Jimmy had hearing problems until his daughter told me. Its great that he overcame his disability to have such a great career.

Incidentally, I tweeted him this thread and he seemed very grateful for the support from everyone.  Well done :scarf

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Re: Jimmy Case's book
« Reply #19 on: March 25, 2013, 01:10:54 am »
Met Jimmy in The Flat Iron after some game last season, down to earth, decent bloke. Wasn't put out to chat about all kinds of stuff.



A little off topic, but the 'flat Iron' was my favourite pre match watering hole, back in the day.

Does jimmy still live in these parts or was he visiting?

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« Reply #20 on: March 25, 2013, 03:01:15 pm »
A little off topic, but the 'flat Iron' was my favourite pre match watering hole, back in the day.

Does jimmy still live in these parts or was he visiting?

Not sure where he lives now, but he is a regular co commentator on local radio, he'd just finished doing a match when he came into the pub.

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Re: Jimmy Case's book
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A few videos and info on Jimmy Case...






Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Case

LFCHistory.net player profile page: www.lfchistory.net/Players/Player/Profile/278

LiverpoolFC.com player profile page: www.liverpoolfc.com/history/past-players/jimmy-case











'Liverpool Legend - Jimmy Case: 100 Players That Shook The Kop':-

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/zOnsEqCfCBU" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="bbc_link bbc_flash_disabled new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/zOnsEqCfCBU</a>



'Jimmy Case - Tribute to a Legend - in the 1990s':-

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/HQp03urhxM0" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="bbc_link bbc_flash_disabled new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/HQp03urhxM0</a>



'Football Greats - Ft. Jimmy Case':-

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/ZDfOpgNwkt8" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="bbc_link bbc_flash_disabled new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/ZDfOpgNwkt8</a>



'JIMMY CASE AUTOBIOGRAPHY: HARD CASE':-

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/2VS-d6kqCB4/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="bbc_link bbc_flash_disabled new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/2VS-d6kqCB4/</a>



'Jimmy Case: Hard Man Of Football - Radio Solent interview Oct 2014':-

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/e8TcqQxsiUQ" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="bbc_link bbc_flash_disabled new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/e8TcqQxsiUQ</a>



'Liverpool FC In Training In 1970s (1970-1979)':-

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/1lN7iGxA6_w" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="bbc_link bbc_flash_disabled new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/1lN7iGxA6_w</a>



'Jimmy Case: Greatest ever Liverpool v Man United goal? | From The Archive':-

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/HuNf5fCKkBc" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="bbc_link bbc_flash_disabled new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/HuNf5fCKkBc</a>



'Jimmy Case bullet freekick':-

https://twitter.com/SportsTjs/status/1379705984168382467



'Jimmy Case long range effort vs Dynamo Dresden':-

https://twitter.com/Futboldelamor12/status/1186678384325201920



'Jimmy Case goal in a Liverpool friendly v Israel 1979':-

https://twitter.com/angiesliverpool/status/1257735898189488129



'Jimmy Case. Great goal in a 3-0 win v Arsenal in 1979':-

https://twitter.com/forgottengoals/status/862558560944893958



'Jimmy Case goal vs Everton':-

https://twitter.com/MerseyGoals/status/857567034506448896



'Jimmy Case goal vs Norwich':-

https://twitter.com/MerseyGoals/status/916635676715683840



'Heighway benefits from reacting to a Jimmy Case rocket shot vs Man City':-

https://twitter.com/forgottengoals/status/983595574489505792



'Jimmy Case goal vs Oldham':-

https://twitter.com/1968Tv/status/1248981202683469829



'Jimmy Case, scores for Brighton against his old club, Liverpool, in a 3-3 draw in 1981':-

https://twitter.com/forgottengoals/status/1200692972532228096



'Jimmy Case on Liverpool, Southampton and Brighton' - 37 minute radio interview:-

www.dailymotion.com/video/x10awzp



'Jimmy Case reflects on his special friendship with former #LFC teammate Ray Kennedy':-

www.facebook.com/LiverpoolFC/videos/jimmy-case-reflects-on-his-special-friendship-with-former-lfc-teammate-ray-kenne/10153702158217573



'Jimmy Case picks his 1-11' (of best players he's played with):-

https://www.skysports.com/watch/video/sports/football/9629592/jimmy-cases-one2eleven



'Jimmy Case vs Saint Etienne - Coppa dei Campioni 1976 1977':-

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/BiCVwJgA9bE" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="bbc_link bbc_flash_disabled new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/BiCVwJgA9bE</a>






















A few youtube playlists of Liverpool matches for each of the seasons that Jimmy Case was a player at Liverpool...


1974/75 : www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiIQcmZy0mXu-Qqo1GbqGhyfpo18hblAB

1975/76 : www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiIQcmZy0mXtnx-5AFPRsZ-vsn9FP8l0J :

1976/77 : www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiIQcmZy0mXsGf9u-uMQ212QgF3qjNLDF : www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLte5vKHiXI7FW8s2vJKh2YFQAC0fMQc9u

1977/78 : www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiIQcmZy0mXuOmis0EmlvI8Fya0rH44pV : www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLte5vKHiXI7FhEdn9H7jpfqkk1w3sDLZi

1978/79 : www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiIQcmZy0mXvn96VJerS2zpC7ji7RUBLa : www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLte5vKHiXI7Hc2PJMgdKY2q4rUST80eUQ

1979/80 : www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiIQcmZy0mXv8QWyJaCsZh3FOwQ3m7KMc : www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLte5vKHiXI7Hz6NLrjs5x9dLo3THLNici

1980/81 : www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiIQcmZy0mXswBVJedMZBVStqoCFYwEur : www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLte5vKHiXI7HZuILLysIDp73Uab3qBVfJ



Some older / out-of-print Liverpool 'Club History' videos featuring Jimmy Case : www.redandwhitekop.com/forum/index.php?topic=112969.msg16108641#msg16108641













A few articles on Jimmy Case...


THE DOUBLE RENAISSANCE OF JIMMY CASE: https://thesefootballtimes.co/2017/05/02/the-double-renaissance-at-liverpool-and-southampton-of-jimmy-case

Me and my medals - Jimmy Case: www.thetimes.co.uk/article/men-and-my-medals-jimmy-case-sgzjxnqrt

I still don't understand why I was SNUBBED by the Three Lions: www.irishmirror.ie/sport/soccer/soccer-news/liverpool-legend-jimmy-case-still-4408687

CHINNING my team-mate launched my trophy-lined Reds career: www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/liverpool-legend-jimmy-case-chinning-4402074

Jimmy Case - Wreaking havoc: www.lfchistory.net/Articles/Article/3008

Case history: www.lfchistory.net/Articles/Article/2985

LIVERPOOL FANS, ROME 1977 AND HOW KEVIN KEEGAN GOT A BLACK EYE: www.theanfieldwrap.com/2015/12/jimmy-case-liverpool-fans-rome-1977-and-kevin-keegans-black-eye

LIVERPOOL: JIMMY CASE – NOT WAVING BUT DROWNING: www.theanfieldwrap.com/2014/08/liverpool-jimmy-case-not-waving-but-drowning

The Set Pieces - Jimmy Case interview: https://thesetpieces.com/interviews/interview-jimmy-case

Interview with former Liverpool FC hardman Jimmy Case: www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/local-news/big-interview-former-liverpool-fc-6961660

Hard Case: The Autobiography of Jimmy Case - Review: www.thefootballhistoryboys.com/2014/11/hard-case-autobiography-of-jimmy-case.html

Jimmy Case - Hard Case : https://thesetpieces.com/reviews/jimmy-case-hard-case

I still don't understand why I was SNUBBED by the Three Lions: www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/liverpool-legend-jimmy-case-still-4408330

Case: A seagulls' favourite too: https://inparallellines.wordpress.com/2017/11/29/liverpool-legend-jimmy-case-became-a-seagulls-favourite-too

Case: Southampton player stats: www.saintsplayers.co.uk/player/jimmy-case

Football Yesterday & Today - Jimmy Case: https://footballyesterdayandtoday.blogspot.com/2016/04/jimmy-case-detailed-stats-in-european.html



'Cupset and sent off for being deaf': https://wearebrighton.com/albiondatabase/cupset-and-sent-off-for-being-deaf-the-night-brighton-shocked-the-foxes

Legendary hardman Jimmy Case on getting stuck in: www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-5510245/Jimmy-Case-Brightons-FA-Cup-final-heartache-against-Man-Utd.html

A sense of community through Deaf Football: http://slfirst.co.uk/deaf-sport/sport/a-sense-of-community-through-deaf-football

About Deaf Football: https://fulhamdfc.co.uk/about-deaf-football

How to get involved in Deaf Football: www.thefa.com/get-involved/player/disability/grassroots-disability-football/deaf-football

Deaf Football in the UK: https://englanddeaffootball.co.uk/deaf-football-club

About Deaf Football: https://ukdeafsport.org.uk/deaf-football-uk

Damir Desnica - King of Deaf Footballers: http://eclecticfootballnut.blogspot.com/2007/12/damir-desnica-king-of-deaf-footballers.html

Finding Deaf Football was a lifechanging moment: www.englandfootball.com/articles/2021/Dec/03/claire-stancliffe-england-deaf-footballer-story-20211203

My parents are both deaf, and I have some minor hearing loss (though nothing like the 55 dB loss required in the good to represent your country at Deaf Football). That Jimmy had such a quality career is testament that people with deafness can still achieve great things, make a difference, also be someone to look up to. And also support Deaf Football too  :thumbup















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Re: Jimmy Case's book
« Reply #22 on: May 8, 2013, 04:33:56 pm »
Does jimmy still live in these parts or was he visiting?



Still lives on the south coast...travels up for his radio gigs

..Terrific player who was sold ten years too early....but a Red legend despite that...

If the majority of the current set up had his attitude to the club, we wouldn't be mid table also rans that's fo sure..
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Re: Jimmy Case's book
« Reply #23 on: May 8, 2013, 04:35:15 pm »
So this unbound thing is like kickstarter for books?

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Re: Jimmy Case's book
« Reply #24 on: May 9, 2013, 11:00:42 am »
So this unbound thing is like kickstarter for books?

Yes mate, seems they need around 490 more pledges to make it happen - really hope it does, should be a cracking read.
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Re: Jimmy Case's book
« Reply #25 on: May 9, 2013, 11:11:38 am »
Subscribed last week to the book. Was chatting to him a few weeks back and he was saying he might as well get the money rather than the publishers !
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Re: Jimmy Case's book
« Reply #26 on: July 1, 2013, 06:42:09 pm »
Bump! 

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Re: Jimmy Case's book
« Reply #27 on: August 23, 2013, 09:09:32 pm »
just to update those that paid for this book i got an email yesterday stating the book did not get enough support to go ahead with it, so they sent back my money, so hopefully you have all had similar emails.
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« Reply #28 on: August 24, 2013, 07:37:44 am »
yes me too , disappointed  :(

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Re: Jimmy Case's book
« Reply #29 on: August 24, 2013, 07:46:37 am »
From the unbound site:

Hard Case
By Jimmy Case

This book has failed to reach its target.

How sad..
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Re: Jimmy Case's book
« Reply #30 on: August 25, 2013, 02:19:28 pm »
Aww damnit, haven't checked my email but anticipate one now, I had a feeling his book would be an absolute belter too.  Gutted!

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Re: Jimmy Case's book
« Reply #31 on: November 5, 2014, 01:09:49 am »

Hard Case: The Autobiography of Jimmy Case - out now (since the 2nd October)


From the superb Chris Wood at lfchistory.net (www.lfchistory.net/Articles/Article/3723):-


"It is a common misconception that James Robert Case is often only remembered as a Liverpool footballer, probably because that is where he won nearly all his medals. But that is not a fair assessment of a quite remarkable professional career because Jimmy actually spent longer in total with three clubs on the south coast of England than he ever did while he was contracted to play for the red half of Merseyside. While goalkeepers often play on longer than outfield players it is unusual to find an outfield player continuing up to and past his fortieth birthday as Case did with the same skill, dedication and commitment that he showed when he first broke into the Liverpool first team when only just out of his teenage years. Hard Case is an appropriate title for a man who did not take any prisoners when he was playing. Even if he did not have quite the same reputation as a Norman Hunter, a Ron Harris, a Tommy Smith or a Graeme Souness this was a man you would definitely prefer to be playing with you rather than against you.

Every year thousands of talented youngsters share the dream that Jimmy Case had of becoming a professional footballer. But ability on its own isn’t enough. You need a certain amount of good fortune (being in the right place at the right time) and you have to be able to cope with rejection yet remain focused and determined. Case was overlooked for the Liverpool Schoolboys team whose head coach at the time was ironically Tom Saunders, the man who eventually nurtured him once he had become Liverpool’s Youth Development Officer. Jimmy’s physical stature was against him as he entered his teenage years. He wasn’t physically intimidated by playing against adults in local amateur football but he recognised that he was “too small and had to do something about it”. The hard work and countless hours he spent in a gym ultimately saw him force himself into South Liverpool’s team and not long after that Tom Saunders, who also worked as a club scout, came into the picture with the offer of a trial at Liverpool.

Case arrived at Anfield shortly before the start of what would be Bill Shankly’s final season as a club manager. Despite his manager’s legendary status, the player initially rejected the club’s offer of a professional contract following a successful trial. Jimmy knew it was important to have something to fall back on if he did not make it as a footballer. With two years left of an electrician’s apprenticeship he took a risk and called the club’s bluff in an attempt to find out how much they wanted him. They wanted him very much and a compromise was reached by which Liverpool took over his South Liverpool contract which meant that he could continue being an electrician as well.

Having filled out physically Case became a regular member of a Liverpool Reserves team that often included men with first-team experience who were returning from injury or who were out of the first-team picture and just needed some match action to keep themselves sharp. He says he learned much from this period, particular from watching Tommy Smith in matches and at training and that he tried to “base his game” around Tommy’s example, especially about “aggression and tackling” because he had already decided that he was not going to change the way he had played previously, that he would continue to “get stuck in, win the ball and not give it away cheaply”. Even at the end of Shankly’s last season as his twentieth birthday approached, the combative midfielder was disappointed not to find his name on the team-sheet for a senior match. But it soon became clear that Shankly’s successor, the canny Bob Paisley, also knew that he could not delay the youngster’s first-team baptism for much longer. That long-awaited first-team appearance came on the final day of the 1974/75 season and Jimmy played the whole 90 minutes as Queens Park Rangers were brushed aside 3-1 at Anfield. Paisley’s man-management skills were legendary. He left Case out of the team for the opening two matches of 1975/76 (a defeat at QPR and a home draw with West Ham) then brought him into the team for the third match against another London club, Spurs, at Anfield. Jimmy scored the second goal as his team turned a half-time deficit of 0-2 into a 3-2 victory. If Jimmy thought he had made it Paisley soon brought him back down to earth by leaving him out of the next six matches. However, by the turn of the year Jimmy was very much a first-team regular and he played in 31 of the last 32 matches of the season and picked up winners’ medals in both the First Division championship and the UEFA Cup. Five UEFA Cup goals were crucial to the club’s success in that competition with the last of those, against Bruges at Anfield, also helping to turn a 0-2 half-time deficit into a 3-2 win just as it had done against Tottenham eight months earlier.

Jimmy played in 229 competitive matches for Liverpool over the next five seasons winning three more domestic titles and two more European Cups. But at the very peak of his powers at the age of twenty-seven his Liverpool time was up and within a short time only Phil Neal remained at Anfield from the quintet that had appeared in all three European Cup finals (Ray Clemence to Tottenham, Ray Kennedy to Swansea and Terry McDermott to Newcastle were the others who moved on). Jimmy wasn’t desperate to leave but he knew that he faced a tough battle with Sammy Lee to retain his place in the team.  He just wanted to play and in that respect “it didn’t matter where I hung my hat” as long as he could continue to play the sort of game he had become used to. Case signed a five-year contract with Brighton and stayed for nearly four until he moved on to Southampton in the spring of 1985 having helped the Seagulls reach the F.A. Cup final of 1983. Jimmy’s mother tragically died during the evening of the final with the player poignantly reflecting that “success and the rewards that come with it don’t amount to much if the people you love aren’t there to share it”.

Southampton was a good move for Jimmy to make even if he did return to Anfield to score a stunning goal in a 3-2 defeat seven years after he had scored an equally stunning goal to knock Liverpool out of the F.A. Cup when he had been wearing Brighton’s colours. Six years with the Saints took Jimmy up to the age of thirty-seven but he still “felt fit enough to contribute on the field”  and, unhappy with the tactical approach of new Southampton manager Ian Branfoot, was approached by Bournemouth manager Harry Redknapp just a few hours after he had been released by Southampton. This led to a happy season further down the south coast, a season in which he played forty-nine matches to prove that he was still looking after his body well enough to cope with the physical side of the game. Jimmy became a bit of a football nomad for a few years before returning to Brighton as a player/coach as his fortieth birthday approached and then replacing Liam Brady as the club’s manager in November 1995, the same month in which he announced that his playing days were now over. A magnificent playing career came to a close. Even though there were no more winners’ medals after he left Liverpool in the summer of 1981, no supporter of any of the clubs he played for subsequently would dare to suggest that he wasn’t a winner in every other sense of the word. It must have been a real privilege and a pleasure for Andrew Smart to sit down with Jimmy Case and discuss his life and times. Andrew has got to the very core of what made Jimmy Case tick and the result is this quite beautifully-written book.

Kevin Keegan speaks warmly about his former team-mate in the foreword to this book asserting that Jimmy “never tried to do things he knew he couldn’t do, and everything he did was 8 or 9 out of 10” apart from the ferocity of his shooting, for which Keegan gives him the maximum ten. Other soccer luminaries like Alan Shearer, Liam Brady, Kenny Dalglish and Jimmy’s great pal Ray Kennedy say much the same in the closing chapter with Brady sharing Keegan’s bemusement that Case never received a full England cap under Ron Greenwood or his successor Bobby Robson. The Irishman thinks that being at unfashionable clubs like Brighton and Southampton effectively closed this particular door while Keegan believes that the number of Liverpool players in some of Ron Greenwood’s squads (no fewer than six represented England against Switzerland at Wembley in 1977 plus himself as a former Liverpool man) made it very difficult to increase the number from a single club.  Keegan is right that Case won’t be losing any sleep about not representing his country at the most senior level. But it did years later give him a marvellous opportunity to deliberately mishear a question from one of England’s most capped outfield players, Kenny Sansom. Sansom’s “How many England caps did you win, Jimmy?” got an answer of “three” but when the former Arsenal man claimed that figure was wrong Jimmy’s response was “Sorry Kenny, I thought you said European cups”!!

Most football books have factual errors in them, usually avoidable. Much as I would have liked to add Hard Case to the very short list of books that are error-free unfortunately I can’t, although I can’t decide whether this is down to the player’s memory or insufficient research. To infer that Bill Shankly was unhappy that the club’s famous red shirts had a sponsor’s name on them is clearly absurd (Shankly retired in 1974 and the club did not have a shirt sponsor in Hitachi until 1979); Terry McDermott was once sent off in a Merseyside derby at Anfield but it wasn’t, as Jimmy claims here, the 1976 match in which David Fairclough scored a stunning late winning goal (McDermott’s dismissal came four seasons later); and, also in 1976, Wolves had not already been relegated before they met Liverpool at Molineux on the evening on which Case became a First Division champion for the first of four occasions (had Wolves beaten Liverpool and Birmingham lost at Sheffield United on the same evening, Wolves would have survived at Birmingham’s expense). But probably it is unrealistic to expect a professional footballer to remember every incident from every day. Nobody who works in an office or a factory can so why should someone who plays sport for a living ? It is the anecdotes not the match-facts that make this such a good read anyway but it is certainly true that supporters often remember the match-facts long after the players have forgotten them."


Jimmy audio interview with BBC radio - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p028dh1f


rrp is £18.99

£15.19 at Waterstones

£12.91 at WH Smiths

£12.91 at the tax dodging Amazon (£5.99 for the Kindle version)


Jimmy is on twitter - https://twitter.com/JimmyCase8



No nonsense cover too :)



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Re: Jimmy Case's book
« Reply #32 on: November 5, 2014, 07:52:01 am »
Great player great man , and left the reds far too early , had a good half hour long chat a couple of years ago
In the match after the sandon , loved the kenny sansom quip  above . Kennedy , Case , McDermott and Souness fuck me what would that be worth in today's money ..now that was the best midfield in the world .

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Re: Jimmy Case's book
« Reply #33 on: November 6, 2014, 09:03:10 am »
Jimmy audio interview with BBC radio - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p028dh1f

Doesn't work for me. Anyone else have any luck?
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Re: Jimmy Case's book
« Reply #34 on: November 6, 2014, 02:11:21 pm »
Kennedy , Case , McDermott and Souness fuck me what would that be worth in today's money ..now that was the best midfield in the world .

The best midfield I've ever seen play for LFC. Not only outstanding footballers but if it was a war of attrition you wanted nobody was going to get the better of our lads.

I did read that Jimmy and his great mate Ray Kennedy looked out for each other. If one of them on one side of the pitch was 'done' by an opponent, the other took note of the culprit and bided his time until he could get some retribution for his mate. That way it didn't look like an obvious retaliation.

Jimmy & Ray were inseparable at Anfield and Kennedys career at LFC definitely suffered when his mate was transferred. 

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Re: Jimmy Case's book
« Reply #35 on: November 6, 2014, 03:05:38 pm »
Doesn't work for me. Anyone else have any luck?

Working for me in Chrome - but not working in Internet Explorer. Could be a browser problem?

If it helps the interviews was on BBC Radio Solent - http://www.bbc.co.uk/radiosolent - (Southampton way?) Maybe able to search through it from their site rather than the link above?
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Re: Jimmy Case's book
« Reply #36 on: November 6, 2014, 03:14:40 pm »
Great player great man , and left the reds far too early , had a good half hour long chat a couple of years ago
In the match after the sandon , loved the kenny sansom quip  above . Kennedy , Case , McDermott and Souness fuck me what would that be worth in today's money ..now that was the best midfield in the world .
that nearly got me teary eyed!!!what a midfield,fuck me ,what they wouldnt do to the nancy boys playing in football today!when they played they were tough but fair and knew how to look after each other,i sometimes wish stevie would do an opposing player when they do one of ours but he doesnt have that in his game as much as id like,anyways,great player was jimmy,great memories.

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Re: Jimmy Case's book
« Reply #37 on: November 6, 2014, 03:57:38 pm »
Bought this today. First time I have bothered with a player book but Jimmy was one of my fave players when I first started going, along with Ray Kennedy.

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Re: Jimmy Case's book
« Reply #38 on: November 6, 2014, 04:31:37 pm »
Here's that Beeb interview for those who can't listen on there...


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Re: Jimmy Case's book
« Reply #39 on: November 6, 2014, 05:05:29 pm »
Hard to believe he was just 27 when he played his last match for us. Good interview.