Name

Ian Rush

Date of Birth

20.10.1961 (St Asaph, Wales)

Height

1.82m

Position

Forward

Nationality

Welsh

Caps

73 (28 goals)

6 x English League : 1981-1982, 1982-1983, 1983-1984,
1985-1986, 1987-1988, 1989-1990
3 x FA Cup :
1985-1986, 1988-1989, 1991-1992
5 x League Cup :
1980-1981, 1981-1982, 1982-1983,
1983-1984, 1994-1995
2 x European Cup :
1980-1981, 1983-1984
1 x English League Top Scorer :
1984

Season

Team

Games

Goals

Position

1978-1979

Chester (3)

1

0

16th

1979-1980

Chester (3)

33

14

9th

1980-1981

Liverpool

7

0

5th

1981-1982

Liverpool

32

17

1st

1982-1983

Liverpool

34

24

1st

1983-1984

Liverpool

41

32

1st

1984-1985

Liverpool

28

14

2nd

1985-1986

Liverpool

40

22

1st

1986-1987

Liverpool

42

30

2nd

1987-1988

Juventus

29

7

6th

1988-1989

Liverpool

24

7

2nd

1989-1990

Liverpool

36

18

1st

1990-1991

Liverpool

37

16

2nd

1991-1992

Liverpool

18

4

6th

1992-1993

Liverpool

34

14

6th

1993-1994

Liverpool

42

14

8th

1994-1995

Liverpool

36

12

4th

1995-1996

Liverpool

20

5

3rd

1996-1997

Leeds

36

3

11th

1997-1998

Newcastle

10

0

13th

1998

Sheffield United (2)

4

0

6th

1998-1999

Wrexham (3)

17

0

17th

1999-2000

Sydney

2

1

5th

 

Chester

34

14

0.41 GPG

 

Liverpool

471

229

0.49 GPG

 

Juventus

29

7

0.24 GPG

 

Leeds

36

3

0.08 GPG

 

Newcastle

10

0

0.00 GPG

 

Sheffield United

4

0

0.00 GPG

 

Wrexham

17

0

0.00 GPG

 

Sydney

2

1

0.50 GPG

 

Cup Winners Cup

4

5

1.25 GPG

 

European Cup

27

14

0.52 GPG

 

UEFA Cup

11

2

0.18 GPG

 

Wales

73

28

0.38 GPG

 

Totals

718

303

0.42 GPG

 
As a youngster Rush held the record for the number of goals scored in one season, a
record which would be broken by his successor Michael Owen. He made his debut as
a 17 year old for Chester City in the 79-80 season he scored 14 goals which prompted
the almighty Liverpool to snap him up for 300,000 he rarely got a start for Liverpool
who had Kevin Keegan and John Toshack. The next season Rush became established
and scored 17 goals for Liverpool, he continued to score goals for Liverpool and in
1984 he won the European cup. The following season Liverpool again reached the
European cup final at Heysel, they were defeated and following the events of that
game were banned from European competition. By this time he was a regular in the
Welsh team.

In 1987 Rush was transferred to Juventus for 3.2 million, during his time in Italy he
only managed 7 goals. The following season saw him re-signed by Liverpool for
2.70 million, he remained a prolific scorer for Liverpool and he scored the record
number of league cup goals as he won his last honour in 1995. The arrival of Stan
Collymore limited Rush's chances at Liverpool, so he moved to Leeds on a free
transfer. At Leeds Rush scored just 3 goals as age was beginning to take its effects
upon him. He then moved to Newcastle where he scored just one goal against
Everton in the cup.

At international level Rush never played in the finals of a major championship, the
closest he got was a missed penalty away from USA 94. Nonetheless Rush had an
excellent goalscoring record for Wales.
 
Data and biography by Aaron Lohan
Thanks to Sergey V Polishchuk for the corrections