Liverpool legend Ian Rush proves a hit with football fans in Hartlepool

Football legend Ian Rush, centre, with BBC Tees radio presenter Paul Goffy Gough, left, and event promoter Andy Husband, right.

Football legend Ian Rush, centre, with BBC Tees radio presenter Paul Goffy Gough, left, and event promoter Andy Husband, right.

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A football legend hit the back of the net with fans in Hartlepool on a special visit to the town.

Former Liverpool and Wales star Ian Rush discussed his glittering career in a talk-in.

It really was a special night and we chatted for around an hour-and-a-half about some wonderful memories

Ian Rush

Ian, who is Liverpool and Wales’ record goalscorer, attracted a full house at the Engineers Social Club, in Raby Road.

It followed a similar event held in Hartlepool with former Liverpol team-mate John Barnes, with both staged by town-based promoter Andy Husband and hosted by Hartlepool DJ Paul ‘Goffy’ Gough, of BBC Tees.

Ian said: “It was great to see so many people turned out to join me in Hartlepool.

“They came from all parts and it was a real thrill to chat to fans and to also hear their special memories of my playing days.

“It really was a special night and we chatted for around an hour-and-a-half about some wonderful memories – it was a great interview.”

He also spent time with Italian giants Juventus in his playing days, and scored a remarkable 346 goals for Liverpool.

During his time in the town, the former striker also reflected on the relegation of Hartlepool United from the Football League earlier this month.

He added “It’s always sad to see a club leave the league as it means so much to the fans that have built a bond with their local side.

“In the case of Hartlepool, they will need to move very quickly to get everything in place.

“The clock is already ticking to the start of the new National League season.

“Experience will show that they will need to appoint a new manager that knows and has full knowledge of that level – it will be so very different.

“Having vast experience of the league will be hugely significant for a rapid return for the club.”

Promoter Mr Husband said: “Ian Rush was fabulous to work with.

“He is unquestionably a football legend and very genuine with it.

“He made the trip to Hartlepool via a visit to Asia with his role as an ambassador for Liverpool Football Club, and the reaction and feedback has been brilliant since the weekend.

“Hartlepool needs these kind of profile events and we aim to give the people of the town more big names in the category of Ian Rush in the years ahead.”