Earlier today, a number of former Liverpool FC footballers and their sons were in Zurich at the Home of FIFA, as part of a visit by the group ‘Lads and Dads’. Phil Neal, Alan Kennedy and Howard Gayle spoke to FIFA.com about tomorrow’s UEFA Champions League Final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund at Wembley.
Neal is the most decorated player in Liverpool’s history, winning 22 competitions, including the European Cup no less than 4 times. Memorably, he scored the winning penalty in the 1977 final when Liverpool beat Broussia Monchengladbach in Rome, was on the winning side against Bruges (1978) and Real Madrid (1981), and also scored in the 1984 victory against Roma.
Kennedy also had a knack for the big occasion and, alongside Phil on the opposite side of the Liverpool backline, he scored the winning goal in the 1981 final, before going on to score the winning penalty in against Roma.
Gayle was born in nearby Toxteth and came through the youth ranks at Anfield. In 1977 he signed a professional contact, becoming the first black player in the history of the club. He featured in the 1981 semi-final second leg at Bayern Munich, and today works for anti-discrimination charities Kick it Out and Show Racism the Red Card.