Where It all Began… IAN RUSH
Ian Rush is best known for his outstanding football career and goal scoring exploits for both Wales and Liverpool.
When we think of Ian Rush, we are instantly reminded of a classy, successful centre forward.
After enjoying spells at Chester, Liverpool, Juventus, Newcastle, Leeds United, Sydney Olympic, Sheffield United and Wrexham, Rush underwent a short stint as Chester City manager, before resigning in 2005.
It’s not just his professional career that is important though, every player has to start off somewhere. But where did this huge talent begin to develop?
Ian was born in St Asaph and lived in Flint, North Wales. He attended St. Marys Primary School and St. Richard Gwyn Catholic High School. He grew up in Flint, and he always had the ambition to make it as a professional footballer.
At the age of 15, Ian joined Hawarden Rangers Youth team. Hawarden Rangers Youth played in the Clwyd Youth League. Before Rush joined, the team had won three games out of a possible six.
Rush scored 32 goals in 19 appearances and since Ian had joined, Hawarden’s fortunes changed.
It was definitely visible that he had made a huge impact on the side.
In his first eight games Ian scored a total of 19 goals. He even scored six goals in one game past his old club St. Mary’s. Although Ian wasn’t top goal scorer, he certainly knew where the goal was.
Hawarden Rangers Youth team later went on to win the North Wales Coast Youth Cup and Dodman Youth Cup, as well as winning the league.
Ian was not the only talented player in the Hawarden squad, players such as Barry Horne – who later went on to captain Wales – and ex-Chester City duo Ian Edwards and David Brett were in the same side that completed the treble.
Now 56 years old, Ian Rush is still hugely respected in Football and he still holds the record number of goals scored for both Liverpool and Wales.
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