HE might haven’t appeared just like the archetypal modern-day footballer however Jan Molby had greater than sufficient in his locker to face out.
A gifted midfield with probably the greatest proper foots within the enterprise, Molby began his profession at little-known Kolding in his native Denmark.
It was his performances in two seasons at Dutch giants Ajax (the place he gained the Eriedivisie) that caught the attention of Liverpool.
And when he moved to Merseyside in 1984, he quickly turned one of many membership’s true cult heroes.
His spell at Anfield, the place he gained two First Division titles and two FA Cups (together with the Double in 1985-86), would show to be the spotlight of his profession.
However he additionally gained 33 caps for his nation, scoring two objectives.
They known as him ‘Rambo’…
Why? Nicely, largely as a result of he by no means shirked a deal with and favored some correct argy-bargy too.
The very fact he weighed in at 14 ½ stone (on an excellent day) may need had one thing to do it with it too.
Let’s simply say he was bigger than life.
He impressed on a trial with Liverpool…
In 1984, Liverpool supervisor Joe Fagan gave the Dane a trial in a recreation in opposition to Dwelling Farm in Eire.
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He made an instantaneous impression, controlling the ball on his chest, flicking the ball over a defender’s head along with his knee after which smashing a volley into the again of the web.
Fagan had seen sufficient. He signed Molby two days later.
And Bob Paisley agreed…
The legendary Liverpool boss was stunned by the Dane’s capability on the ball, to not point out his implausible array of passes.
“He can’t get sufficient of the ball when all the things is operating for him.
“He’s like a compulsive gambler.
“No cross is just too troublesome to strive, no capturing probability is allowed to go untaken,” he mentioned.
“He can undergo a ten minute spell whenever you suppose he’s working it by distant management.”
He was a penalty taker par excellence…
Few gamers within the historical past of the English high flight have a greater document from 12 yards than Molby.
Whereas he was at Liverpool, the Dane scored 62 objectives with 42 coming from the penalty spot.
In reality he solely failed to attain on three events.
Solely Southampton’s Matt Le Tissier had a greater success price than that.
He was a dab hand at darts…
Perhaps it was his beneficiant construct and his fondness for a pint or 5, however Molby has at all times had an eye fixed for the arrers.
In 2015, he even beat five-times World Champion Eric Bristow in a better of three legs match at a charity occasion on the Betway Premier League occasion in Liverpool.
He scored the best aim no person actually noticed…
It’s November 1985 and Liverpool are enjoying Manchester United at Anfield in a League Cup recreation.
There are over 41,000 followers packed inside Anfield however the recreation isn’t being televised due to a dispute over the the rights to the competitors.
Molby picks up the ball inside his personal half, and exhibiting the tempo of a person half his dimension, he powers previous a handful of United gamers, driving deep into the opposition half.
When he reached the sting of the realm he unleashes a shot that screams into the highest nook, nearly breaking the web.
Gary Bailey, the United keeper, nonetheless insists it was “the toughest shot he had ever confronted.”
Molby had by no means seen the surprise aim once more till then United supervisor Ron Atkinson situated a duplicate for him by way of some police surveillance tapes.
However, because of the web, there’s a very tough clip of Molby’s legendary ‘misplaced’ aim on YouTube.
He did time at Her Majesty’s pleasure…
The Dane was jailed in 1988 when he tried to outrun the police in a BMW M3 he was driving for a good friend on an evening out.
Worse nonetheless, he had had a few pints and failed the next breathalyser check.
Molby was sentenced to a few months in jail in HMP Walton, then Kirkham and Preston for reckless driving.
Although there have been requires the membership to launch him, Liverpool stood by the participant.
However there was some excellent news. After his spell inside, Molby got here out trying leaner and fitter than he had in a very long time.
The next season, he helped propel the Reds to their 18th league title.
He’s as Scouse as they arrive…
Nicely, form of.
In 2009, Molby was one among 40 non-native individuals who given ‘Honorary Scouser’ standing by the town of Liverpool.
The Lord Mayor, Councillor Rotherham, described the award was to mark the contribution of those that “had been tricked by destiny into being born outdoors the town.”
He added: “Each single one among these people absolutely deserve this honour as they’ve all helped make Liverpool nice and acted as large ambassadors for the town.”
After which there’s that accent…
Although he was an achieved English speaker when he arrived within the UK in 1984, Molby’s accent modified markedly when he moved to Merseyside.
In reality, he developed a robust Scouse drawl that was, reportedly, the results of spending a lot time along with his teammate Sammy Lee.
However do you know…
In Danish, his surname is definitely pronoucned ‘Mol-boo’.
Which, presumably, makes it Peter Beardsloo too.