James Robert Case was born in Liverpool, on 18 May 1954 and was a player who shot to fame with the all-conquering great Liverpool side of the 70s and became known as a player with one of the hardest shots in the game.
Case arrived at Anfield from local non-league club South Liverpool in 1974 and was given his debut a year later. By 1976 he was a first choice midfielder who was a prolific goalscorer for someone in his position. At the end of his first full season, he helped Liverpool to victory in the League Championship and the UEFA Cup, scoring in the final of the latter.
Case maintained his place the following year as Liverpool chased a unique treble. They won the League again, but lost the FA Cup final to Man Utd 2-1. Case was the scorer of Liverpool's goal shortly after their opponents had taken the lead; it was a typical Case goal in that it was a vicious, unstoppable shot from outside the penalty area following a neat turn on the ball. He was in the team again a few days later when Liverpool won their first European Cup after beating Borussia Monchengladbach 3-1 in Rome.
Case won the League and the European Cup twice more with Liverpool and also added a League Cup winners' medal in 1981, but in that season he found himself out of favour. Former Manager Bob Paisley transferred him to Brighton in the summer of 1981.
With Brighton, Case reached the FA Cup final again in 1983 and again faced Manchester United. The game ended 2-2 but Brighton's chance had gone, and they were comprehensively beaten 4-0 in the replay. They had already been relegated that season.
Case later moved across the coast to Southampton and enjoyed a long twilight to his career, finally retiring at the age of 38 after a spell with Bournemouth and a second brief period at Brighton.
He has been a regular on the veteran players' circuit since giving up playing and currently works for Southampton's in-house radio station "The Saint".
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