During an association with the club that lasted over half a century, Arthur Riley upheld a family tradition that begun with his father Bert way back in 1908.

Not to be mistaken with the former Liverpool goalkeeper of the same name, Riley followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming a groundsman and joined the Anfield staff straight from school in 1928.

A hugely popular figure within the club during his lengthy tenure, he witnessed many changes through the years, including the installation of floodlights and undersoil heating, but ensured that the overall appearance of the ground was always maintained to the highest standard.

Such was his reputation, Wembley officials often turned to him for advice.

He took great pride in the fact that Anfield was always considered to be one of the finest playing surfaces in the country and constantly strove to keep it in as immaculate condition as possible until his eventual retirement in 1982.

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