A footballing giant in terms of his size as much as his standing, big Ron Yeats was the defensive cornerstone of Bill Shankly's first great Liverpool team and later served as chief scout under a succession of Anfield managers.

A rugged centre-half in the 1960s, he played a major role as the club escaped the wilderness of Division Two and marched proudly into Europe - captaining the Reds to league and FA Cup glory in the process.

'Six foot two and strong as an ox', Yeats was a colossus under Shankly, with the Reds boss inviting journalists to walk around his new signing when he arrived at Anfield.

An imposing and commanding presence at the back, ‘Rowdy’ instilled confidence in those around him, with his awesome aerial ability and thunderous tackling also high on a long list of good attributes.

After an illustrious playing career that spanned a decade, it seemed only natural that a living legend like Yeats would one day return to Anfield in some capacity.

He did just that in 1986 when appointed chief scout, a duty he fulfilled with great success for 20 years. 

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