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Ian Rush

Rush in 2010
Personal information
Full name Ian James Rush
Date of birth (1961-10-20) 20 October 1961 (age 61)
Place of birth St Asaph, Wales
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 m)
Position(s) Forward
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1980 Chester City 34 (14)
1980–1986 Liverpool 182 (109)
1986–1988 Juventus 29 (7)
1986–1987 → Liverpool (loan) 42 (30)
1988–1996 Liverpool 245 (90)
1996–1997 Leeds United 36 (3)
1997–1998 Newcastle United 10 (0)
1998 → Sheffield United (loan) 4 (0)
1998–1999 Wrexham 17 (0)
1999–2000 Sydney Olympic 3 (1)
Total 602 (254)
National team
1980–1996 Wales 73 (28)
Teams managed
2004–2005 Chester City
Club domestic league appearances and goals

Ian James Rush MBE (born 20 October 1961) is a Welsh former professional footballer who played as a forward At club level Rush played for Liverpool from 1980–1987 and 1988–1996 He is the club’s all-time leading goalscorer, having scored a total of 346 goals in all competitions at the club At international level, Rush made 73 appearances for the Wales national football team and remained the record goalscorer for his country until 2018, with 28 goals between 1980 and 1996

Among the Liverpool players, Rush came 3rd in the 100 Players Who Shook The Kop – an official Liverpool fan poll He also had short spells with Chester City, Juventus, Leeds United, Newcastle United, Sheffield United, Wrexham and Sydney Olympic Since retiring as a player in 2000, Rush has had a stint as manager of Chester City (2004–05), and has worked as a television football pundit

Club career

Born in St Asaph, Flintshire, Rush’s reputation was enhanced by scoring for Chester City in a shock 2–0 FA Cup third round win at Second Division side Newcastle United in January 1980, with Chester City equalling their best run by reaching the last 16 where they narrowly lost to Ipswich Town His last game for Chester City was a 2–1 win over Southend United at Sealand Road on 26 April 1980 in which he did not score

Despite interest from Manchester united, and in spite of Rush being a boyhood Everton fan, Liverpool won the race to sign the 19-year-old in April 1980, though he had to remain at Chester until the end of the season as the transfer deadline (27 March 1980) had passed Recommended by chief scout Geoff Twentyman, Liverpool paid a record fee for a teenager of £300,000 It remained Chester City’s record sale until they went bankrupt in March 2010 Rush was managed throughout his time at Chester by Alan Oakes, although much of the credit for his development is given to youth manager Cliff Sear Nearly 20 years later, Rush and Sear worked together on the coaching staff at Wrexham

Liverpool: 1980–1987

Rush made his international début, in May 1980, just before he officially became a Liverpool player His Liverpool début came on 13 December that year in a First Division fixture at Portman Road against Ipswich Town He was standing in for his future strike-partner, Kenny Dalglish (out with an ankle injury but at the time one of the most highly rated strikers in the world), and wore his No 7 shirt At this stage, Liverpool were defending the league title and also contending for the European Cup, while Ipswich were emerging as surprise title contenders Liverpool finished fifth (with Aston Villa winning the title), but they did win the European Cup (for the third time) and the League Cup (for the first time)

The young Rush during his first season at Liverpool mostly played reserve team football rather than being thrown into the first team His first goal for the club took time to arrive, but it eventually came on 30 September 1981 during a European Cup first round second leg tie at Anfield against Oulun Palloseura Liverpool had already won the first leg at the Raatti Stadium 1–0 The second leg they won 7–0 with Rush scoring in the 67th minute after coming on three minutes earlier for David Johnson

His first two league goals came on 10 October 1981 in a 3–0 home win over Leeds United, and a month later he scored in the Merseyside derby at Anfield in a 3–1 win After Christmas however, Rush and Liverpool moved from tenth up to the top of the league He scored a hat-trick in the 4–0 away league win over Notts County on 26 January 1982, and was on the scoresheet in both of the next two games He managed a total of eight goals in the League Cup (one of them in the final win over Tottenham Hotspur) and three of them in the FA Cup campaign which ended in a fifth round defeat by Chelsea He ended the season as the club’s top scorer, netting 30 times in 49 appearances in all competitions, a ratio of 1 goal every 16 games 17 of these goals came in the League as he helped Liverpool reclaim the League championship from Aston Villa He also scored a goal to help Liverpool win the 1982 Football League Cup Final against Tottenham Hotspur

He was voted PFA Young Player of the Year in 1983 after helping Liverpool to a second successive First Division/League Cup double, though once again success eluded them in the European Cup He scored 24 League goals as Liverpool finished 11 points clear of runners-up Watford On 6 November 1982 Rush scored four goals against Everton in a 5–0 victory, a post-war record for goals by a single player in a Merseyside derby

Liverpool’s third successive League Cup triumph in this was added through a 2–1 win over Manchester United after extra time at Wembley He was voted PFA Player of the Year and BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year in 1984 as Liverpool retained both the League and the League Cup and won the European Cup to complete a unique treble that season Rush also added the Football Writers Footballer of the Year to the PFA award he had already claimed – the same feat that his strike partner Kenny Dalglish had achieved a year earlier

He scored 47 goals in 65 games (making him the highest goalscorer in all competitions for any professional club that season), a goal every 14 matches, as Liverpool finished three points clear of closest rivals Southampton in the League They beat derby rivals Everton 1–0 in the replayed final of the League Cup (after a 0–0 draw in the first ever all-Merseyside final) They also won their fourth European Cup by defeating AS Roma 4–2 on penalties (Rush made it 3–2 before Bruce Grobbelaar’s famous ‘jelly legs’ antics) following a 1–1 draw after extra time

The 1984–85 season was Liverpool’s first trophyless season in ten years, though they did reach their fifth European Cup final against Juventus in the game of the Heysel Stadium disaster Before the match kicked off rioting football hooligans caused a retaining wall to collapse, killing 39 Juventus supporters The game ended in a 1–0 win for Juventus Liverpool were beaten to the title by neighbours Everton, who were crowned champions with four matches to spare The sequel to the Heysel disaster was an indefinite ban on all English clubs in European competition, with Liverpool set to serve an extra season once the ban was lifted on other English clubs This meant that Rush and Liverpool were unable to compete in the 1985–86 UEFA Cup

The 1985–86 season Rush scored twice as Liverpool beat Southampton 2–0 in the FA Cup semi-final at White Hart Lane, booking a place at Wembley to face Everton in the first all-Merseyside FA Cup final Liverpool had pipped their city rivals to the League title (which had also been contested with the likes of West Ham United and Manchester United) by beating Chelsea 1–0 at Stamford Bridge Everton opened the scoring when Gary Lineker outpaced Alan Hansen to shoot past Grobbelaar at the second attempt and held this lead until half-time In the second half Liverpool drew level in the 57th minute when Rush latched onto a pass from Jan Mølby to round Everton goalkeeper Bobby Mimms and slot the ball into an empty net Six minutes later, Mølby was again at the heart of another attack Picking the ball up inside the Everton penalty area, he drilled a cross for Craig Johnston to score Liverpool were now 2–1 up, but the game was in the balance until the 84th minute, when Ronnie Whelan led another attack With the game stretched, he picked the ball up and drove towards the edge of the Everton area Dalglish made a run across his path into space, but Whelan used it as a dummy and clipped a pass over three Everton defenders into the path of Rush who, from the angle of the six-yard area, scored past Mimms Liverpool held on to win 3–1 and completed the first League and FA Cup double in the club’s history Rush added the Man of the Match award to his winner’s medal However, the ban on English clubs in European competition was continued, and Liverpool were unable to enter 1986–87 European Cup

Since Dalglish’s appointment as player manager in the 1985 close season, Rush had often found himself partnered with Paul Walsh in the Liverpool first team as Dalglish selected himself as a player less frequently

Juventus: 1987–1988

After attracting much interest from top European sides, Rush accepted an offer to sign for Italian club Juventus on 2 July 1986 for a British record transfer fee of £32m However, he continued to play at Liverpool for one season on loan before making his début for Juventus He was the second highest goalscorer in the Football League for the 1986–87 season with 30 First Division goals, but failed to win any major trophies as Liverpool finished second to Everton in the league and were defeated by Arsenal in the League Cup final despite Rush’s opening goal, a result that also ended a long sequence – Liverpool had not lost any of the previous 144 games in which he had scored

However, it was viewed as a new challenge for Rush who would have the task of unlocking the much tighter defences in Serie A His time at Juventus was less than successful, as he scored only eight times in 29 games; though this was partly explained by the Italian tradition at this time of tighter defences meaning that strikers tended to score fewer goals in Italy than they did in England

It has been said that he had a hard time settling in Turin, and that once he remarked “It’s like living in a foreign country” However, he has denied both the feeling and the quote, stating as “absolutely untrue” that he was homesick and did not enjoy his time in Turin “I was homesick at times, but it is one of the best things I’ve done in my life” In his autobiography Rush says that the quote was a joke made up by Kenny Dalglish, then in an interview published in The Irish Times in 2008, claimed that the quote was fictional

After just one season at the Stadio Comunale, he returned to Anfield, rejoining Liverpool for £27m on 18 August 1988 – a record signing for an English club at the time, which remained unbroken for three years It was the third time that summer that the national transfer record had been broken The news of Rush’s imminent return was given to Liverpool fans before they journeyed south to London for yet another Charity Shield match Before the game started, they were in full voice However, this time they had a new song: “Rushie is back, Rushie is back” Although the Liverpool team of 1987–88 had played some outstanding football, such was Rush’s stature amongst the Anfield faithful, they were pleased to see him return to the club

Rush’s departure from Liverpool had sparked the acquisition of new strikers John Aldridge (whose physical resemblance to Rush was often remarked upon) and Peter Beardsley, and on his return to the Liverpool side he was partnered alongside these players to form a 4–3–3 formation Rush’s former strike partner Kenny Dalglish (who had been appointed player-manager in 1985) was still registered as a player but by then he was in his 37th year and rarely played in the first team, retiring completely in 1990 Rush published a diary of his frustrating time in Italy titled My Italian Diary, 1989 In it, he reflected on his struggles to integrate himself in the dressing room at Juventus and adapt to the Italian style of play

Liverpool (second spell): 1988–1996

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Rush in 1988

On his return to Anfield, Rush had serious competition for a place in the new-look Liverpool attack, with John Aldridge having arrived at the club just before Rush’s move to Juventus and Peter Beardsley having arrived shortly afterwards It was deemed that Rush and Aldridge were too similar in style to be able to play together Aldridge started the season in front of Rush and consistently scored goals, thus keeping the Welshman on the bench As the season progressed, Rush came into some form Rush had again scored twice against Everton in a thrilling 3–2 win in the 1989 FA Cup Final He came off the bench to replace Aldridge, who had opened the scoring for Liverpool in the fourth minute of the game The sides were locked at 1–1 after 90 minutes, but Rush put Liverpool ahead in the fourth minute of extra time Everton midfielder Stuart McCall then brought the scores level for a second time, but Rush came up with the goods once more with an incisive finish in the 103rd minute to win the Cup for Liverpool

The 1989 FA Cup Final carried even greater significance because of the events of 15 April that year In the semi-final, Liverpool had been drawn against Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough, home of Sheffield Wednesday However, the game was brought to an abrupt end at 306 pm due to the unfolding disaster 94 fans were crushed to death that day, with the final death toll eventually reaching 97 Rush, along with his teammates, attended many of the funerals

Rush featured in the 1989 League title decider against Arsenal at Anfield The Gunners needed to win by a two-goal margin to become champions, with a last-minute Michael Thomas goal famously giving them the title Rush was injured during the first half of the game and had to be replaced by Peter Beardsley

At the end of that season, UEFA voted for the ban on English teams in European competitions to continue for at least one more season, meaning that Rush and his teammates would be unable to challenge for the Cup Winners’ Cup

The 1989–90 season saw Rush win another League title, his fifth and last, as Liverpool finished nine points clear of Aston Villa, with Rush scoring 18 times in 36 games However, another bid for the League–FA Cup double failed as Liverpool suffered a shock FA Cup semi-final defeat to Crystal Palace, even though Rush had given the Liverpool the lead with a goal in the 14th minute The game ended in a 4–3 defeat, even more incredible considering that Liverpool had crushed the newly promoted South Londoners 9–0 in a league game earlier in the season

Although the ban on English clubs in European competition was lifted for the 1990–91 season, Liverpool were unable to compete in the European Cup as UEFA ruled that they would have to serve an extra year’s suspension

1990–91 saw Rush continue to score regularly and Liverpool led the table from the start of the season until January, having won their opening eight league games, but they were then overhauled by Arsenal and on 22 February 1991 Dalglish announced his resignation as manager He was replaced by Graeme Souness but the change of manager was not enough to prevent the league title from slipping away from Anfield Shortly after Dalglish’s resignation, Liverpool were eliminated from the FA Cup in the fifth round by neighbours Everton, seeing their double hopes eliminated for the fourth season running (though this time at a much earlier stage) However, Liverpool finished second and were finally readmitted to European competition, qualifying for the UEFA Cup and giving Rush and his teammates their first chance of European action since 1984–85

In 1992, he picked up a third FA Cup winners’ medal, scoring Liverpool’s second goal, in the 67th minute, in the 2–0 win against Second Division Sunderland at Wembley This gave Rush and his colleagues another chance of European football, this time in the shape of the Cup Winners’ Cup It was a successful end to a season where Rush had struggled with injuries, and Liverpool had finished sixth in the league However, his third goal came in a crucial 2–0 home win over Manchester United on 26 April 1992 which denied their arch-rivals the championship, the title going instead to Leeds United – the conclusion to a campaign where the title challenge had been mostly a two-horse race in which Liverpool had merely been on the fringes Surprisingly, this was the first time he had scored against Manchester United Liverpool managed only a sixth-place finish in the league that season, the first time since 1981 that they had not finished champions or runners-up

1992–93 was perhaps Liverpool’s hardest season since beginning their current top flight tenure in 1962 They failed to mount a challenge for the new Premier League title, and as late as March they stood 15th in the table Dismal form in the league had seen Rush dropped from the starting line-up, having scoring only three league goals by the beginning of March, with Souness favouring the likes of Ronny Rosenthal and Paul Stewart, but Rush returned to his peak during the final weeks of the season with 11 goals during the final two months, and he finished the season as the club’s top scorer with 14 league goals He topped the goalscoring charts once again in 1993–94, beginning the season with Nigel Clough as his strike-partner until the brilliant young Robbie Fowler broke into the first team It was another disappointing season for Liverpool, however, as they continued to perform unremarkably in the Premier League and manager Graeme Souness stepped down in late January following a shock FA Cup exit at the hands of Bristol City Long-serving coach Roy Evans took over as manager Liverpool finished eighth in the league, once again missing out on European competition

Rush picked up his fifth League Cup winner’s medal in 1995, when two goals from Steve McManaman saw off a spirited challenge from outsiders Bolton Wanderers, as Liverpool triumphed 2–1 Earlier in the competition Rush scored a hat-trick as Liverpool beat Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, the team who would go on to win the Premier League that season Liverpool themselves achieved their best league finish since 1991, as they finished fourth in the Premier League

The 1995 close season saw Liverpool pay a national record fee of £84million for Nottingham Forest striker Stan Collymore, putting Rush’s future at Anfield – and most of all his place in the first team – under doubt However, he began the season as Liverpool’s first choice striker alongside Collymore, only to be replaced by Robbie Fowler as Collymore’s regular partner after a few games

Inevitably, his loss of a regular place in the first team sparked rumours of a transfer during the season Peter Reid made an offer to Liverpool to sign Rush on loan for Division One promotion challengers Sunderland in January 1996, but Liverpool manager Roy Evans rejected this offer, despite having not fielded Rush in his first eleven for two months, saying that he needed Rush as cover for Fowler and Collymore, as Liverpool began their quest for the FA Cup and were distant challengers in the league title race

In late February 1996, it was announced that Rush would be leaving Anfield on a free transfer when his contract expired on 1 June Numerous clubs were quick to express an interest in signing him These included Everton, Sunderland, Oldham Athletic, Swansea City, Leeds United and Tranmere Rovers

His long association with Liverpool ended with a substitute appearance in the 1996 FA Cup Final against Manchester United A hugely disappointing game looked to be heading for extra time and even a replay until Eric Cantona popped up with a late winner to give the Old Trafford side a 1–0 victory

Later career: 1996–2000

Rush bid farewell to Anfield on 20 May 1996 when he agreed to sign for Leeds United Rush spent a season with Leeds and scored three times in 36 Premier League games and was given a free transfer at the end of the 1996–97 campaign

He had been brought to Elland Road by manager Howard Wilkinson, who was sacked only a month into the season to be replaced by George Graham

He then linked up with Kenny Dalglish at Newcastle United on a one-year contract but lost his place in the side after Christmas, when Alan Shearer returned from a long-term injury However, Rush did score an important goal in a 1–0 win over Everton in the 3rd round of the FA Cup, his 44th in the competition (a 20th-century record) He scored one other goal for Newcastle in a League Cup tie with Hull City

He went on loan to Sheffield United later in the season, before leaving St James’s Park in the summer of the year 1998 to sign, amid much fanfare, for Wrexham The 37-year-old less athletic Rush failed to score in 17 Division Two starts for the North Wales club, and was moved into midfield near the end of the season He made a brief playing comeback with Sydney Olympic in Australia, scoring one goal in three games, before finally retiring, aged 38, in 2000 ending an illustrious career

International career

See also: List of international goals scored by Ian Rush

Rush made his Welsh debut before he had been handed his first start for Liverpool, playing his first match on 21 May 1980 against Scotland in Glasgow, a 0–1 loss He played his last international match on 24 January 1996 – a friendly match against Italy in Terni which Wales lost 0–3 Rush played regularly for the Welsh national team for more than 15 years, scoring 28 goals in 73 games

He scored in a friendly against Italy in Brescia on 4 June 1988, the only goal in a shock win During his career the team never qualified for a major tournament, although in 1991 he scored the winning goal in a memorable Euro 1992 qualifier against Germany on 5 June 1991 On 9 October 1992, he netted a hat-trick in a 6–0 win over the Faroe Islands at Cardiff Arms Park in 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification, the first Welsh hat-trick in over 13 years, and one of only 14 in the nation’s history Rush was Wales’ record goalscorer until 2018 when his record of 28 goals was surpassed by Gareth Bale

Management and coaching

After working as a part-time striker’s coach for Liverpool under Gerard Houllier in 2003, he was appointed manager of his first professional club, Chester City (by this time in Football League Two), in August 2004 Chester had made a dreadful start to their first season back in the Football League and Rush had a hard time at the helm After losing 3–1 at Boston United in their first game in charge, they strung together a two-month unbeaten run and he led the club to the FA Cup third round Rush seemed to be answering his critics, including former Liverpool teammate Mark Lawrenson, who doubted whether his tactical and coaching abilities could match his striking history

But after Rush ruled himself out of the running for the vacant Welsh manager’s job on 1 November 2004 things never seemed to go as well Several heavy defeats were inflicted and Rush was criticised for long-ball tactics his managerial team opted to use Despite pressure from chairman Stephen Vaughan, Rush refused to resign after a humiliating 5–0 loss to neighbours Shrewsbury Town in February 2005 But when Vaughan sacked Rush’s assistant Mark Aizlewood in April, after a 1–0 defeat at Darlington, without his knowledge, Rush resigned on principle By the point of his resignation, Chester were virtually safe from relegation His spell in charge saw youngsters such as Robbie Booth, Michael Walsh and Shaun Whalley all given their Football League debuts, while players including Michael Brown, George Elokobi and Robbie Foy all spent time on loan at the club

Rush was interviewed for the Peterborough United manager’s job shortly after this but lost out to Mark Wright, who had played in the same Liverpool team as Rush from 1991 to 1996, and had preceded Rush as Chester manager

Media career and other activities, 2005 to present

Rush in 2008

In 2005, at the age of 43, Rush considered coming out of retirement to play for TNS, after the Welsh side were drawn against Liverpool for their opening round Champions League qualifying match, but later decided against this

Since November 2005, Rush has been involved in media work within the game, including a stint as an analyst with ESPN He also appears as a pundit and reporter for Sky Sports and Sky Sports News He has also done work on LFC TV

On 27 April 2006, Rush was involved in the Marina Dalglish charity match, which pitted the 1986 FA Cup final teams of Liverpool and Everton against each other in aid of Breast Cancer Research, as Kenny Dalglish’s wife Marina had been suffering from breast cancer and the proceeds from the match were being donated to the charity

Rush was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2006 due to his achievements in the game

On 7 September 2007 it was announced that Rush had been appointed Elite Performance Director for the Welsh Football Trust, a part-time role in which he would help develop the next generation of players for Wales’ national teams

Rush released his autobiography on 21 August 2008, Rush: The Autobiography, through Ebury Press

On 26 April 2010, it was announced that Rush had returned to work with Liverpool FC, becoming the Club’s new Soccer Schools Ambassador and it was announced he would also work with the Club’s commercial team to help develop and support partnerships with other global sponsors and brands Rush can still be seen wearing the red of Liverpool as he is one of Liverpool’s ambassadors on public relations tours for the club

In summer 2010, as part of an outdoor installation in Chester that featured seventy life sized fibreglass rhinos each with unique artwork, one rhino was in honour of Ian Rush The rhino was painted with a black moustache and wearing a Chester City football kit and boots

In August 2014, Rush was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to September’s referendum on that issue

Rush was one of the pundits in first season (2014) of Indian Super League

In August 2016, Rush was named as ambassador for the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final, which took place in Cardiff, Wales

Personal life

Ian Rush was the ninth of ten children born to Francis and Doris Rush, who lived in Flint, North Wales Francis Rush, who worked in the steel industry for many years, died in July 2003 at the age of 78 Doris Rush died almost seven years later at the age of 82

Rush married Tracy in 1987 The marriage ended in 2015 They had two sons together: Jonathan and Daniel

He is the great-uncle of footballer Owen Beck, who made his debut for Liverpool in 2021 and is currently on loan at Bolton Wanderers

Career statistics


Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Chester City 1978–79 Third Division 1 0 1 0
1979–80 Third Division 33 14 5 4 38 17
Total 34 14 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 39 18
Liverpool 1980–81 First Division 7 0 1 0 1 0 9 0
1981–82 First Division 32 17 3 3 10 8 4 2 49 30
1982–83 First Division 34 24 3 2 8 2 5 2 1 1 51 31
1983–84 First Division 41 32 2 2 12 8 10 5 65 47
1984–85 First Division 28 14 6 7 1 0 6 5 3 0 44 26
1985–86 First Division 40 22 8 6 6 3 2 2 56 33
1986–87 First Division 42 30 3 0 9 4 3 6 57 40
Juventus 1987–88 Serie A 29 7 7 5 3 1 1 0 40 13
Liverpool 1988–89 First Division 24 7 2 3 4 1 2 0 32 11
1989–90 First Division 36 18 8 6 3 2 1 0 48 26
1990–91 First Division 37 16 7 5 3 5 1 0 48 26
1991–92 First Division 18 4 5 1 3 3 5 1 31 9
1992–93 Premier League 32 14 1 1 4 1 4 5 1 1 42 22
1993–94 Premier League 42 14 2 1 5 4 49 19
1994–95 Premier League 36 12 7 1 7 6 50 19
1995–96 Premier League 20 5 4 1 2 1 3 0 29 7
Liverpool total 469 229 61 39 78 48 38 20 14 10 660 346
Leeds United 1996–97 Premier League 36 3 4 0 2 0 42 3
Newcastle United 1997–98 Premier League 10 0 1 1 2 1 1 0 14 2
Sheffield United 1997–98 First Division 4 0 4 0
Wrexham 1998–99 Second Division 17 0 4 0 2 0 23 0
Sydney Olympic 1999–2000 National Soccer League 3 1 3 1
Career total 602 254 82 49 84 49 42 21 15 10 825 383




  • Football League First Division (5): 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1985–86, 1989–90
  • FA Cup (3): 1985–86, 1988–89, 1991–92
  • League Cup (5): 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1994–95
  • Football League Super Cup (1): 1985-86
  • FA Charity Shield (4): 1982, 1986 (shared), 1989, 1990 (shared)
  • European Cup (2): 1980–81, 1983–84


  • PFA Young Player of the Year (1): 1983
  • PFA Players’ Player of the Year (1): 1984
  • FWA Footballer of the Year (1): 1984
  • BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year (1): 1984
  • PFA First Division Team of the Year (5): 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1991
  • PFA Team of the Century (1977-1996): 2007
  • European Golden Boot (1): 1984
  • First Division Golden Boot (1): 1984
  • Liverpool Top Goalscorer (8): 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1990–91, 1992–93, 1993–94
  • FAI International Football Awards – International Personality: 2010


  • Rush, Ian (21 August 2008) Rush: The Autobiography Ebury Press ISBN 978-0-09-192805-6
    • Paperback (2009): ISBN 978-0-09-192806-3

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