Phil Chisnall, who was a striker for Manchester United and Liverpool and went down in history as the last player directly traded between the two great rivals in English football, has died at the age of 78. This was announced this Thursday by both clubs. United and Liverpool mourn Chisnall together and sent their condolences to family and friends of their former attacker.
Born in Manchester, Chisnall was part of the United academy and played for the Old Trafford first team, under the legendary Sir Matt Busby, between 1961 and 1964, The attacker scored a total of 10 goals in 47 games for United . In April 1964, Chisnall signed for Liverpool, who paid his great rival 29,000 euros for the player.
Chisnall was transferred by United to Liverpool for 29,000 euros in April 1964 and only played 9 games as a ‘net’
Bill Shankly, the legendary Liverpool manager, said about Chisnall when the forward arrived at the ‘red’ club: “He knows how to do unusual things with the ball, so he can be special.” Chisnall made his debut for Liverpool in the Charity Shield 4 months after his signing and scored his first goal in the European Cup win against KR Reykjavik.
But his career at Liverpool was very short: 2 goals in 9 games. The last match, the first leg of the 1964-65 Recopa semi-final against Celtic. Chisnall moved to Southend United before ending his career at Stockport County. The late striker had adjustment problems at Liverpool. But it is in his history, as in that of United, in which he was formed, for being the last player transferred directly from one of the eternal rivals of English football to another.