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Tributes paid to two North West footballers

Tributes paid to former footballers Fred Pickering and Ian Ross who have died Photo: Barratts/S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Sport&G/S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Sport

Tributes have been paid to the former Everton, Blackburn Rovers and Blackpool footballer Fred Pickering who has died.

The 78 year old became Britain's most expensive footballer when he signed for Everton from his hometown club Blackburn for £85,000 in 1964.

Fred was capped three times by England and scored a hat trick on his debut.

(L-R) Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson saves at the feet of Liverpool's Ian Ross Credit: S&G/S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Sport

Liverpool are also mourning the loss of one of their former players Ian Ross who has passed away at the age of 72.

He played under Bill Shankly in the 1960s and 70s.

His most famous game for the Reds came against Bayern Munich in the European Fairs Cup in 1971 when he scored Liverpool's only goal and man marked the great Franz Beckenbauer.

Liverpool FC have released a statement saying the thoughts of everybody at the club are with Ian’s family and friends at this sad time.