From Mangotsfield to Anfield
Published on: 02 Oct 2017
NICK Tanner, who started out at Mangotsfield United before going on to make 59 top-flight appearances for Liverpool, returned to his former club to launch his book about his colourful footballing career.
His manager for much of his time at Anfield, Graeme Souness, now a Sky Sports football pundit, joined him at Cossham Street for the event, which was also a fund-raising event for Prostate Cancer UK.
Nick, who co-wrote his book - entitled From a field to Anfield - with sports journalist Steve Cotton, said: "It is fantastic to have Graeme here. He was a great player and would get into anyone's top team and as a manager he brought on young players like me. I tried to do the same when I came back to Mangotsfield as manager."
Also at the event was Phil Purnell, who became friends with Nick when they were at The Ridings School in the 1970s; Gary Penrice, who played with the pair at Mangotsfield and then at Bristol Rovers, and another former Cossham Street favourite who went on to play professionally, Dean Radford.
Nick's book is an entertaining tale of his journey from the Western League via the Third Division and the First Division to playing European football. He remains the only footballer to have scored in both the Bristol and the Merseyside derby matches. He wore the number 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10 and 11 shirts in his time - definitely a utility player!
Nick moved to Anfield for £20,000 in 1988 but played in the first team only once in his first season. After going on loan to Norwich, he returned to Liverpool in time to be part of the squad at Hillsborough when the disaster happened.
One memorable match was the FA Cup in 1992, when Liverpool were held to a draw by Bristol Rovers but went through 2-1 in the replay.
Nick is a supporter of Prostate Cancer UK after losing his father Dennis to the disease. He took part in TV presenter Jeff Stelling's March for Men in 2017.