Born : 20 October 1961, St Asaph (Wales)
Position : Striker
Clubs : Chester City 1978-80 ; Liverpool 1980-87 / 1988-96 ; Juventus 1987-88 ; Leeds United 1996-97 ; Newcastle 1997-98 ; Wrexham (player-coach) 1998-99 ; 1999-2000 Sydney Olympic (Australia)
International Apperarances : 73 (Wales)
International Goals : 28
Liverpool Debut : 13th December 1980 Liverpool - Ipswich Town 1-1
English Championship : 1981-1982, 1982-1983, 1983-1984, 1985-1986, 1987-1988,
FA Cup : 1985-1986, 1988-1989, 1991-1992
European Cup : 1983-1984
League Top Scorer : 1984
Personal Honours :1983 PFA Young Player of the Year,
1984 PFA Players' Player of the Year, 1984 FWA Footballer of the Year,
1984 European Golden Boot
After attending St Richard Gwyn RC High School, Flint, Rush began his career at Chester City and later joined Liverpool.
Standing supreme as Liverpool's all-time scoring king the lean Welshman was one of the deadliest strikers in football history, blending superb anticipation with lethal finishing. His attack partnership with Kenny Dalglish is widely rated the best ever in British football.
Rush became Britain's most expensive teenager when Bob Paisley paid £300,000 to sign him from Chester in 1980. During his two-part Anfield career, split by a season with Juventus in 1987-88 when he left and returned for a combined
£6 million, Rush scored 346 goals in 660 senior outings, although in the League only he was 16 goals short of Roger Hunt's club record 245.
It was about the only one to elude him. Rush's haul of 44 FA Cup goals (39 of them for Liverpool) is a 20th century record while his five-goal total in FA Cup Finals (two in 1986 and 1989 and one in 1992 all on winning Liverpool sides) is an all-time best by an individual. Rush shares with Geoff Hurst the League Cup scoring record of 49 and was the first player to win that competition five times, completing his nap hand as Liverpool captain against Bolton in 1995. He scored 10 times in 18 Wembley outings for the club.
He also collected five Championship medals, one European Cup and was awarded the MBE. Rush scored an all-time Mersey derby record of 25 goals against Everton, won Europe's Golden Boot with 32 League goals in 1984 when he was also double Footballer of the Year and captained Wales, for whom he scored a record 28 goals in 73 games
Rush then spent a season with Leeds United, but scored just 3 times in 36 Premiership games and was given a free transfer at the end of the 1996-97 season. He joined Newcastle United on a one-year contract but was forced out of the side after Christmas when Alan Shearer returned from his long-term injury. He had a loan spell with Sheffield United before leaving St James's Park in the summer of 1998 to sign for Wrexham AFC amongst much fanfare. By this time he was past his prime, however, and failed to score in 18 starts for the North Wales club, being moved to play in midfield towards the end of the season. He made a brief playing comeback with Sydney Olympic before finally retiring as a player in 2000, by which time he was 38 years old.
He was later appointed manager of his first professional club, Chester City (by this time in Football League Two) in August 2004 having removed himself from the unofficial shortlist for the post of manager of the Welsh national team in November 2004. He resigned from his post at Chester in April 2005 citing disagreements with the Chairman as the reason for his departure.
In 2005, at the age of 43, Ian 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.
On the 27th of 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. He had a few chances on goal, but failed to score.
On September 7, 2007 it was announced that Rush had been appointed Elite Performance Director for the Welsh Football Trust, a part-time role in which he will help develop the next generation of players for Wales' national teams.