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Tuesday 02 September 2014

On this day in 1994: Liverpool sign Scales from Wimbledon

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall the defender moving to Anfield

Watch the former Wimbledon defender reminisce about the Crazy Gang's superb 1993-94 season, when they finished sixth in the Premier League.

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

2 September 1994 - End of an era as Scales leaves Wimbledon

An era ended at Wimbledon when defender John Scales left the club to sign for Liverpool.

Scales's departure meant that all 12 of the players from the team that beat Liverpool in the 1988 FA Cup final, to secure their first major trophy, had left the club.

Wimbledon owner Sam Hammam said: "We've lost important players in the past but John's the greatest. We have lost a fantastic gladiator, a great friend and a real brother in arms."

Scales played in the top flight with the Dons for seven years, and he established himself as in integral part of the Wimbledon team that finished 12th in the inaugural 1992/93 Barclays Premier League season and sixth in the following campaign.

Liverpool manager Roy Evans was delighted to have captured the 28-year-old and said: "John is big, strong and a great athlete. He's been the steadiest defender in the league for a long time and he'll be a great asset to us."

Scales arrived at Anfield the day after fellow central defender Phil Babb, who signed from Coventry City. The pair played alongside each other at the back for a large part of the 1994/95 season as the club finished fourth in the Barclays Premier League - their highest position in the competition at that time.

Scales also returned to Wembley Stadium and collected another medal as he played for Liverpool in their 2-1 League Cup final win over Bolton Wanderers.

But, during the 1995/96 campaign, Mark Wright regained his place as first choice and Scales featured less - although he still played in more than two-thirds of the club's Barclays Premier League matches as they finished third.

Injuries dogged him at the start of 1996/97 and after only a handful of appearances, he moved to Tottenham Hotspur in December.

Reflecting on his time at Anfield in later years, Scales, who finished his career at Ipswich Town, said: "The ability in the team was phenomenal."

  • Steve McManaman and John Scales (right) celebrate winning the 1995 League Cup final

  • Scales spent seven years at Wimbledon and they finished sixth in the 1993/94 BPL season

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