Peter Robinson, the long-serving former Liverpool secretary and chief executive, has died at the age of 86, the club have announced.
Robinson was a key figure at Anfield during a 35-year period from 1965 to 2000 which encompassed the club’s prolonged spell as the dominant force in the English game.
The Reds won 29 trophies during his tenure, including 12 league championships and four European Cups.
Working in partnership with chairman John Smith, Robinson oversaw a modernisation of the club following his appointment as club secretary shortly before the Reds’ first FA Cup success in 1965.
The pair transformed administrative operations to allow managers, beginning with the inspirational Bill Shankly, to focus on the team. The approach led to a period of extraordinary and sustained success as Shankly was followed by Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan and Kenny Dalglish.
Robinson switched roles to become chief executive in 1992. Widely respected in the game, he was also instrumental in the development of Anfield and a growth in commercial income.
Gerard Houllier, in 1998, was his final managerial appointment before stepping down in 2000.
A statement on the club’s website, LiverpoolFC.com, read: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of former club secretary and chief executive Peter Robinson.
“The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool FC are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”
Prior to working at Liverpool, Robinson had held roles at Stockport, Crewe, Scunthorpe and Brighton.
Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann, who played for the club from 1999 to 2006, was among the first to pay tribute.
The German tweeted: “Sad news indeed, a special man left us. @LFC wouldn’t be where they are now if it wasn’t for him. He‘ll be badly missed.”
Jan Molby, at Liverpool from 1984 to 1996, tweeted: “#LFC won 29 major trophies whilst Peter was pulling the strings upstairs. RIP Peter Robinson #YNWA.”
Rest in peace, Peter. You’ll Never Walk Alone.