Manager profile

William Edward Barclay

Birthdate: 14 June 1857
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Other clubs as manager: Everton
Arrived from:
Signed for LFC: 15 March 1892
First game in charge: 03.09.1892
Contract Expiry: August 1895
LFC league games as manager: 58
Total LFC games as manager: 91
Honours: Lancashire League 1892/93; Second Division 1893/94

Manager profile

Even though William Edward Barclay, the former Secretary and Vice-Chairman of Everton, had the title Secretary, that was essentially the team manager at the time, the first eleven were chosen by the board. Irishman John McKenna, who was the most prominent of boardmembers, had more influence over who played than the secretary. Liverpool’s application to join the Football League in their first season was rejected. Field Sports claimed someone at Liverpool had made an administrative blunder, only applying for the First Division, but in case they were not elected did not make themselves eligible for the Second Division. Most likely this was a mistake on Barclay’s behalf as his job entailed taking care of such documentation.

Barclay was so described at the time: “A great enthusiast in football management. Is a most successful organiser, a fine judge of the great game, and knows everybody in the football world. Few men have travelled so much to football matches as he. One of Mr John Houlding’s staunchest supporters. He is the successful Head Master of the Industrial Schools, Everton Crescent, and is, further, widely known and everywhere esteemed. An able man all-round.” Barclay was responsible for all kinds of paperwork relating to the running of the team; signing contracts and keeping deadlines. When John Houlding gave his board £500 to bring in new players Barclay went on a number of scouting missions to Scotland.

In Liverpool's inaugural season the club competed in the Lancashire League, winning that championship following a tight contest with Blackpool. McKenna was pulling the strings, even though he was just a regular board member. He was a man of great influence and the club’s outward face. Barclay apparently knew nothing of the club’s successful application for membership of the Second Division in 1893 until he received a telegram instructing him to travel to London to arrange the fixtures for Liverpool’s debut season as a member of the league. McKenna, not Barclay, went to the capital as Liverpool’s representative. That single incident indicates how much more involved McKenna was really with policy and key decisions. Or maybe he was just making sure Barclay wouldn't make the same mistake twice.

Liverpool joined the Second Division of the Football League in 1893 following the demise of their then more well-known neighbours Bootle. The aspiring club was also victorious in the Second Division, but finished bottom of the First Division in the 1894/95 season. Barclay quit as secretary, whether that was due to reasons other than the team’s capitulation is difficult to establish. McKenna took over as Secretary, winning the Second Division for a second time.

Statistics

CompetitionTotalWonDrawLostGoals forGoals against
Grand totals91521722221118
League5829141512888
FA Cup95132510
League Cup000000
Europe000000
Other2418246820

Matches that are won or lost in a penalty shoot-out are counted as a win/loss not as a draw.

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Related Quotes

When the director entered the Liverpool boardroom vehemently declaring that City had been robbed of the game, McKenna immediately called for quiet using his well-known phrase 'A moment, please, a moment'. He then proceeded to ask the director if he knew what the word "robbed" meant. Did he believe the referee was a thief? He promptly proceeded to insist on the director making an apology in the presence of everyone in the room.

Honest John didn't suffer fools lightly and his 'military bearing and staccato voice' got him far as the Liverpool Echo reported when he clashed with a Manchester City director

Players bought

PlayerClubFeeDate
Jonathan Cameron Renton Unknown 1892
Tom Wyllie Everton Unknown 1892
John Miller Dumbarton Unknown 1892
Sydney Ross Cambuslang Unknown 1892
James Kelso Renton Unknown 1892
Andrew Kelvin Kilmarnock Unknown 1892
Jock Smith Sunderland Unknown 1892
Andrew Hannah Renton Unknown May 1892
Jim McBride Renton Unknown June 1892
Duncan McLean Everton Unknown July 1892
Malcolm McVean Third Lanark Unknown July 1892
Billy McOwen Darwen Unknown 25 July 1892
Joe McQue Celtic Unknown August 1892
John McCartney St. Mirren Unknown October 1892
Matt McQueen Leith Athletic Unknown 23 October 1892
Hugh McQueen Leith Athletic Unknown 23 October 1892
Patrick Gordon Everton Free June 1893
Jimmy Stott Middlesbrough Unknown 6 August 1893
James Henderson Annbank Unknown 22 August 1893
David Henderson King's Park Unknown 15 September 1893
William Hughes Bootle Free 16 September 1893
Harry Bradshaw Northwich Vict. Unknown 13 October 1893
Douglas Dick Rangers Unknown 14 October 1893
John Givens Dalry Unknown March 1894
John Whitehead Everton Unknown 28 March 1894
James Cameron Rangers Unknown 8 May 1894
Bill McCann Abercorn Unknown June 1894
Neil Kerr Rangers Unknown 4 June 1894
Jimmy Ross Preston North End £75 19 August 1894
John Drummond Sheffield United Unknown 20 August 1894
John McLean Greenock Volunteers Unknown 10 October 1894
John Curran Celtic Unknown 12 October 1894
Hugh Henderson Third Lanark Unknown 19 October 1894
David Hannah Sunderland Unknown 2 November 1894
James Cleland Edinburgh St Bernard's Unknown 1895
Tom Wilkie Hearts Unknown 18 January 1895
Billy Dunlop Abercorn £35 28 January 1895
Frank Becton Preston North End £100 18 March 1895
Robert Neill Hibernian Unknown May 1896
Willie Donnelly Clyde Unknown May 1896
Bill Michael Hearts Unknown May 1896

Players sold

PlayerClubFeeDate
Tom Wyllie Bury Unknown 1893
Sydney Ross Cambuslang Unknown 1893
James Kelso Renton Unknown 1 January 1893
John Miller Sheffield Wednesday Unknown June 1893
Jock Smith Sheffield Wednesday Unknown 2 August 1893
James Henderson Broxburn Athletic Unknown 1894
Douglas Dick Third Lanark Unknown 1894
Billy McOwen Blackpool Unknown 1894
Patrick Gordon Blackburn Rovers Unknown October 1894
John Givens Paisley Abercorn Unknown 1895
Bill McCann Paisley Celtic Unknown March 1895
Jim McBride Manchester City Unknown December 1895
Barney Battles Celtic Returns from loan May 1896

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