Manager profile

George Patterson (2nd term)

Birthdate: 1887
Birthplace: ?
Other clubs as manager: None
Arrived from: Liverpool secretary
Signed for LFC: March 1928
First game in charge: 07.03.1928
Contract Expiry: 06.08.1936
LFC league games as manager: 348
Total LFC games as manager: 366
Honours:

Manager profile

When Patterson returned to being just Secretary, David Ashworth came from Stockport County to take over as manager. Patterson was pleased by his successor’s progress as the club scored 18 goals without reply in five wins in the league and three in the FA Cup from the middle of January to mid-February. ‘The interest in the club is enormous, and their run of league and cup successes is quite natural under the circumstances,’ Patterson said in the Liverpool Echo. ‘The boys are playing fine football and for long enough the people of Liverpool have recognised this and have stood by the side although we started rather badly. It was one goal against us week by week. We turned the corner in December and confidence and good football have done the rest. The boys fear no team.’ 

Having already worked at Anfield for 20 years at the time Ashworth's successor, Matt McQueen, decided to retire, it was no surprise that Patterson was asked to take over the reins with the title of secretary-manager, thus becoming in fact, the first man in Liverpool's history to manage the team in two separate eras, not Kenny Dalglish as so far has been believed by Liverpool FC historians. 
As things turned out, the eight full seasons during which Patterson was in charge were some of the quietest years in the club’s history, quiet in that nothing really sensational happened good or bad. They retained their place in the top division but never finished higher than fifth; they twice finished low enough to cause concern but not enough concern for relegation to be a serious possibility. But after finishing seventh in 1935, there was an alarming slump the following season with the team being victorious in only three of the last 20 league games. They eventually escaped relegation by three points but it had been a close call. The pressure of managing a First Division club where results were not good when added to a serious illness forced Patterson to resign from the managerial side of his double-post, although he continued as the club’s secretary. It was another George (Kay) who was persuaded to leave his post at Southampton and head north to take over at Anfield.

Statistics

CompetitionTotalWonDrawLostGoals forGoals against
Grand totals36613785144665700
League34812983136639672
FA Cup188282628
League Cup000000
Europe000000
Other000000

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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Players bought

PlayerClubFeeDate
Tommy Gardner Orrell Free 1928
Billy Millar Linfield Unknown 1928
John Lindsay Rhyl Athletic £2,000 * April 1928
Jimmy McDougall Partick Thistle Unknown 26 April 1928
Albert Whitehurst Rochdale Unknown May 1928
David Davidson Forfar Athletic £1,500 July 1928
Bill Salisbury Partick Thistle Unknown 25 October 1928
Harold Barton Whitegate Juniors Free November 1928
John McFarlane Aberdeen Unknown 15 November 1928
Syd Roberts Bootle JOC Free 1929
Norman James Braby's Athletic Free April 1929
Alan Scott Liverpool Pembians Free April 1929
Charlie Thompson Wallsend Free May 1929
Jimmy Smith Ayr United £5,500 18 September 1929
John Charlton Bradford City Unknown October 1929
Archie McPherson Rangers Unknown 16 November 1929
Bob Ireland Rangers Unknown 21 November 1929
Tiny Bradshaw Bury £8,000 January 1930
Dave Wright Sunderland Unknown 12 March 1930
Gordon Gunson Sunderland Unknown 12 March 1930
Andrew Aitken Wallsend Free 15 March 1930
Danny McRorie Morton £1,500 22 November 1930
Harry Barkas Gateshead £1,500 30 December 1930
Ted Hancock Gainsborough Trinity Free January 1931
Ted Savage Lincoln City £2,750 5 May 1931
Alastair Henderson Yoker Athletic Unknown July 1931
Willie Steel St. Johnstone £1,000 22 September 1931
Alf Hanson Everton Free November 1931
Les Bruton Blackburn Rovers Unknown February 1932
Ben Dabbs Oakengates Town Free June 1932
Ted Crawford Halifax Town £1,200 July 1932
Harold Taylor Stoke City Unknown 11 July 1932
Bob Glassey Horden Colliery Welfare Free 1933
Tom Bush Shrewsbury Free March 1933
Fred Rogers Helsby Athletic Unknown March 1933
Jack Tennant Torquay United Unknown May 1933
John Roberts Southport Unknown May 1933
Sam English Rangers £8,000 24 July 1933
Lance Carr Boksburg Free 11 September 1933
Berry Nieuwenhuys Germiston Callies Free 11 September 1933
Norman Low Newcastle United Free 30 October 1933
John Browning Dunoon Athletic Unknown March 1934
Tommy Johnson Everton Unknown 3 March 1934
Vic Wright Rotherham United Unknown 14 March 1934
Ernie Blenkinsop Sheffield Wednesday £6,500 15 March 1934
Jim Harley Hearts O' Beath Unknown 4 April 1934
Stanley Kane Birmingham City Unknown September 1934
Tom Cooper Derby £7,500 4 December 1934
John Shield Bishop Auckland Free 1935
Bernard Ramsden Sheffield Victoria Free January 1935
Fred Howe Hyde United Free 19 March 1935
Jack Balmer Free Transfer Free * 15 May 1935
Jimmy Collins Walsall Unknown January 1936
Billy Hartill Everton Unknown 9 January 1936
Harry Eastham Blackpool Free 3 February 1936
Phil Taylor Bristol Rovers £5,000 * March 1936
Matt Busby Manchester City £8,000 11 March 1936
Alf Hobson Shildon Colliery Unknown April 1936

Players sold

PlayerClubFeeDate
Harry Chambers WBA £2,375 8 March 1928
George Pither Crewe £100 26 May 1928
Jimmy Walsh Hull City Unknown June 1928
Danny Shone West Ham United Unknown June 1928
Jock McNab QPR Unknown June 1928
David McMullan New York Giants Free July 1928
Cyril Oxley Southend Unknown September 1928
Tom Scott Bristol City Unknown 25 October 1928
Neil McBain Watford Unknown 24 November 1928
Billy Millar Barrow Unknown 1929
Tom Reid Manchester United Unknown 31 January 1929
Albert Whitehurst Bradford City Unknown February 1929
Donald Mackinlay Prescot Cables Free July 1929
Bill Salisbury Bangor City Unknown 29 August 1929
Jimmy Gray Exeter City £75 January 1930
John Lindsay Swansea City Unknown January 1930
Bill Murray Barrow Unknown 31 January 1930
David Davidson Newcastle United £4,000 31 January 1930
Albert Shears Tranmere Rovers Unknown May 1930
John McFarlane Halifax Town Unknown July 1930
Harry Race Manchester City £3,000 31 August 1930
Charlie Thompson Blackpool Unknown 1931
Andrew Aitken Mickley Free April 1931
Tommy Gardner Grimsby Town Unknown May 1931
Bob Clark Nottingham Forest Unknown 3 July 1931
Bob Ireland St. Johnstone Unknown 27 July 1931
Fred Hopkin Darlington Unknown August 1931
John Charlton Derry City Unknown 1932
Harry Barkas Gateshead Unknown 1932
Dick Edmed Bolton Wanderers £750 5 May 1932
Alan Scott Swindon Town Unknown June 1932
Jimmy Smith Tunbridge Wells Rangers Free July 1932
Norman James Bradford City Unknown May 1933
Ted Crawford Clapton Orient Unknown July 1933
Alastair Henderson Clapton Orient Unknown July 1933
Tommy Lucas Clapton Orient Free 11 July 1933
Les Bruton Leamington Town Free 19 July 1933
Danny McRorie Rochdale Unknown October 1933
John Roberts Wigan Athletic Free June 1934
Gordon Gunson Swindon Town Unknown 7 June 1934
Harold Barton Sheffield United Unknown 15 June 1934
Elisha Scott Belfast Celtic Unknown 25 June 1934
Dave Wright Hull City Unknown July 1934
Archie McPherson Sheffield United Unknown 20 December 1934
Willie Steel Birmingham City £5,000 15 March 1935
Bob Done Reading £150 15 May 1935
Sam English Queen of the South £4,000 30 July 1935
Jack Tennant Bolton Wanderers £2,750 2 January 1936
Gordon Hodgson Aston Villa £4,000 8 January 1936
Billy Hartill Bristol Rovers £0 * March 1936
Stanley Kane Southend Unknown 27 April 1936

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