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Alan Arnell

Alan Arnell

Birthdate: 25 November 1933
Birthplace: Chichester, England
Date of death: 5 May 2013
Other clubs: Chichester City (1949-51), Worthing (1951-53), Tranmere Rovers (1961-63), Halifax Town (1963-64), Runcorn (1964-66)
Bought from: Worthing
Signed for LFC: 24.03.1953
Liverpool debut: 05.12.1953
Last appearance: 14.01.1961
Debut goal: 05.12.1953
Last goal: 22.04.1959
Contract expiry: February 1961
Win ratio: 41.33% W:31 D:17 L:27
Games/goals ratio: 2.14
LFC league games/goals: 69 / 33
Total LFC games/goals: 75 / 35

Player profile

Centre-forward Arnell moved from Sussex amateur side Worthing to Liverpool when he was 20 years old. As Arnell was doing his National Service in the Royal Sussex Regiment he could not sign as a pro so it was as an amateur he made a scoring debut on 5 December 1953 in a 5-2 win home victory over Blackpool. He only played another two times that season and just eight the following season, in which he scored three more goals. Although he was in and out of the side during the next few years, Arnell boasts a decent scoring record averaging a goal every two games in the Second Division for Liverpool. Arnell was transferred to third division Tranmere Rovers in February 1961. He scored 34 goals in 68 League games for Rovers but suffered relegation into Fourth Division. Arnell had to battle for the number nine shirt with Billy Liddell and Louis Bimpson at Liverpool and he was always having to settle for a bit part when the great Billy was around: "Billy was an idol at Anfield. The local Press was biased towards him but I'm not complaining," Arnell told the Brighton & Hove publication, the Argus, in 2002.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 69 6 0 0 0 75
1953-1954 3 0 0 0 0 3
1954-1955 7 1 0 0 0 8
1955-1956 23 4 0 0 0 27
1956-1957 14 1 0 0 0 15
1957-1958 8 0 0 0 0 8
1958-1959 12 0 0 0 0 12
1959-1960 1 0 0 0 0 1
1960-1961 1 0 0 0 0 1

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Total Opponent
5 Swansea City
5 West Ham United
4 Leyton Orient
4 Stoke City
3 Leeds United
3 Huddersfield Town
3 Scunthorpe United
3 Middlesbrough
3 Lincoln City
2 Doncaster Rovers
2 Barnsley
2 Grimsby Town
2 Notts County
2 Nottingham Forest
2 Manchester City
2 Leicester City
2 Fulham
2 Sheffield Wednesday
2 Plymouth Argyle
2 Brighton & Hove Albion
2 Bristol City
2 Sheffield United
2 Bristol Rovers
2 Charlton Athletic
2 Rotherham United
2 Bury
1 Blackpool
1 Portsmouth
1 Cardiff City
1 Hull City
1 Port Vale
1 Blackburn Rovers
1 Bolton Wanderers
1 Southend
Total Competition
69 League
6 FA Cup

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 33 2 0 0 0 35
1953-1954 1 0 0 0 0 1
1954-1955 3 0 0 0 0 3
1955-1956 13 2 0 0 0 15
1956-1957 10 0 0 0 0 10
1957-1958 1 0 0 0 0 1
1958-1959 5 0 0 0 0 5
1959-1960 0 0 0 0 0 0
1960-1961 0 0 0 0 0 0

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Competition
33 League
2 FA Cup
Total Open play/Penalty
35 Open play

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 05.12.1953 Blackpool Anfield League
50 12.01.1957 Doncaster Rovers Anfield League

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 79 05.12.1953 Blackpool Anfield League

Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Chichester City 1949-1951 Sussex County League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Worthing 1951-1953 Corinthian League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Tranmere Rovers 1960-1961 England Third Division 15 5 15 5
Tranmere Rovers 1961-1962 England Fourth Division 8 1 9 1
Tranmere Rovers 1962-1963 England Fourth Division 15 6 16 6
Halifax Town 1963-1964 England Fourth Division 14 6 18 6
Runcorn 1964-1966 England Cheshire League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total 52 18 58 18
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