Player profile

Phil Boersma

Phil Boersma

Birthdate: 24 September 1949
Birthplace: Kirkby, Liverpool, England
Other clubs: Wrexham (loan 1970), Middlesbrough (1975-77), Luton Town (1977-78), Swansea City (1978-81)
Bought from: Local
Signed for LFC: Joined 1965 – Professional September 1968
Liverpool debut: 24.09.1969
Last appearance: 25.10.1975
Debut goal: 04.11.1970
Last goal: 21.09.1974
Contract expiry: December 1975
Win ratio: 48.33% W:58 D:37 L:25
Games/goals ratio: 4
Honours: League Championship 1972/73; UEFA Cup 1973
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 4 / 0
LFC league games/goals: 82 / 17
Total LFC games/goals: 120 / 30

Player profile

Boersma made his first-team debut almost two years after featuring for the reserves for the first time as an 18-year-old in November 1967. He got a proper run in the side from November 1970 to March 1971 when Alun Evans was out with injury. Kevin Keegan arrived in 1971 and struck up a terrific understanding with John Toshack in the forward line. An injury to Toshack in September 1972 gave Boersma a chance to establish himself in the side but he lost his place on Tosh's return two months later. He did manage though to make 26 starts and scored four goals during the club's successful UEFA Cup run. He also scored seven times in the League that season as the Reds won the title.

Boersma continued to be a good 'squad' player the following season but initially walked out on Liverpool when he found that he would not be named as substitute in the 1974 FA Cup final against Newcastle. He threatened that he would never play for the club again, but Boersma and Liverpool solved their issues. New boss Paisley was thankful for Boersma's most productive spell at the club which came at the start of the 1974/75 season when he scored ten goals in 11 games when Keegan was serving his ban for being sent off in the Charity Shield against Leeds. Paisley found room for Boersma in midfield on Keegan's return but by November the local boy had lost his place in the team. Boersma was mostly on the bench in the first months of the 1975/76 season and moved to first division Middlesbrough in December 1975 where he met a certain Graeme Souness. In 1991 he returned to Anfield as manager Souness' right hand man, a partnership they had developed at Rangers and then followed Souness to Galatasaray, Southampton, Torino, Benfica, Blackburn and Newcastle. In 2008 he had a brief spell as manager of Welsh side Llangefni Town.

"I was a totally different type to Kevin Keegan. Kevin had come in and done fantastically," Boersma told LFC magazine. "Shanks would always stick by what he thought was his strongest team. He went with Toshack, Keegan and Heighway. I just came in and did my bit and even in that period in '74 when Kevin came back, it was me, Ray Kennedy and Stevie up front. I think he dropped Kevin into midfield for a couple of games. He didn't do too well and we swapped over again. I went into midfield and Kevin went up front. You would play anywhere for them. I would have played left wing, right wing, up front, anywhere. I still enjoyed my time at Liverpool. It was just so difficult to get a chance."

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 82 10 8 19 1 120
1968-1969 0 0 0 0 0 0
1969-1970 4 0 1 1 0 6
1970-1971 15 3 0 3 0 21
1971-1972 5 1 0 0 0 6
1972-1973 19 1 3 8 0 31
1973-1974 15 5 0 2 0 22
1974-1975 21 0 3 4 1 29
1975-1976 3 0 1 1 0 5

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
7 Ipswich Town
7 Leeds United
7 Everton
6 Stoke City
6 Coventry City
6 Manchester City
5 West Ham United
5 Tottenham
4 WBA
4 Arsenal
4 Carlisle United
4 Newcastle United
4 Southampton
3 Bristol City
3 Sheffield United
3 Derby
3 Burnley
3 Wolves
3 Leicester City
2 Ferencvaros
2 QPR
2 AEK Athens
2 Birmingham City
2 Hibernian
2 Norwich City
2 Chelsea
2 Middlesbrough
2 Strømsgodset
1 Gladbach
1 Din. Bucharest
1 Aldershot
1 Dyn. Dresden
1 Jeunesse d'Esch
1 Brentford
1 Huddersfield Town
1 Luton Town
1 Blackpool
1 Bayern Munich
1 Dynamo Berlin
1 Red Star Belgrade
1 Frankfurt
1 Doncaster Rovers
1 Dundalk
Total Started/substitutions
99 Started
22 On the bench
21 Substitute
18 Substituted
Total Competition
82 League
10 FA Cup
9 UEFA Cup
8 League Cup
4 European Cup Winners Cup
4 European Fairs Cup
2 European Cup
1 Charity Shield

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 17 1 3 8 1 30
1968-1969 0 0 0 0 0 0
1969-1970 0 0 0 0 0 0
1970-1971 1 0 0 2 0 3
1971-1972 0 0 0 0 0 0
1972-1973 7 0 2 4 0 13
1973-1974 3 1 0 0 0 4
1974-1975 6 0 1 2 1 10
1975-1976 0 0 0 0 0 0

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Started/substitutions
26 Started
4 Substitute
Total Competition
17 League
4 UEFA Cup
3 League Cup
2 European Cup Winners Cup
2 European Fairs Cup
1 FA Cup
1 Charity Shield
Total Goal minute period
5 1-15 minutes
6 16-30 minutes
8 31-45 minutes
5 46-60 minutes
1 61-75 minutes
5 76-90 minutes
Total Open play/Penalty
30 Open play

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 24.09.1969 Manchester City Maine Road League Cup
50 06.01.1973 West Ham United Upton Park League
100 01.10.1974 Strømsgodset Ullevaal Stadion Europe

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 47 04.11.1970 Din. Bucharest 23 August Stadium Europe

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Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Wrexham 1969-1970 England Fourth Division 7 0 7 0
Middlesbrough 1975-1976 England First Division 19 1 20 1
Middlesbrough 1976-1977 England First Division 28 2 32 2
Luton Town 1977-1978 England Second Division 35 8 39 11
Luton Town 1978-1979 England Second Division 1 0 1 0
Swansea City 1978-1979 England Third Division 18 1 19 1
Total 108 12 118 15
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