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Peter Cormack

Peter Cormack

Birthdate: 17 July 1946
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Other clubs: Hibernian (1962-70), Toronto City (loan 1967), Nottingham Forest (1970-72), Bristol City (1976-80), Hibernian (2 / 1980), Partick Thistle (1980)
Bought from: Nottingham Forest
Signed for LFC: £110,000, 14.07.1972
International debut: 25.06.1966 vs. Brazil
International caps: 9/0 (at Hiberninan and Forest) - 01.12.1971
Liverpool debut: 02.09.1972
Last appearance: 27.12.1975
Debut goal: 09.09.1972
Last goal: 27.12.1975
Contract expiry: 10.11.1976
Win ratio: 53.37% W:95 D:50 L:33
Games/goals ratio: 6.85
Honours: League Championship 1972/73, 1975/76; FA Cup 1974; UEFA Cup 1973
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 7 / 1
LFC league games/goals: 125 / 21
Total LFC games/goals: 178 / 26

Player profile

Cormack had already attracted Shankly's attention as a 20-year-old Scottish international with Hibernian, possibly under the recommendation of Bill's brother Bob, who managed Cormack while he was on loan at Toronto City in 1967. He entertained fans with his brilliant tricks on the ball. His experience and creativity added something extra to the Liverpool squad that had narrowly missed out on the championship in 1971/72. It was a lightning deal according to the Daily Mail when Cormack was transferred to Liverpool. Forest secretary Ken Smales told the Daily Mail: “Liverpool moved fast. I didn’t know anything about the transfer until a few hours before it went through.” Cormack had a few weeks of pre-season training behind him at Forest when he arrived at Liverpool in the summer of 1972, mainly consisting of running through the woods. When he told Shankly how he had been preparing for the season Shankly looked incredulously at him and said: 'Snooker champions don't do swimming every day.' Cormack was an important part of Shankly's 'new' team that won not only the first division title for the first time in seven years but also the club's first-ever European trophy, the UEFA Cup. Cormack had to wait until the seventh game of the season at Derby's Baseball Ground before being handed his debut, but he scored in his first game at home against Wolves the following week. His highlight came in his first Merseyside derby three months into his Liverpool career when he headed the winner with 13 minutes to go. "When you score the winner against Everton you're a hero for life," Cormack told LFC Magazine. "Larry Lloyd picked me up as we celebrated and said: 'You've made it now.' It was a terrific feeling and I didn't spend much money that night." Cormack never looked back after that, finishing with 52 games with ten goals to boot in his debut campaign. 

The 1973/74 season was another successful one for Cormack. He figured in all 42 League matches and added an FA Cup winners' medal to his collection. He was again a regular in the following season and aged 29 when the 1975/76 season began, he looked to have a few years of success ahead of him at Anfield but his campaign finished in December. "I've always had this problem with my knee," Cormack told Mark Platt. "My cartilage was cracked. I was told I could keep playing, but that eventually it would give way. One day it did just that, after a game against Manchester City, and I never played for Liverpool again." While Cormack was recuperating Bob Paisley converted Ray Kennedy from a lumbering forward into a left-sided midfielder so successfully that on Cormack's return he was surplus to requirements and no real surprise when he moved on to first division Bristol City in November 1976 after being stuck in the reserves. Thirty-four-year-old Cormack left Bristol in 1980 after the club was relegated and returned to Hibernian where he started his career. After a brief spell he moved to Partick Thistle where he was manager for four years. His managerial career took him to far-away places like Cyprus and Botswana. He still crops up now and again on the after dinner speaking circuit and golf events.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 125 14 20 18 1 178
1972-1973 30 4 8 10 0 52
1973-1974 42 8 6 1 0 57
1974-1975 36 2 3 3 1 45
1975-1976 17 0 3 4 0 24
1976-1977 0 0 0 0 0 0

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
11 Tottenham
9 Leeds United
8 Stoke City
8 Ipswich Town
8 Wolves
7 Leicester City
7 Burnley
7 Derby
7 Coventry City
7 Newcastle United
7 Manchester City
7 West Ham United
7 Birmingham City
6 Everton
6 Sheffield United
6 QPR
5 Carlisle United
5 Chelsea
4 Norwich City
4 Arsenal
4 WBA
3 Southampton
3 Manchester United
2 Middlesbrough
2 Bristol City
2 Hull City
2 Luton Town
2 Doncaster Rovers
2 Ferencvaros
2 Frankfurt
2 AEK Athens
2 Dynamo Berlin
2 Hibernian
2 Gladbach
1 Dyn. Dresden
1 Brentford
1 Real Sociedad
1 Red Star Belgrade
1 Strømsgodset
1 York City
1 Slask Wroclaw
1 Crystal Palace
1 Sunderland
1 Aston Villa
Total Started/substitutions
169 Started
9 On the bench
9 Substitute
3 Substituted
Total Competition
125 League
20 League Cup
14 UEFA Cup
14 FA Cup
3 European Cup Winners Cup
1 Charity Shield
1 European Cup

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 21 2 1 2 0 26
1972-1973 8 1 0 1 0 10
1973-1974 9 1 1 0 0 11
1974-1975 3 0 0 1 0 4
1975-1976 1 0 0 0 0 1
1976-1977 0 0 0 0 0 0

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

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

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 02.09.1972 Derby Baseball Ground League
50 23.04.1973 Leeds United Anfield League
100 06.04.1974 QPR Anfield League
150 31.03.1975 Stoke City Victoria Ground League

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 76 09.09.1972 Wolves Anfield League

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Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Hibernian 1962-1963 Scotland Division 1 1 1 1 1
Hibernian 1963-1964 Scotland Division 1 6 1 6 1
Hibernian 1964-1965 Scotland Division 1 32 9 32 9
Hibernian 1965-1966 Scotland Division 1 32 15 32 15
Hibernian 1966-1967 Scotland Division 1 30 13 30 13
Hibernian 1967-1968 Scotland Division 1 30 11 30 11
Toronto City 1967-1968 NASL 11 6 11 6
Hibernian 1968-1969 Scotland Division 1 29 15 29 15
Hibernian 1969-1970 Scotland Division 1 23 11 24 11
Nottingham Forest 1969-1970 England First Division 1 0 1 0
Nottingham Forest 1970-1971 England First Division 41 8 49 10
Nottingham Forest 1971-1972 England First Division 32 7 34 8
Bristol City 1976-1977 England First Division 20 6 21 6
Bristol City 1977-1978 England First Division 26 6 29 7
Bristol City 1978-1979 England First Division 17 3 19 3
Bristol City 1979-1980 England First Division 4 0 5 0
Hibernian 1979-1980 Scotland Premier League 14 0 16 0
Hibernian 1980-1981 Scotland Division 1 6 1 9 1
Hibernian 1981-1982 Scotland Premier League 0 0 0 0
Hibernian 1982-1983 Scotland Premier League 0 0 0 0
Partick Thistle 1983-1984 Scotland Division 1 1 0 1 0
Total 356 113 379 117
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