Player profile

Brian Hall

Birthdate: 22 November 1946
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Other clubs: Plymouth Argyle (1976-77), Burnley (1977-80), Northwich Victoria (1980-85)
Bought from: Local
Signed for LFC: Amateur 1966 - Professional July 1968
Liverpool debut: 07.04.1969
Last appearance: 14.04.1976
Debut goal: 27.03.1971
Last goal: 15.11.1975
Contract expiry: July 1976
Win ratio: 52.23% W: 117 D: 64 L: 43
Games/goals ratio: 10.67
Honours: League Championship 1972/73; FA Cup 1974; UEFA Cup 1973, 1976
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 1 / 0
LFC league games/goals: 155 / 15
Total LFC games/goals: 224 / 21

Player profile

All Brian Hall wanted in his teens was to go to Liverpool, but not to play football. He wanted to study at the university! He studied mathematics and graduated three years later with a Bachelor of Science degree. Hall was an industrious player who always gave his all for Liverpool. Hall was small in stature, but clever and a very efficient footballer. He became a vital part of the team Shankly rebuilt in the early 70's. After three years of reserve football and studies Hall made two brief appearances as a substitute towards the end of the 1968/69 season. Ian Callaghan's injury in September 1970 gave Hall his breakthrough. Hall performed so well in Callaghan's absence on the right wing that when Callaghan returned, Shankly moved Cally into a central midfield role to accommodate them both.

Hall's most memorable moment came in the 1970/71 season when he scored the dramatic winning goal in the FA Cup semi-final against Everton at Old Trafford which took Liverpool to Wembley for the first time since 1965. It was also his first-ever goal for Liverpool. Hall had to settle for a runners-up medal on that occasion but was a member of the side who lifted the trophy three years later against Newcastle to add to the League Championship and UEFA Cup winners' medal he had from the previous season. Hall played a big part in the FA Cup fortunes of Liverpool in 1974. Again Liverpool were in the semi-final. Liverpool and Leicester City drew 0-0 at Old Trafford and the replay was set at Villa Park. Hall scored Liverpool’s first goal soon after the start of the interval. He had just finished celebrating when Glover equalized two minutes later. Kevin Keegan and John Toshack guaranteed a 3-1 victory and Newcastle were an easy prey in the final. 

Hall got on well with his first boss Bill Shankly most of the time but did get the hump when Liverpool had reached the final of the UEFA Cup in 1973 and faced German side Borussia Mönchengladbach in a two-legged affair, the first being at Anfield. The first match only lasted half and hour because the pitch became waterlogged after a torrential downpour, and the game was re-scheduled for the following night. In that half hour though, Shankly had spotted a weakness in the air in the German back line and for the rematch brought in the aerial supremacy of John Toshack at the expense of Hall's attacking midfield play. "My reaction was childish," Hall told LFChistory.net. "I just slammed about and wasn't really in the best frame of mind to be on the subs bench. Of course we won the match 3-0 and it was viewed as a master stroke by Shanks but I was still unhappy. It rumbled on to the end of the season where it finally came to a head when I was dropped against Leicester City. We only needed a draw for the title and Shanks decided to blood a young Phil Thompson at my expense. That incident hit me far harder than the UEFA Cup final one had done." 

Hall played in all but seven of the League matches in 1974/75 but his midfield position was taken over by Jimmy Case before the half-way stage of the following season. He moved on to Plymouth Argyle in the summer of 1976 before returning to the North-West and finishing his League career at Burnley. He later felt he had made a "big mistake" leaving Liverpool so soon and should have fought harder to reclaim his place. Hall took on teaching and was a schoolmaster for a while but Hall returned to Anfield in 1991 to head the club's Public Relations department, a post he was in until he had to retire in 2011 due to health reasons. A special presentation was made to Hall before Liverpool's Premier League match against Fulham at Anfield on 1 May 2012 to officially mark his retirement.

Appearances per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals1551913352224
1968-1969 200002
1969-1970 100001
1970-1971 35738053
1971-1972 26123133
1972-1973 21028031
1973-1974 22813034
1974-1975 35234145
1975-1976 13129025

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

TotalOpponent
12Leeds United
12Tottenham
9Everton
9Leicester City
9Southampton
9Ipswich Town
9Newcastle United
9Stoke City
9Arsenal
8Derby
8Coventry City
8Manchester City
7West Ham United
7Wolves
7Burnley
6Chelsea
6Manchester United
5WBA
4Hibernian
4Middlesbrough
4Birmingham City
4Carlisle United
3Dyn. Dresden
3Sheffield United
3Huddersfield Town
3Norwich City
3Ferencvaros
3Nottingham Forest
2QPR
2Doncaster Rovers
2Crystal Palace
2Mansfield Town
2Bayern Munich
2Servette
2Blackpool
2Bristol City
2Jeunesse d'Esch
2Real Sociedad
2Din. Bucharest
2Strømsgodset
2Slask Wroclaw
2Barcelona
1Gladbach
1Swindon Town
1Frankfurt
1AEK Athens
1Dynamo Berlin
1Red Star Belgrade
1Aldershot
1Brentford
1Hull City
1Swansea City
1Aston Villa
1Luton Town
1Oxford United
Total Started/substitutions
198 Started
26 On the bench
26 Substitute
10 Substituted

Goals per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals15312021
1968-1969 000000
1969-1970 000000
1970-1971 110002
1971-1972 101002
1972-1973 200103
1973-1974 420107
1974-1975 500005
1975-1976 200002

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

TotalStarted/substitutions
20Started
1Substitute
TotalCompetition
15League
3FA Cup
1League Cup
1UEFA Cup
1European Cup
TotalGoal minute period
51-15 minutes
416-30 minutes
331-45 minutes
346-60 minutes
461-75 minutes
276-90 minutes
091-120
TotalOpen play/Penalty
20Open play
1Penalty

Wartime Appearances / Goals

SeasonAppearancesGoals
No records to display.

Stats note

Milestone Appearances

#DateAgainstStadiumCompetition
107.04.1969Stoke CityVictoria GroundLeague
5014.04.1971Leeds UnitedAnfieldEurope
10024.10.1972AEK AthensAnfieldEurope
15020.04.1974EvertonAnfieldLeague
20026.08.1975Leeds UnitedElland RoadLeague

Milestone Goals

#MinuteDateAgainstStadiumCompetition
17327.03.1971EvertonOld TraffordFA Cup

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The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
1968-1969 * Midfielder
1969-1970 * Midfielder
1970-1971 * Midfielder
1971-1972 * Midfielder
1972-1973 * Midfielder
1973-1974 * Midfielder
1974-1975 * Midfielder
1975-1976 * Midfielder
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.

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