Player profile

Frank Lane

Frank Lane

Birthdate: 20 July 1948
Birthplace: Wallasey, England
Date of death: 19 May 2011
Other clubs: Stanley Arms, Tranmere Rovers (1968-71), Notts County (1975-78), Kettering Town (1978-79), Bedford Town (1979-82)
Bought from: Tranmere Rovers
Signed for LFC: £15,000, 30.09.1971
Liverpool debut: 02.09.1972
Last appearance: 05.09.1972
Contract expiry: July 1975
Win ratio: 0% W:0 D:1 L:1
Honours: UEFA Cup 1973
LFC league games/goals: 1 / 0
Total LFC games/goals: 2 / 0

Player profile

Goalkeeper Lane was signed from Merseyside neighbours Tranmere Rovers in September 1971 as a cover for Ray Clemence. A rare injury to the club's first-choice 'keeper meant that Lane was thrown in at the deep end for his League debut at Derby on 2 September 1972. However, he unfortunately distinguished himself for all the wrong reasons by safely catching a deep cross from Alan Hinton and then stepping backwards over his own goal-line! Despite this 'howler', the injury situation with Clemence meant that Lane kept his place for the League Cup tie at Carlisle United three days later. There were no further mishaps in a 1-1 draw but Lane never played a first-team match for the club again. After a long and frustrating period of reserve-team football he was eventually transferred to second division Notts County in July 1975. He was a reserve there as well and went into non-league football, his highlight reaching the FA's Challenge Trophy final with Kettering Town in 1979 which they lost 2-0 to Stafford Rangers.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 1 0 1 0 0 2
1972-1973 1 0 1 0 0 2
1973-1974 0 0 0 0 0 0
1974-1975 0 0 0 0 0 0

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
1 Derby
1 Carlisle United
Total Started/substitutions
2 Started
18 On the bench
0 Substitute
0 Substituted
Total Competition
1 League
1 League Cup

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 02.09.1972 Derby Baseball Ground League

Related Quotes

"Moving to Liverpool from Tranmere was the biggest mistake I ever made in my life. They are a fabulous club and I enjoyed my time with them. But playing in the reserves for so long ruined me. I just stagnated and my confidence went completely."

Frank Lane in the Liverpool Echo on 15 May 1979

Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Stanley Arms England N/A N/A N/A N/A
Tranmere Rovers 1969-1970 England Third Division 24 0 27 0
Tranmere Rovers 1970-1971 England Third Division 44 0 52 0
Tranmere Rovers 1971-1972 England Third Division 8 0 11 0
Notts County 1975-1978 England Second Division 2 0 2 0
Kettering Town 1978-1979 Southern League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Bedford Town 1979-1982 Southern League Midland Division N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total 78 0 92 0
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