Player profile

Kevin Lewis

Birthdate: 19 September 1940
Birthplace: Ellesmere Port, England
Other clubs: Sheffield United (1955-60), Huddersfield Town (1963-65), Port Elizabeth City (1965-68)
Bought from: Sheffield United
Signed for LFC: £13,000, 16.06.1960
Liverpool debut: 20.08.1960
Last appearance: 27.04.1963
Debut goal: 20.08.1960
Last goal: 12.04.1963
Contract expiry: August 1963
Win ratio: 51.22% W: 42 D: 19 L: 21
Games/goals ratio: 1.86
Honours: Second Division 1961/62
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 3 / 0
LFC league games/goals: 72 / 39
Total LFC games/goals: 82 / 44

Player profile

Lewis' timing could not have been worse to try making a name for himself on the wing at Liverpool with the continuous rise of one Ian Callaghan. Born in Ellesmere Port, Lewis returned to the North-West to play for Liverpool after 23 goals in 62 second division appearances for his first club, Sheffield United. The England youth international became one of Bill Shankly's earliest signings in June 1960. Lewis kept Callaghan out of the side at the beginning of his record-breaking career, scoring 22 goals in 36 games in his first season outscoring Roger Hunt by three. Although he started the next season as the team's right-winger, he was displaced by Callaghan. He did find his way back into the side in April deputising for Ian St John after having not made a first-team appearance for four months. A win over Southampton would secure promotion from the Second Division and Lewis scored Liverpool's both goals in one of the most legendary games in the club's history.

Lewis found a way back into the side in 1962/63 after switching to the left taking over from the fading Alan A'Court. Lewis kept up his average of one goal every two games in his Liverpool career. He had a rocket of a shot and among local fans they were called “Lewis Expresses”. Once Peter Thompson was purchased from Preston North End in the summer of 1963 Lewis' Anfield days were numbered. He returned to Yorkshire in August 1963 and played little more than a season with Huddersfield before departing from the Football League scene at the very early age of 24 to play football in South Africa where he settled after a knee injury finished his career at the premature age of 28.

Appearances per season

1960-1961 32220036
1961-1962 21000021
1962-1963 19600025

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

4Leeds United
4Luton Town
3Norwich City
3Ipswich Town
3Bristol Rovers
3Charlton Athletic
3Swansea City
2Brighton & Hove Albion
2Stoke City
2Plymouth Argyle
2Sheffield United
2Scunthorpe United
2Rotherham United
2Leyton Orient
2Huddersfield Town
2Blackburn Rovers
2Newcastle United
2Leicester City
1Manchester City
1Coventry City
1West Ham United
1Nottingham Forest
1Sheffield Wednesday
1Aston Villa
1Lincoln City
8FA Cup
2League Cup

Wartime Appearances / Goals

No records to display.

Stats note

Milestone Appearances

120.08.1960Leeds UnitedAnfieldLeague
5021.10.1961Derby Baseball GroundLeague

Milestone Goals

12820.08.1960Leeds UnitedAnfieldLeague

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