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

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals72820082
1960-1961 32220036
1961-1962 21000021
1962-1963 19600025

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

TotalOpponent
4Sunderland
4Leeds United
4Luton Town
3Norwich City
3Southampton
3Burnley
3Ipswich Town
3Bristol Rovers
3Charlton Athletic
3Middlesbrough
3Swansea City
2Brighton & Hove Albion
2Stoke City
2Derby
2Plymouth Argyle
2Sheffield United
2Scunthorpe United
2Rotherham United
2Leyton Orient
2Huddersfield Town
2Arsenal
2Blackburn Rovers
2Everton
2Newcastle United
2Blackpool
2Leicester City
2Tottenham
1WBA
1Manchester City
1Bury
1Walsall
1Coventry City
1Wolves
1West Ham United
1Nottingham Forest
1Fulham
1Sheffield Wednesday
1Wrexham
1Aston Villa
1Lincoln City
1Portsmouth
TotalCompetition
72League
8FA Cup
2League Cup

Wartime Appearances / Goals

SeasonAppearancesGoals
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Stats note

Milestone Appearances

#DateAgainstStadiumCompetition
120.08.1960Leeds UnitedAnfieldLeague
5021.10.1961Derby Baseball GroundLeague

Milestone Goals

#MinuteDateAgainstStadiumCompetition
12820.08.1960Leeds UnitedAnfieldLeague

Related Articles

How winger Lewis eventually got the boot from Shanks

Published 10 November 2007, written by David Prentice at the Liverpool Echo.More

Key Game: Liverpool FC 2 Southampton 0

19th Oct, 2009 By Neil MacDonald in Liverpool Echo.More

Related Quotes

The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
1960-1961 * Midfielder
1961-1962 * Midfielder
1962-1963 * Midfielder
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.

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