Player profile

John Scales

Birthdate: 4 July 1966
Birthplace: Harrogate, England
Other clubs: Leeds United (1984-85), Bristol Rovers (1985-87), Wimbledon (1987-94), Tottenham Hotspur (1996-2000), Ipswich Town (2000-01)
Bought from: Wimbledon
Signed for LFC: £3.5m, 02.09.1994
International debut: 03.06.1995 vs. Japan
International caps: 3/0 - 11.06.1995
Liverpool debut: 10.09.1994
Last appearance: 31.10.1996
Debut goal: 21.09.1994
Last goal: 25.10.1995
Contract expiry: 11.12.1996
Win ratio: 55.32% W: 52 D: 25 L: 17
Honours: League Cup 1995
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 20 / 1
LFC league games/goals: 65 / 2
Total LFC games/goals: 94 / 4

Player profile

When Scales was 19-years-old he moved on a free transfer after one season in Leeds' reserves joining Bristol Rovers in the Third Division. He impressed sufficiently in his two seasons there to join the Crazy Gang at Wimbledon enjoying a fairy tale ending to his debut campaign winning the FA Cup against all odds facing the all-conquering Liverpool. Scales came on as a substitute in the Wembley final for forward Terry Gibson in the middle of the second half. After plying his trade at top-level for seven years with Wimbledon he moved to Liverpool arriving the day after fellow centre-half Phil Babb signed for the Reds from Coventry. Liverpool boss, Roy Evans, was delighted to capture the central defender who he had been tracking for the last 12 months. "John is big, strong and a great athlete. He's been the steadiest defender in the League for a long time and he'll be a great asset to us," Evans predicted.

Scales was of more skilful nature than a lot of his fellow defenders but his lack of aggression sometimes was a cause for concern for Reds' fans. He knew his limits, distributed the ball quite sensibly, not being overambitious. He looked after himself, was very energetic and a strong header of the ball. He had in fact won medals for high-jump in his teens. He seemed to lack the necessary quality to succeed at a top-notch club like Liverpool. Scales only lasted two years at Anfield and later passed this judgement on his time at the club: "The ability in the team was phenomenal. The discipline was lacking and I'll hold my hands up at the time. It's certainly very difficult when you lose the discipline in a club."

Scales was disappointed not to have been chosen to play for England in Euro '96, but bigger disappointment was ahead. He struggled with persistent injuries and only played seven games in the 1996/97 season, before being sold to Tottenham. His move caused quite a controversy as he had already had a medical for his boyhood club Leeds. Scales had a change of heart at the last moment and joined Spurs where because of injuries he only played 33 games in four seasons.

Appearances per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals6514105094
1994-1995 35770049
1995-1996 27722038
1996-1997 301307

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

TotalOpponent
6Manchester United
5Leeds United
5Aston Villa
5Wimbledon
4Arsenal
4Tottenham
4Newcastle United
4Blackburn Rovers
4West Ham United
4Nottingham Forest
4Everton
3Chelsea
3Manchester City
3Southampton
3QPR
3Crystal Palace
3Coventry City
3Burnley
2Birmingham City
2Sheffield Wednesday
2Brøndby
2Sion
2Norwich City
2Ipswich Town
2Charlton Athletic
2Bolton Wanderers
1Leicester City
1Middlesbrough
1Derby
1Stoke City
1Sunderland
1Shrewsbury
1Rochdale
1Mypa 47
Total Started/substitutions
93 Started
2 On the bench
1 Substitute
7 Substituted

Goals per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals202004
1994-1995 201003
1995-1996 001001
1996-1997 000000

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

TotalStarted/substitutions
4Started
0Substitute
TotalCompetition
2League Cup
2Premier League
TotalGoal minute period
21-15 minutes
016-30
131-45 minutes
046-60
161-75 minutes
076-90
091-120
TotalOpen play/Penalty
4Open play
0Penalty

Wartime Appearances / Goals

SeasonAppearancesGoals
No records to display.

Stats note

Milestone Appearances

#DateAgainstStadiumCompetition
110.09.1994West Ham UnitedAnfieldLeague
5001.10.1995Manchester UnitedOld TraffordLeague

Milestone Goals

#MinuteDateAgainstStadiumCompetition
14221.09.1994BurnleyAnfieldLeague Cup

Related Articles

Reds in driving seat

Match report from British Soccer Week on Liverpool - Burnley on 21.09.1994.More

Cottee dismissal mars Hammers day

Match report from British Soccer Week on Liverpool - West Ham on 10.09.1994.More

Scales and Babb join Roy Evans

Roy Evans bought Liverpool a pair of central defenders in 1994.More

Scales moves to Anfield

From British Soccer Week 08.09.1994More

Related Quotes

"Attitude, simple as that. The ability in the team was phenomenal. The discipline was lacking and I'll hold my hands up at the time. It's certainly very difficult when you lose the discipline in a club."

Scales on his time at LFC

The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
1994-1995 12 Defender
1995-1996 12 Defender
1996-1997 3 Defender
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.

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