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John Scales

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

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 65 14 10 5 0 94
1994-1995 35 7 7 0 0 49
1995-1996 27 7 2 2 0 38
1996-1997 3 0 1 3 0 7

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

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

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 2 0 2 0 0 4
1994-1995 2 0 1 0 0 3
1995-1996 0 0 1 0 0 1
1996-1997 0 0 0 0 0 0

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Opponent
1 Norwich City
1 Manchester City
1 Burnley
1 QPR
Total Started/substitutions
4 Started
0 Substitute
Total Competition
2 League Cup
2 Premier League
Total Goal minute period
2 1-15 minutes
1 31-45 minutes
1 61-75 minutes
Total Open play/Penalty
4 Open play

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 10.09.1994 West Ham United Anfield League
50 01.10.1995 Manchester United Old Trafford League

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 42 21.09.1994 Burnley Anfield League Cup

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Scales moves to Anfield

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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

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