Player profile

Gordon Wallace

Birthdate: 13 June 1944
Birthplace: Lanark, Scotland
Other clubs: Crewe Alexandra (1967-72)
Bought from: Apprentice
Signed for LFC: Professional July 1961
Liverpool debut: 27.10.1962
Last appearance: 26.04.1965
Debut goal: 08.05.1963
Last goal: 22.08.1964
Contract expiry: October 1967
Win ratio: 27.27% W: 6 D: 4 L: 12
Games/goals ratio: 3.67
LFC league games/goals: 20 / 3
Total LFC games/goals: 22 / 6

Player profile

Inside-left Wallace had been an apprentice at Anfield before signing professional forms for the club in July 1961, a month after his seventeenth birthday. He had to wait until the end of October 1962 before Shankly gave him his first-team debut and he was picked on a further six occasions by the end of that season, the club's first back in the top division after an eight-year absence. A year later, when Liverpool won the League Championship for the first time since 1947, no fewer than ten men made at least 33 League appearances and Wallace's only League game came at Burnley towards the end of the season, when he replaced the injured Roger Hunt. Wallace was the toast of the town in an eight-day period in the 1964/65 season when he scored five goals. He scored once when Liverpool drew 2-2 with West Ham in the Charity Shield and then made history when he scored Liverpool's first goal in a European competition in Reykjavik in the third minute adding another after an hour's play. Wallace scored twice at Anfield against Arsenal on the opening day of the 1964/65 league season, the first-ever game covered by the BBC as their "Match of the Day". He made the team for the first eight matches of that campaign but following three consecutive defeats Shankly brought in Bobby Graham in his place and Wallace had to wait over five months for his next League outing. Wallace didn't use his extended run in the side to its fullest capability and called it quits at Anfield in October 1967 after a succession of injuries and two frustrating years in Liverpool's reserve team. He went on to make just over 100 appearances in five years at fourth division Crewe, scoring 22 goals.

Appearances per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals20001122
1961-1962 000000
1962-1963 700007
1963-1964 100001
1964-1965 12001114
1965-1966 000000
1966-1967 000000

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

TotalOpponent
3WBA
2Burnley
2Leeds United
2West Ham United
1Everton
1Wolves
1Bolton Wanderers
1Leicester City
1Blackpool
1Blackburn Rovers
1Sheffield United
1Leyton Orient
1Arsenal
1Birmingham City
1Sheffield Wednesday
1Tottenham
1KR Reykjavík
Total Started/substitutions
22 Started
On the bench
Substitute
Substituted
TotalCompetition
20League
1Charity Shield
1European Cup

Goals per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals300216
1961-1962 000000
1962-1963 100001
1963-1964 000000
1964-1965 200215
1965-1966 000000
1966-1967 000000

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

TotalStarted/substitutions
6Started
0Substitute
TotalCompetition
3League
2European Cup
1Charity Shield
TotalGoal minute period
11-15 minutes
216-30 minutes
031-45
246-60 minutes
061-75
176-90 minutes
091-120
TotalOpen play/Penalty
6Open play
0Penalty

Wartime Appearances / Goals

SeasonAppearancesGoals
No records to display.

Stats note

Milestone Appearances

#DateAgainstStadiumCompetition
127.10.1962WBAThe HawthornsLeague

Milestone Goals

#MinuteDateAgainstStadiumCompetition
11608.05.1963Birmingham CityAnfieldLeague

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The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
1961-1962 * Midfielder
1962-1963 * Midfielder
1963-1964 * Midfielder
1964-1965 * Midfielder
1965-1966 * Midfielder
1966-1967 * Midfielder
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.

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