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Peter Wall

Peter Wall

Birthdate: 13 September 1944
Birthplace: Westbury, England
Other clubs: Shrewsbury Town (1961-64), Wrexham (1964-66), Crystal Palace (1970-78), Leyton Orient (loan 1972-73), St. Louis Stars (loan 1977), California Surf (1978-80)
Bought from: Wrexham
Signed for LFC: 35000 (for him and Mason), 06.10.1966
Liverpool debut: 16.03.1968
Last appearance: 28.02.1970
Contract expiry: May 1970
Win ratio: 52.38% W:22 D:9 L:11
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 5 / 1
LFC league games/goals: 31 / 0
Total LFC games/goals: 42 / 0

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"Max" as he was christened by players and supporters alike after the famous comedian Max Wall arrived at Liverpool from Wrexham in October 1966 as a 21-year-old with the reputation of being a reliable full-back. Shankly paid £35,000 for Wall and his fellow Wrexham full-back, Stuart Mason, who lasted two years at Anfield without making a first-team appearance. Liverpool had previously missed out on Huddersfield’s Bob McNab who moved to Arsenal and played 365 games for the Gunners, but Wrexham couldn't refuse Liverpool's offer for the promising pair who manager Jack Rowley valued: “It grieves me to lose these players. I might get back to Wales and find my windows have been smashed. But the fans must realise that this deal has been done to benefit the club and the players." Wall's arrival coincided with the most settled side Liverpool has ever seen and it was impossible for him to break the monopoly that Chris Lawler and Gerry Byrne had in the two full-back positions. It wasn't until February 1968 that Shankly gave Wall his debut in a home fixture with Leicester. Byrne's playing days were almost at an end and Wall fitted comfortably enough into the Liverpool system of the time, making a further eight appearances towards the end of the 1967/68 season and being first-choice left-back for the first 13 League matches the following season as well. But then the more experienced and more versatile Geoff Strong took over the No. 3 shirt and Wall found himself out in the cold again.

Wall did play nine consecutive League games in the middle of the 1969/70 season but that period also included the dreadful FA Cup defeat at second division Watford, after which Shankly realised that it was time to make changes and build for the future. Wall was given one final opportunity in the new-look team who ran out at Anfield against Derby a week after the cup debacle but another defeat resulted and in the summer he was transferred to Crystal Palace. Wall served Palace well for eight years making over 190 appearances as the Eagles dropped from the First Division to the Third. Wall faced his old team, Liverpool, at Selhurst Park on 19 August 1972, but unfortunately broke his leg following a tackle by Tommy Smith. Following a successful loan spell with St. Louis Stars in the North American Soccer League, Wall joined NASL's California Surf in 1978 and finished his career in the States.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 31 6 2 3 0 42
1967-1968 9 0 0 0 0 9
1968-1969 13 0 2 2 0 17
1969-1970 9 6 0 1 0 16

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
3 Stoke City
3 Everton
3 Leicester City
3 Burnley
2 Arsenal
2 Athletic Bilbao
2 Nottingham Forest
2 Coventry City
2 Sunderland
2 Sheffield United
2 Leeds United
1 Southampton
1 Derby
1 Swansea City
1 Ipswich Town
1 Manchester United
1 Newcastle United
1 Manchester City
1 West Ham United
1 WBA
1 Wolves
1 Vitoria Setubal
1 Fulham
1 Wrexham
1 Tottenham
1 Watford
1 QPR
Total Started/substitutions
42 Started
1 On the bench
0 Substitute
0 Substituted
Total Competition
31 League
6 FA Cup
3 European Fairs Cup
2 League Cup

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 16.03.1968 Burnley Anfield League

Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Shrewsbury Town 1963-1964 England Third Division 9 0 9 0
Shrewsbury Town 1964-1965 England Third Division 9 0 13 0
Wrexham 1965-1966 England Fourth Division 18 1 19 1
Wrexham 1966-1967 England Fourth Division 4 0 4 0
Crystal Palace 1970-1971 England First Division 40 1 47 1
Crystal Palace 1971-1972 England First Division 36 1 41 1
Leyton Orient 1972-1973 England Second Division 10 0 10 0
Crystal Palace 1972-1973 England First Division 4 0 4 0
Crystal Palace 1973-1974 England Second Division 12 0 12 0
Crystal Palace 1974-1975 England Third Division 18 0 18 0
Crystal Palace 1975-1976 England Third Division 42 1 52 1
Crystal Palace 1976-1977 England Third Division 17 0 18 0
St. Louis Stars 1977 NASL 18 0 18 0
Crystal Palace 1977-1978 England Second Division 8 0 9 0
California Surf 1978 NASL 30 0 30 0
California Surf 1979 NASL 29 3 29 3
California Surf 1980 NASL 15 0 15 0
Total 319 7 348 7
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