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Charlie Ashcroft

Charlie Ashcroft

Birthdate: 3 July 1926
Birthplace: Chorley, Lancashire, England
Date of death: 13 March 2010
Other clubs:Eccleston, Chorley, Ipswich Town (1955-57), Coventry City (1957-58), Chorley (2 / 1958-61)
Signed for LFC:24.12.1945
Liverpool debut: 07.09.1946
Last appearance: 12.03.1955
Contract expiry: 06.06.1955
Win ratio: 34.83% W:31 D:28 L:30
Wartime games/goals: 5 / 0
LFC league games/goals: 87 / 0
Total LFC games/goals: 89 / 0

Player profile

Cyril Sidlow was replaced by Ashcroft in the 1951/52 season having only featured in nine first-team matches since the resumption of League football following World War II. Ashcroft earned the distinction of saving a penalty from Preston legend Tom Finney on the opening day of the 1952/53 season and was first choice until December 1952 when he lost his place to Russell Crossley after a disastrous spell for the club. The arrival of Dave Underwood in December 1953 further restricted his chances. Liverpool were relegated in the spring and South African Doug Rudham was signed at the start of the 1954/55 season. Ashcroft still managed 15 games in his final season despite battling for one position with Underwood and Rudham.

Ashcroft was signed by future England World Cup-winning coach Sir Alf Ramsey for Ipswich Town who played in Third Division South. After only seven games he broke his arm in a reserve game and left for Coventry the following summer. He only stayed at the Sky Blues for one season as his break hadn't healed properly so City had effectively signed a 'keeper who couldn't straighten his arm!

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 87 2 0 0 0 89
1945-1946 0 0 0 0 0 0
1946-1947 2 0 0 0 0 2
1947-1948 0 0 0 0 0 0
1948-1949 0 0 0 0 0 0
1949-1950 0 0 0 0 0 0
1950-1951 7 0 0 0 0 7
1951-1952 34 1 0 0 0 35
1952-1953 24 0 0 0 0 24
1953-1954 6 0 0 0 0 6
1954-1955 14 1 0 0 0 15

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
6 Stoke City
6 Manchester United
5 Newcastle United
5 Preston North End
5 Burnley
5 Tottenham
4 Bolton Wanderers
4 WBA
4 Arsenal
4 Chelsea
4 Portsmouth
3 Aston Villa
3 Middlesbrough
3 Charlton Athletic
3 Manchester City
3 Fulham
2 Sheffield Wednesday
2 Wolves
2 Notts County
2 Huddersfield Town
2 Bury
2 Derby
2 Sunderland
1 Lincoln City
1 Plymouth Argyle
1 Swansea City
1 Rotherham United
1 Luton Town
1 Bristol Rovers
1 Hull City
1 Blackpool
Total Competition
87 League
2 FA Cup

Wartime Appearances / Goals

Season Appearances Goals
1945-1946 5 0

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 07.09.1946 Chelsea Anfield League
50 10.09.1952 Tottenham Anfield League

Related Articles

Arsenal bid for Ashcroft

The Daily Express on 23 December, 1953.More

Black eye Reds

Daily Express report on Notts County 0 - 3 Liverpool on 03.03.1955.More

Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Eccleston N/A N/A N/A N/A
Chorley YMCA League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Ipswich Town 1955-1956 England Third Division South 7 0 7 0
Coventry City 1957-1958 England Third Division South 19 0 19 0
Chorley 1958-1960 Lancashire Combination N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total 26 0 26 0
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