Player profile

John Bamber

Birthdate: 11 April 1895
Birthplace: Peasley Cross, St Helens, England
Date of death: August 1971
Other clubs: St Helens Recreation, Heywood, St Helens Town, Alexandra Victoria, Leicester City (1924-27), Tranmere Rovers (1927-30), Prescot Cables (1930-32)
Bought from: Alexandra Victoria
Signed for LFC: Free, 04.12.1915
International debut: 14.03.1921 vs. Wales
International caps: 1/0
Liverpool debut: 13.09.1919
Last appearance: 15.12.1923
Debut goal: 14.02.1920
Last goal: 11.09.1920
Contract expiry: February 1924
Win ratio: 45.57% W: 36 D: 25 L: 18
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 3 / 0
Wartime games/goals: 118 / 8
LFC league games/goals: 71 / 2
Total LFC games/goals: 79 / 2

Player profile

Bamber started out his career as a right-winger but developed into a right-half of good repute. He joined Liverpool during World War I and did not cost the club a penny. He made 23 appearances in 1919/20 as competitive League football in England resumed after a four-year absence. Bamber was so described in March 1920 in the club programme: "Since coming to Anfield his consistency has been remarkable. Never really brilliant, but always very effective, Bamber is the type of player who is bound to make a name for himself; he discards all idea of ornamentality for efficiency, and seldom is it that the keenest critic can find fault with his work in the field." Thirty League matches followed the next season as he established himself in the side and was even chosen to represent England against Wales in March 1921. After playing the first four League matches of the 1921/22 season Bamber was stricken down with appendicitis. His illness paved the way for Jock McNab so once Bamber recovered he was only in the side if McNab was unavailable. Bamber missed out on medals as Liverpool won the Championship twice in 1922 and 1923.

In February 1924 Bamber joined Leicester who won the Second Division. He played for the Foxes in two seasons in the First Division before returning to Merseyside in 1927 to play for Tranmere. In April 1921 the Derby Daily Telegraph praised Bamber for being "a powerful defender, a sixth forward, a breaker-up and forager rolled into one. Has a wonderful stock of energy, delights in loading upon his forwards the choicest of delicate ground passes, and is an artist."

Appearances per season

1919-1920 23500028
1920-1921 30300033
1921-1922 800008
1922-1923 400004
1923-1924 600006

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

7Oldham Athletic
6Manchester United
5Aston Villa
5Sheffield United
5Blackburn Rovers
4Huddersfield Town
4Bolton Wanderers
3Manchester City
3Bradford City
2Notts County
2Sheffield Wednesday
1Birmingham City
1Cardiff City
1Luton Town
1Newcastle United
1Preston North End
8FA Cup

Goals per season

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A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

TotalOpen play/Penalty
2Open play

Wartime Appearances / Goals


Stats note

Milestone Appearances

113.09.1919Aston VillaAnfieldLeague
5005.03.1921Huddersfield TownLeeds RoadLeague

Milestone Goals

16714.02.1920Blackburn RoversAnfieldLeague

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Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
St Helens Recreation N/A N/A N/A N/A
Heywood N/A N/A N/A N/A
St Helens Town N/A N/A N/A N/A
Alexandra Victoria N/A N/A N/A N/A
Leicester City 1924-1925 England Second Division 39 2 45 2
Leicester City 1925-1926 England First Division 42 3 43 3
Leicester City 1926-1927 England First Division 16 2 16 2
Tranmere Rovers 1927-1928 England Third Division North 39 0 42 1
Tranmere Rovers 1928-1929 England Third Division North 13 1 13 1
Tranmere Rovers 1929-1930 England Third Division North 34 0 34 0
Prescot Cables 1930-1932 Lancashire Combination 1 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total 183 8 193 9