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John Bovill

John Bovill

Birthdate: 21 March 1886
Birthplace: Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Date of death: 1935
Other clubs: Strathclyde Juniors, Rangers (1907-08), Blackburn Rovers (1908-09), Chesterfield Town (1909-11), Linfield (1914-16)
Bought from: Chesterfield Town
Signed for LFC: N/A, April 1911
Liverpool debut: 04.09.1911
Last appearance: 25.10.1913
Debut goal: 04.11.1911
Last goal: 06.01.1912
Contract expiry: May 1914
Win ratio: 37.93% W:11 D:4 L:14
Games/goals ratio: 4.14
LFC league games/goals: 27 / 7
Total LFC games/goals: 29 / 7

Player profile

When Chesterfield lost its League status, fiery-tempered Bovill stayed with the club, scoring 31 goals in 77 Midland league games. Bovill made 29 appearances for Liverpool in the period leading up to World War I. The bulk of those games were in the 1911/12 season, when he scored seven times from 25 matches. He was to make only a further four appearances for the club in the next two seasons, the club programme complaining that his main fault was "lack of deadliness in front of goal", but his main strength being a "hard worker" and delivering "neat, low forward passes of value to his partners". In May 1914 he transferred to Linfield, playing for them for two seasons in the Irish League.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 27 2 0 0 0 29
1911-1912 23 2 0 0 0 25
1912-1913 1 0 0 0 0 1
1913-1914 3 0 0 0 0 3

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
3 Newcastle United
3 Bolton Wanderers
2 WBA
2 Sunderland
2 Oldham Athletic
2 Blackburn Rovers
1 Everton
1 Sheffield United
1 Manchester City
1 Aston Villa
1 Manchester United
1 Bury
1 Preston North End
1 Chelsea
1 Arsenal
1 Fulham
1 Sheffield Wednesday
1 Tottenham
1 Bradford City
1 Notts County
1 Leyton
Total Competition
27 League
2 FA Cup

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 7 0 0 0 0 7
1911-1912 7 0 0 0 0 7
1912-1913 0 0 0 0 0 0
1913-1914 0 0 0 0 0 0

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Competition
7 League
Total Goal minute period
2 1-15 minutes
1 61-75 minutes
1 76-90 minutes
Total Open play/Penalty
7 Open play

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 04.09.1911 Bolton Wanderers Burnden Park League

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 12 04.11.1911 Notts County Anfield League

Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Rangers 1907-1908 Scotland Division 1 2 0 2 0
Blackburn Rovers 1908-1909 England First Division 0 0 0 0
Chesterfield 1908-1909 England Second Division 18 3 20 4
Chesterfield 1909-1911 Midland League 77 31 77 31
Linfield 1914-1915 Irish League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Linfield 1915-1916 Irish League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total 97 34 99 35
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