Player profile

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 (1914-19)
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". The Liverpool Echo reported on his transfer: "John Bovill, the ex-Chesterfield and Scottish player, has gone to Ireland. He is to help Linfield, and Ireland will be all the richer in good fun, for this comedian of a player will delight the Irish folk even more than he did the Liverpool crowd."

Appearances per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals27200029
1911-1912 23200025
1912-1913 100001
1913-1914 300003

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

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

Goals per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals700007
1911-1912 700007
1912-1913 000000
1913-1914 000000

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

TotalCompetition
7League
TotalGoal minute period
21-15 minutes
016-30
031-45
346-60 minutes
161-75 minutes
176-90 minutes
091-120
TotalOpen play/Penalty
7Open play
0Penalty

Wartime Appearances / Goals

SeasonAppearancesGoals
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Stats note

Milestone Appearances

#DateAgainstStadiumCompetition
104.09.1911Bolton WanderersBurnden ParkLeague

Milestone Goals

#MinuteDateAgainstStadiumCompetition
11204.11.1911Notts CountyAnfieldLeague

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The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
1911-1912 * Striker
1912-1913 * Striker
1913-1914 * Striker
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.

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