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Ken Brierley

Ken Brierley

Birthdate: 3 April 1926
Birthplace: Ashton-under-Lyne, England
Date of death: 2004
Other clubs: Oldham Athletic (1945-48), Oldham Athletic (2 / 1953-55), Stalybridge Celtic (1955-56), Mossley (1956-58)
Bought from: Oldham Athletic
Signed for LFC: £7,000, 28.02.1948
Liverpool debut: 06.03.1948
Last appearance: 03.01.1953
Debut goal: 21.04.1948
Last goal: 08.11.1952
Contract expiry: 04.03.1953
Win ratio: 36.07% W:22 D:18 L:21
Games/goals ratio: 7.63
LFC league games/goals: 60 / 8
Total LFC games/goals: 61 / 8

Player profile

Skilful left-winger Brierley had played over 50 League matches for Oldham in Third Division North before signing for League champions Liverpool in February 1948. He appeared in ten of the last eleven matches of the 1947/48 season and notched his first goal for the club as Everton were beaten 4-0 at Anfield on 21 April 1948. Brierley never really established himself in the Liverpool team and the highest number of League appearances he made in a season was just thirteen, in 1948/49. He returned to his former club Oldham in March 1953.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 60 1 0 0 0 61
1947-1948 10 0 0 0 0 10
1948-1949 13 1 0 0 0 14
1949-1950 11 0 0 0 0 11
1950-1951 5 0 0 0 0 5
1951-1952 11 0 0 0 0 11
1952-1953 10 0 0 0 0 10

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
6 Wolves
4 Burnley
4 Portsmouth
4 Sunderland
4 Charlton Athletic
4 Manchester City
3 Huddersfield Town
3 Middlesbrough
3 Derby
3 Tottenham
2 Arsenal
2 Stoke City
2 Aston Villa
2 Manchester United
2 Newcastle United
2 Chelsea
2 Blackpool
1 Sheffield United
1 Blackburn Rovers
1 Nottingham Forest
1 Everton
1 Preston North End
1 Birmingham City
1 Fulham
1 Bolton Wanderers
1 WBA
Total Competition
60 League
1 FA Cup

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 8 0 0 0 0 8
1947-1948 1 0 0 0 0 1
1948-1949 0 0 0 0 0 0
1949-1950 5 0 0 0 0 5
1950-1951 0 0 0 0 0 0
1951-1952 1 0 0 0 0 1
1952-1953 1 0 0 0 0 1

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Competition
8 League
Total Goal minute period
1 1-15 minutes
2 16-30 minutes
1 61-75 minutes
4 76-90 minutes
Total Open play/Penalty
8 Open play

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 06.03.1948 Huddersfield Town Anfield League
50 19.01.1952 Sunderland Roker Park League

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 81 21.04.1948 Everton Anfield League

Related Quotes

"George was meticulous about drinking before a game. On the Friday night before a home game we’d stay at a hotel in Southport. I remember one occasion, we’d just signed a inside-left from Oldham called Ken Brierley. We sat down for lunch and Ken was there with a glass of beer. That was unheard off and we couldn’t believe it. Anyway, as we took our seat, Ken asked Jack Balmer, who was our captain, if it was okay. Jack replied, ‘Oh yes, we always have a pint before a game.’ When George Kay came in, he walked straight over to Ken and pulled the glass away. Ken was astonished and George told him straight, ‘When you are a Liverpool player, you do not drink before a game!’"

Albert Stubbins on a trick played on Ken Brierley

Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Oldham Athletic 1945-1946 0 0 4 0
Oldham Athletic 1946-1947 England Third Division North 34 1 36 1
Oldham Athletic 1947-1948 England Third Division North 24 4 26 5
Oldham Athletic 1952-1953 England Third Division North 15 1 15 1
Oldham Athletic 1953-1954 England Second Division 37 2 38 2
Oldham Athletic 1954-1955 England Third Division North 15 2 15 2
Stalybridge Celtic 1955-1956 Cheshire County League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Mossley 1956-1958 Cheshire County League 78 10 78 10
Total 203 20 212 21
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