Player profile

Bill Cockburn

Birthdate: 1899
Birthplace: Craghead, County Durham, England
Other clubs: Rosehill Villa (1919-21), Wallsend Park Villa (1921), Stockport County (1921-24), Queens Park Rangers (1928-30), Swindon Town (1930-31)
Bought from: Stockport County
Signed for LFC: £2,000, 27.05.1924
Liverpool debut: 20.09.1924
Last appearance: 18.12.1926
Contract expiry: July 1928
Win ratio: 34.33% W: 23 D: 21 L: 23
LFC league games/goals: 63 / 0
Total LFC games/goals: 67 / 0

Player profile

A strong defender with a slightly unfortunate surname that would have ensured him merciless stick on and off the field nowadays. Cockburn joined from second division Stockport County prior to the 1924/25 season. He made his debut covering for centre-half Walter Wadsworth in successive matches against Bury and Nottingham Forest early in the season, but It was as replacement for right-half Jock McNab that he made the majority of his 19 appearances that year. Cockburn missed only six of the 42 first division fixtures during the 1925/26 season featuring beside half-backs McNab and Tom Bromilow at the heart of Liverpool's defence. He figured in the first eight matches of 1926/27, but following three defeats in a row he and half-back Albert Shears made way for Tom Reid and David Pratt, but that failed to fix the leaky defence. Cockburn's appearance against West Ham United at Anfield seven days before Christmas in 1926 was his last for the club. After spending the 1927/28 season in the reserves Cockburn joined Queens Park Rangers in Third Division South. The Derby Day Telegraph praised his qualities in 1926: "He’s a tall man, now in his prime, great in breaking up, and wonderfully accurate with his long swinging passes to the wings."

Appearances per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals63400067
1924-1925 18100019
1925-1926 36300039
1926-1927 900009

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

TotalOpponent
5Leeds United
4Aston Villa
4Sheffield United
4Burnley
4West Ham United
3Tottenham
3Arsenal
3Manchester United
3Cardiff City
3Southampton
3Bury
3Manchester City
3Everton
2Bolton Wanderers
2Leicester City
2WBA
2Blackburn Rovers
2Newcastle United
2Huddersfield Town
2Sunderland
2Birmingham City
2Notts County
1Nottingham Forest
1Fulham
1Derby
1Preston North End
TotalCompetition
63League
4FA Cup

Goals per season

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1924-1925 000000
1925-1926 000000
1926-1927 000000

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TotalTeam
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TotalCompetition
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TotalGoal minute period
01-15
016-30
031-45
046-60
061-75
076-90
091-120
TotalOpen play/Penalty
0Open play
0Penalty

Wartime Appearances / Goals

SeasonAppearancesGoals
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Stats note

Milestone Appearances

#DateAgainstStadiumCompetition
120.09.1924BuryGigg LaneLeague
5027.02.1926Manchester CityMaine RoadLeague

Milestone Goals

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Related Quotes

"Liverpool did a good stroke of business when they secured William Cockburn, the former Stockport County centre half, who appears to have made the position his own in the Anfield ranks. Since getting into the League side he has improved considerably in his general play, and is quite a favourite at Anfield. Big and strong, he reminds one in many respects of Alex Raisbeck."

Swindon Advertiser and North Wilts Chronicle on 9 January 1926

The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
1924-1925 * Defender
1925-1926 * Defender
1926-1927 * Defender
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.

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