Player profile

Russell Crossley

Birthdate: 25 June 1927
Birthplace: Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire, England
Other clubs: Shrewsbury Town (1954-59), Kettering Town (1959-61)
Bought from: Army football
Signed for LFC: June 1947
Liverpool debut: 21.10.1950
Last appearance: 13.02.1954
Contract expiry: July 1954
Win ratio: 28.77% W: 21 D: 16 L: 36
LFC league games/goals: 68 / 0
Total LFC games/goals: 73 / 0

Player profile

Russell Crossley has the worst average of all goalkeepers in Liverpool’s history having conceded 138 goals in 73 matches or 1.89 goals a game! He has also the fewest amounts of clean sheets, only 11. The number of goals a ‘keeper concedes is of course not totally down to him but the team as a whole and keep in mind the Reds were relegated to the Second Division for the first time in 49 years in his final season at the club. Cyril Sidlow started the 1950/51 season as Liverpool’s main ‘keeper but Crossley had taken his place by late October. The irony was Sidlow himself had alerted Liverpool to Crossley who had been the Welshman’s stand-in in his Army team during the War. Charlie Ashcroft finished the season in goal after Crossley conceded four goals against Huddersfield on 31 March 1951. Crossley didn’t reclaim the goalkeeper’s jersey until the middle of December and kept hold of it until early February 1952. Crossley featured in 36 League games in the following two seasons with Liverpool finally being relegated.

Appearances per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals68500073
1950-1951 24100025
1951-1952 8200010
1952-1953 18100019
1953-1954 18100019

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

TotalOpponent
6Blackpool
6Wolves
5Charlton Athletic
4Portsmouth
4Sunderland
4Huddersfield Town
4Chelsea
3Sheffield Wednesday
3Bolton Wanderers
3WBA
3Burnley
3Arsenal
3Aston Villa
3Cardiff City
3Middlesbrough
3Derby
2Stoke City
2Newcastle United
2Manchester City
1Everton
1Fulham
1Sheffield United
1Norwich City
1Tottenham
1Workington
1Gateshead
TotalCompetition
68League
5FA Cup

Goals per season

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A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

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
121.10.1950MiddlesbroughAnfieldLeague
5023.03.1953ChelseaStamford BridgeLeague

Milestone Goals

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The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
1950-1951 * Goalkeeper
1951-1952 * Goalkeeper
1952-1953 * Goalkeeper
1953-1954 * Goalkeeper
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.

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