Player profile

Billy Dunlop

Birthdate: 11 August 1874
Birthplace: Hurlford, Scotland
Date of death: 28 November 1941
Other clubs: Hurlford, Annbank, Kilmarnock, Abercorn (1893-95)
Bought from: Abercorn
Signed for LFC: £35, 28.01.1895
International debut: 07.04.1906 vs. England
International caps: 1/0
Liverpool debut: 25.03.1895
Last appearance: 17.04.1909
Debut goal: 16.02.1898
Last goal: 11.03.1905
Contract expiry: January 1910
Win ratio: 47.93% W: 174 D: 69 L: 120
Honours: League Championship 1900/01, 1905/06; Second Division 1895/96, 1904/05
LFC league games/goals: 325 / 2
Total LFC games/goals: 363 / 3

Player profile

Scottish-born left-back Dunlop first appeared in Liverpool's first team towards the end of the 1894/95 season and stayed at the club for no less than 15 years! Dunlop was a regular in the following season but was out of action with an ankle injury from late October to the end of February, but despite his absence Liverpool were promoted back to the First Division. Tom Wilkie and Archie Goldie, the latter incidentally born in the same suburb of Kilmarnock as Dunlop, proved to be a sound full-back pair, but Dunlop finally reclaimed his first-team place from Wilkie for the last seven matches of the 1896/97 season and became a regular in the side for the next decade and a prominent member of the squad who won Liverpool's first-ever first division title in 1901, a feat repeated five years later. In July 1911 he was appointed assistant trainer at Sunderland. Dunlop was the team's captain from 1899-1900.

According to Liverpool's match programme from 17 September 1904: "Dunlop plays a characteristic full-back game, and the familiar cry of on the Anfield ground 'Boot it, Dunlop' is fairly suggestive of his method of defence. There can be no two opinions of his ability to kick the ball from almost any position. Always keen and watchful on the field, he betrays his over-anxiety to repel the invader by his terrific lunges, and on his day, there is no more brilliant player than this same Dunlop. A better servant no club ever possessed, and though we may occasionally differ from him as to the methods he employs on the field, on one point we must all agree, that for downright single-mindedness of purpose Dunlop's tactics have never been questioned."

Appearances per season

1894-1895 400015
1895-1896 13000013
1896-1897 520007
1897-1898 20500025
1898-1899 33600039
1899-1900 34400038
1900-1901 33200035
1901-1902 33300036
1902-1903 28100029
1903-1904 21100022
1904-1905 32200034
1905-1906 31500137
1906-1907 23400027
1907-1908 200002
1908-1909 13100014

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

20Blackburn Rovers
18Sheffield Wednesday
17Nottingham Forest
17Aston Villa
17Sheffield United
17Notts County
16Stoke City
15Newcastle United
14Bolton Wanderers
12Manchester City
12Preston North End
9Birmingham City
7Manchester United
7Grimsby Town
4Glossop North End
4Port Vale
3Bradford City
3Leicester City
3Bristol City
2Lincoln City
2Doncaster Rovers
2Burton Swifts
2Burton Wanderers
2Burton United
2Gainsborough Trinity
1Hucknall St Johns
1West Ham United
1Oldham Athletic

Goals per season

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1897-1898 010001
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1903-1904 100001
1904-1905 100001
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A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

1FA Cup
TotalOpen play/Penalty
3Open play

Wartime Appearances / Goals

No records to display.

Stats note

Milestone Appearances

5016.04.1898Aston VillaAnfieldLeague
10004.11.1899Sheffield UnitedAnfieldLeague
15016.02.1901Bolton WanderersBurnden ParkLeague
20013.09.1902SunderlandRoker ParkLeague
25001.09.1904Burton UnitedAnfieldLeague
30026.12.1905StokeVictoria GroundLeague
35028.11.1908Manchester CityAnfieldLeague

Milestone Goals

1016.02.1898Newton HeathAnfieldFA Cup

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"There are some men who perform brilliantly in their various positions on the field, but there was never one who year in, year out has given such wholehearted service as Dunlop to Liverpool."

From the club programme on Billy Dunlop

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