Player profile

Sam Gilligan

Birthdate: 18 January 1882
Birthplace: Dundee, Scotland
Date of death: June 1965
Other clubs: Dalry (1898-1901), Belmont Athletic (1901), Dundee Violet (1901-02), Dundee (1902–03), Celtic (1903-04), Bristol City (1904-10), Gillingham (1913-15)
Bought from: Bristol City
Signed for LFC: May 1910
Liverpool debut: 24.09.1910
Last appearance: 14.12.1912
Debut goal: 24.09.1910
Last goal: 27.04.1912
Contract expiry: July 1913
Win ratio: 47.5% W: 19 D: 8 L: 13
Games/goals ratio: 2.5
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 11 / 5
LFC league games/goals: 40 / 16
Total LFC games/goals: 40 / 16

Player profile

Gilligan moved from Scottish Cup champions Celtic, where he had scored 13 goals in ten games, to second division Bristol City before the 1904/05 season. He was an instant success, scoring 17 goals in 37 games in his debut season and 20 goals in 37 League games when City won the Second Division in the 1905/06 season. He played for the Bristol City team who lost 1-0 to Manchester United in the 1909 FA Cup final and a year later moved to League runners-up Liverpool. Gilligan made a scoring debut at Manchester City on 24 September 1910 and although he was also selected for the next game at home to Everton, he wasn't picked for the first team again until February, when he started a run of 13 matches until the end of that 1910/11 season. His appearances were more frequent the following year, but Liverpool were on the brink of relegation on the last day when the Reds faced Oldham at Boundary Park. Gilligan was Liverpool's hero on the day scoring the winner in the second minute, his eleventh goal from 23 games, and keeping his club in the top division. He left for Gillingham the following summer and stayed there two years as player-manager in the Southern league.

Appearances per season

1910-1911 15000015
1911-1912 23000023
1912-1913 200002

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

3Sheffield Wednesday
3Oldham Athletic
3Bolton Wanderers
2Manchester City
2Bradford City
2Notts County
2Aston Villa
2Manchester United
2Preston North End
1Bristol City
1Sheffield United
1Newcastle United
1Blackburn Rovers

Goals per season

1910-1911 500005
1911-1912 11000011
1912-1913 000000

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

TotalOpen play/Penalty
16Open play

Wartime Appearances / Goals

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Stats note

Milestone Appearances

124.09.1910Manchester CityHyde RoadLeague

Milestone Goals

13524.09.1910Manchester CityHyde RoadLeague

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The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
1910-1911 * Striker
1911-1912 * Striker
1912-1913 * Striker
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.