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John Glover

John Glover

Birthdate: 28 October 1876
Birthplace: West Bromwich, England
Date of death: 20 April 1955
Other clubs: Halesowen (1894-95), Rudge-Whitworth (1895), Newton Albion (1895-96), West Bromwich Albion (1896-97), Blackburn Rovers (1897-99), New Brompton (1899-1900), Small Heath [Birmingham from 1905] (1904-08), Brierley Hill Alliance (1908-10)
Bought from: Blackburn Rovers
Signed for LFC: £350, 09.05.1900
Liverpool debut: 20.10.1900
Last appearance: 27.04.1903
Contract expiry: 12.01.1904
Win ratio: 42.37% W:25 D:14 L:20
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 8 / 0
LFC league games/goals: 58 / 0
Total LFC games/goals: 59 / 0

Player profile

Glover was a strong, little right-back who was said to be gipsy-like in appearance. He was quiet and unassuming on the field and relied more on skill than brute force. Glover didn't make the first team at his hometown club, West Bromwich Albion, but managed to play 23 games for Blackburn's first team in his debut season at Ewood Park. Owing to injury and the emergence of future England captain Bob Crompton he moved south to join New Brompton (who in 1912 changed their name to Gillingham) in the Southern league. His contract was still owned by Blackburn Rovers as New Brompton was outside the Football League and was sold to Liverpool in May 1900. Glover experienced Championship success at Liverpool in the 1900/01 season, the first of 18 Division One titles for the Reds. Glover played in ten of the 34 matches that season replacing John Robertson, who returned for the last three games of the campaign.

Glover started the following year as first-choice, but was replaced half-way through the season by aforementioned Robertson. Glover reclaimed his place following Roberton's move in the summer of 1902 and missed only four of the 34 first division fixtures of 1902/03 which Liverpool finished in fifth place. At the end of the season Glover was caught accepting illegal financial inducements from Portsmouth to sign for the south-coast club. As a result he along with teammates Bill Goldie and Sam Raybould were banned from football until 31 December 1903 and from ever signing for Portsmouth. Glover left Liverpool in January 1904 despite Liverpool's offer of maximum wage for a new contract and played 124 League games for first division Small Heath from 1904-1908, until Birmingham (as the club changed its name to in 1905) were relegated in the 1907/08 season.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 58 1 0 0 0 59
1900-1901 10 0 0 0 0 10
1901-1902 18 0 0 0 0 18
1902-1903 30 1 0 0 0 31

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
4 Stoke City
4 Sunderland
4 Aston Villa
4 Newcastle United
4 Bury
4 Everton
4 Sheffield Wednesday
4 Notts County
3 Wolves
3 Bolton Wanderers
3 Derby
3 Nottingham Forest
3 Sheffield United
2 Manchester City
2 Blackburn Rovers
2 Birmingham City
2 Grimsby Town
1 WBA
1 Middlesbrough
1 Preston North End
1 Manchester United
Total Competition
58 League
1 FA Cup

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 20.10.1900 Notts County Trent Bridge League
50 07.03.1903 Newcastle United Anfield League

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Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Halesowen 1894-1895 Birmingham & District League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Rudge-Whitworth 1895 Coventry & District League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Newton Albion 1895-1896 N/A N/A N/A N/A
WBA 1896-1897 England First Division 0 0 0 0
Blackburn Rovers 1897-1898 England First Division 23 0 25 0
Blackburn Rovers 1898-1899 England First Division 2 0 2 0
New Brompton 1899-1900 Southern League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Birmingham City 1903-1904 England First Division 14 0 14 0
Birmingham City 1904-1905 England First Division 24 0 25 0
Birmingham City 1905-1906 England First Division 32 0 38 0
Birmingham City 1906-1907 England First Division 33 2 34 2
Birmingham City 1907-1908 England First Division 13 0 13 0
Brierley Hill Alliance 1908-1910 Birmingham & District League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total 141 2 151 2
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