Player profile

Abraham Hartley

Abraham Hartley

Birthdate: 8 February 1872
Birthplace: Dumbarton, Scotland
Date of death: 9 October 1909
Other clubs: Artizan Thistle, Dumbarton (1892), Everton (1892-97), Southampton (1898-99), Woolwich Arsenal (1899), Burnley (1899-1900)
Bought from: Everton
Signed for LFC: £175, 17.12.1897
Liverpool debut: 25.12.1897
Last appearance: 02.03.1898
Debut goal: 29.12.1897
Last goal: 29.12.1897
Contract expiry: May 1898
Win ratio: 33.33% W:4 D:3 L:5
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 5 / 2
LFC league games/goals: 7 / 1
Total LFC games/goals: 12 / 1

Player profile

Dumbarton won the first two seasons of the Scottish Football League from 1890-1892, but only finished fifth, ten points behind Celtic, in Hartley's only season at the club in which he played eight games and scored five goals. He moved south of the border to Everton where he never played more than 15 games a season but almost scored in every other game in his 61 appearances. Hartley joined neighbours Liverpool in December 1897 after he had scored three goals in as many games for Everton that season. He was picked for seven first division matches for Liverpool during the 1897/98 season. He scored just once, the winning goal in a 2-1 away win at Sheffield United on 29 December 1897. Hartley also figured in five FA Cup ties that year, including the day when Liverpool were thrashed 5-1 by Derby County at Anfield in a third round replay, after they had seemingly done the hard part by earning a 1-1 draw in Derby a week before. Hartley moved to Woolwich Arsenal in the Second Division in July 1899 where he scored once in five appearances. He struggled to get into the side and was sold in December the same year to Burnley. His five goals from thirteen appearances were unable to prevent Burnley being relegated to the Second Division at the end of that season.

Interestingly Hartley had the habit of placing a rolled-up cigarette behind one ear prior to kick-off, somehow keeping it tucked up there for 45 minutes and then smoking it at half-time! In May 1898 Hartley joined Southern league's Southampton who won the League title for the third consecutive season to which he contributed 14 league goals. Hartley died only 37 years of age on 9 October 1909 after collapsing due to heart failure outside the pay office of London and South Western Railway at the Southampton docks.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 7 5 0 0 0 12
1897-1898 7 5 0 0 0 12

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
2 Sheffield United
2 Derby
2 Sunderland
2 Manchester United
1 Blackburn Rovers
1 Bolton Wanderers
1 Hucknall St Johns
Total Competition
7 League
5 FA Cup

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 1 0 0 0 0 1
1897-1898 1 0 0 0 0 1

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Opponent
1 Sheffield United
Total Competition
1 League
Total Goal minute period
Total Open play/Penalty
1 Open play

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 25.12.1897 Bolton Wanderers Burnden Park League

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 55 29.12.1897 Sheffield United Bramall Lane League