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Jim McBride

Jim McBride

Birthdate: 30 December 1873
Birthplace: Renton, Dunbartonshire, Scotland
Date of death: 25 May 1899
Other clubs: Renton Wanderers (1889-90), Renton (1890-92), Manchester City (1894-97), Ashton North End (1897-98)
Bought from: Renton
Signed for LFC: June 1892
Liverpool debut: 03.09.1892
Last appearance: 27.10.1894
Debut goal: 03.09.1892
Last goal: 01.01.1894
Contract expiry: December 1894
Win ratio: 75% W:42 D:8 L:6
Games/goals ratio: 8
Honours: Lancashire league 1892/93; Second Division 1893/94
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 2 / 0
LFC league games/goals: 30 / 3
Total LFC games/goals: 56 / 7

Player profile

Centre-half McBride was a regular member of the Liverpool team that won the Lancashire league in the club's first-ever season and the second division championship in the 1893/94 season. He was thus described: "McBride makes up by science what he loses by height. He is fearless and bold, and but a stripling." The Scotsman was a regular in the 1893/94 season in which Liverpool won the Second Division. McBride only played five more times the following season as the team finished bottom of the table with 22 points and then losing the decisive Test Match to Bury. McBride moved to Manchester City in the Second Division and finished second to champions Liverpool in 1895/96, just missing out on promotion. He spent a couple of more seasons with City before joining neighbours, Ashton North End, in the Lancashire league. 

Willie Maley, who was Celtic‘s manager for no less than 43 years, told an amusing story about then Renton players and future Liverpool teammates; McBride and Andrew Hannah, in the Evening Times in 1954. The first League international game between England and Scotland took place on 11 April 1892 on Pike's Lane in Bolton with the English equalising 2-2 in the last minute. Hannah and McBride were in the Scottish side along with Maley, who lived to be 90-years-old and was in 1954 the sole survivor of this clash. “The Scottish players‘ reward for that game was 10s each with a cap and jersey,“ Maley recollected. “On the way home in the usual large saloon carriage, McBride of Renton F.C., a young lad of 17, tired out fell sound asleep – and Hannah, his club captain, relieved him of the golden half sovereign he told us he was taking home “to his mither". When morning came McBride found his gold coin had miraculously turned into a silver sixpence to the astonishment of this “laddie“, who was possibly the youngest of internationalists of my experience. Hannah, of course, later “replaced“ the gold coin.“ McBride died suddenly in his home in Manchester on 25 May 1899, only 25 years of age.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 30 5 0 0 21 56
1892-1893 0 3 0 0 20 23
1893-1894 25 2 0 0 1 28
1894-1895 5 0 0 0 0 5

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
3 Grimsby Town
2 Notts County
2 Crewe
2 Manchester City
2 Arsenal
2 Birmingham City
2 Lincoln City
2 Newcastle United
2 Bury
2 Walsall
2 Fairfield
2 Northwich Vict.
2 Fleetwood Rangers
2 Heywood Central
2 Higher Walton
2 Middlesbrough I.
2 Nelson
2 South Shore
2 West Manchester
2 Rossendale
2 Rotherham Town
1 Newtown
1 Nantwich
1 Preston North End
1 Blackpool
1 Manchester United
1 Sheffield United
1 Stoke City
1 Aston Villa
1 Port Vale
1 Everton
1 Southport
1 Burton Swifts
Total Competition
30 League
20 Lancashire League
5 FA Cup
1 Test Match

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 3 0 0 0 4 7
1892-1893 0 0 0 0 4 4
1893-1894 3 0 0 0 0 3
1894-1895 0 0 0 0 0 0

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Competition
4 Lancashire League
3 League
Total Open play/Penalty
7 Open play

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 03.09.1892 Higher Walton Anfield Other
50 07.04.1894 Burslem Port Vale Cobridge League

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 0 03.09.1892 Higher Walton Anfield Other

Related Articles

Liverpool Mercury notes

The Liverpool Mercury on 27 November, 1893More

Related Quotes

McBride, who will be entrusted with the defence of the left wing, is a player of the first water. Although diminutive in stature, he possesses a wonderful amount of strength, and never knows when he is beaten.

Field Sport on James McBride in 1892