Player profile

Duncan McLean

Birthdate: 20 January 1868
Birthplace: Renton, Scotland
Other clubs: Renton Union, Renton (1888-90), Everton (1890-92), St Bernard's (1895-99)
Bought from: Everton
Signed for LFC: July 1892
International debut: 21.03.1896 vs. Wales
International caps: 2/0 - 27.03.1897
Liverpool debut: 03.09.1892
Last appearance: 20.04.1895
Debut goal: 07.10.1893
Last goal: 28.03.1894
Contract expiry: October 1895
Win ratio: 59.76% W: 49 D: 16 L: 17
LFC league games/goals: 51 / 4
Total LFC games/goals: 82 / 4

Player profile

In 1890 McLean left the famed Scottish amateurs Renton rejoining his former captain Andrew Hannah at Everton in the professional English League. A year later he won the League Championship but followed former Everton President, John Houlding, out of the club in 1892, to join Houlding's new outfit, Liverpool. Strongly-built McLean was a regular in the first team during his distinguished Liverpool career. McLean's adventurous play seemed though to displease the Liverpool directors on account of these programme notes for a Cliftonville game in April 1893: "Why will McLean persist in marring his really brilliant and effective play by getting too far away from his own goal? By all means back up the halves, but a full-back has no business whatever amongst the forwards, except on the defensive. If Mac will get rid of this one fault he will be as good a back as there is in England today."

Liverpool struggled right from the start in their first top division season in 1894/95, winning just one of their first 17 League matches, and were not surprisingly relegated back to the Second Division. This proved to be McLean's final season for the club and he joined Scottish Cup winners St Bernard's from Edinburgh, skippering the side and finally gaining international recognition, probably made easier by the fact that he was playing now on the "right side" of the border.

Appearances per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals518002382
1892-1893 03002225
1893-1894 27300131
1894-1895 24200026

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

TotalOpponent
3Preston North End
3Bolton Wanderers
3Birmingham City
3Northwich Vict.
2Fleetwood Rangers
2Heywood Central
2Higher Walton
2Middlesbrough I.
2Nelson
2South Shore
2West Manchester
2Rossendale
2Port Vale
2Grimsby Town
2Notts County
2Crewe
2Southport
2Burton Swifts
2Fairfield
2Burnley
2Arsenal
2Blackpool
2Manchester City
2Blackburn Rovers
2Nottingham Forest
2Everton
2Wolves
2Derby
2Stoke City
2Aston Villa
2Lincoln City
2Rotherham United
2Newcastle United
2Bury
2Walsall
1Manchester United
1Sunderland
1WBA
1Barnsley
1Sheffield Wednesday
1Newtown
1Nantwich
1Sheffield United
TotalCompetition
51League
22Lancashire League
8FA Cup
1Test Match

Goals per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals400004
1892-1893 000000
1893-1894 400004
1894-1895 000000

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

TotalCompetition
4League
TotalOpen play/Penalty
3Open play
1Penalty

Wartime Appearances / Goals

SeasonAppearancesGoals
No records to display.

Stats note

Milestone Appearances

#DateAgainstStadiumCompetition
103.09.1892Higher WaltonAnfieldOther
5017.03.1894Lincoln CityJohn O' GauntsLeague

Milestone Goals

#MinuteDateAgainstStadiumCompetition
1507.10.1893Middlesbrough I.AnfieldLeague

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Related Quotes

"Why will McLean persist in marring his really brilliant and effective play by getting too far away from his own goal? By all means back up the halves, but a full-back has no business whatever amongst the forwards, except on the defensive. If Mac will get rid of this one fault he will be as good a back as there is in England today."

Liverpool directors on Duncan McLean in the programme notes against Cliftonville in April 1893

The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
1892-1893 * Defender
1893-1894 * Defender
1894-1895 * Defender
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.

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