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Duncan McLean

Duncan McLean

Birthdate: 20 January 1868
Birthplace: Renton, Scotland
Date of death: 17 November 1941
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
Honours: Lancashire league 1892/93; Second Division 1893/94
LFC league games/goals: 51 / 4
Total LFC games/goals: 82 / 4

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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

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 51 8 0 0 23 82
1892-1893 0 3 0 0 22 25
1893-1894 27 3 0 0 1 31
1894-1895 24 2 0 0 0 26

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
3 Preston North End
3 Bolton Wanderers
3 Birmingham City
3 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 Grimsby Town
2 Notts County
2 Crewe
2 Southport
2 Burton Swifts
2 Fairfield
2 Port Vale
2 Rotherham Town
2 Burnley
2 Arsenal
2 Newcastle United
2 Bury
2 Walsall
2 Blackpool
2 Manchester City
2 Blackburn Rovers
2 Nottingham Forest
2 Everton
2 Wolves
2 Derby
2 Stoke City
2 Aston Villa
2 Lincoln City
1 Manchester United
1 Sunderland
1 WBA
1 Sheffield Wednesday
1 Sheffield United
1 Barnsley
1 Newtown
1 Nantwich
Total Competition
51 League
22 Lancashire League
8 FA Cup
1 Test Match

Goals per season

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

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Competition
4 League
Total Open play/Penalty
3 Open play
1 Penalty

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 03.09.1892 Higher Walton Anfield Other
50 17.03.1894 Lincoln City John O' Gaunts League

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 5 07.10.1893 Middlesbrough I. Anfield League

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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

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