Player profile

John McLean

Birthdate: 22 May 1870
Birthplace: Port Glasgow, Scotland
Other clubs: Greenock Volunteers (1890-94), Grimsby Town (1897-98), Bristol City (1898-1902), Bristol Rovers (1902-04), Millwall (1904-06), Queens Park Rangers (1906-08)
Bought from: Greenock Volunteers
Signed for LFC: N/A, 10.10.1894
Liverpool debut: 10.11.1894
Last appearance: 09.11.1895
Contract expiry: June 1897
Win ratio: 44.83% W: 13 D: 5 L: 11
LFC league games/goals: 26 / 0
Total LFC games/goals: 29 / 0

Player profile

McLean was yet another of Liverpool's early Scottish contingent and he arrived at Anfield during the 1894/95 season to try and shore up a defence that was leaking goals all over the place, 31 in the first dozen fixtures of a traumatic debut season in the top division. McLean made his Liverpool debut in a 3-1 loss to Stoke on 10 November 1894. The Liverpool Mercury reported on his debut: "J. McLean turned out a real champion. He is the rough diamond, and only requires polishing to be a really first-class player." A swift return to the Second Division was inevitable long before it was confirmed. In March 1895 McLean was criticized as he had "fostered a desire for dribbling and forward work, which is of no earthly use to his side, for, as generally is the case, he is robbed or his final pass interposed, and when the ball is sent to his opposing forwards he is in nine cases out of ten out of his place, and consequently a much larger share of work fell to the backs." McLean could play as right or left half-back but those two positions were mostly taken by John McCartney and John Holmes in 1895/96 so he only added a further eight appearances to his total.

Appearances per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals26200129
1894-1895 18200121
1895-1896 800008

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

TotalOpponent
2Derby
2Sunderland
2Preston North End
2Nottingham Forest
2Birmingham City
2Sheffield Wednesday
2Port Vale
2Barnsley
1Grimsby Town
1Notts County
1Burton Wanderers
1Loughborough
1Everton
1Wolves
1Bolton Wanderers
1Leicester City
1WBA
1Newcastle United
1Bury
1Stoke City
1Sheffield United
TotalCompetition
26League
2FA Cup
1Test Match

Goals per season

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1894-1895 000000
1895-1896 000000

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TotalTeam
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TotalCompetition
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TotalGoal minute period
01-15
016-30
031-45
046-60
061-75
076-90
091-120
TotalOpen play/Penalty
0Open play
0Penalty

Wartime Appearances / Goals

SeasonAppearancesGoals
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Stats note

Milestone Appearances

#DateAgainstStadiumCompetition
110.11.1894Stoke CityVictoria GroundLeague

Milestone Goals

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The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
1894-1895 * Defender
1895-1896 * Defender
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.

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