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Joe McQue

Joe McQue

Birthdate: 11 March 1873
Birthplace: Springburn, Glasgow, Scotland
Date of death: 11 June 1914
Other clubs: Campsie Black Watch, East Stirlingshire, Campsie, Celtic, Falkirk
Bought from: Celtic
Signed for LFC: August 1892
Liverpool debut: 03.09.1892
Last appearance: 02.03.1898
Debut goal: 03.09.1892
Last goal: 29.01.1898
Contract expiry: September 1898
Win ratio: 56.34% W:80 D:25 L:37
Games/goals ratio: 10.14
Honours: Lancashire league 1892/93; Second Division 1893/94, 1895/96
LFC league games/goals: 103 / 10
Total LFC games/goals: 142 / 14

Player profile

Scottish centre-half McQue was in the Liverpool team that won the Lancashire league in the club's inaugural season. His claim to fame is also scoring in Liverpool's first-ever Football League match in 1893, a second division fixture away to Middlesbrough Ironopolis. He was described as "a finely built young fellow, with superb tackling powers and excellent judgement of the ball." He only missed two games as the club easily won the title by 12 points from Small Heath in second place, winning 22 and drawing six of their 28 games. McQue initially struggled with the pace of the First Division. "Compared with last year's brilliance a great falling off is most noticeable in McQue," Liverpool Mercury reported. Liverpool weren't strong or experienced enough to cope with life in First Division, but only Tommy Bradshaw made more League appearances for the club than McQue in 1894/95. Liverpool were relegated but went straight up again as champions. McQue started the 1896/97 season as a regular but six weeks into the campaign the diminutive Robert Neill replaced him. Neill returned home the following season so McQue got more chances in his final season at Anfield, playing 19 games.

McQue had an excellent eye for goal and 14 goals for a defender at that time was a terrific return.

After undergoing an operation at the Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow, McQue died only 40 years of age.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 103 16 0 0 23 142
1892-1893 0 2 0 0 18 20
1893-1894 26 3 0 0 1 30
1894-1895 29 3 0 0 0 32
1895-1896 26 2 0 0 4 32
1896-1897 8 1 0 0 0 9
1897-1898 14 5 0 0 0 19

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
6 Derby
6 WBA
6 Birmingham City
5 Bolton Wanderers
5 Grimsby Town
5 Burton Swifts
5 Manchester United
5 Blackburn Rovers
4 Nottingham Forest
4 Everton
4 Wolves
4 Preston North End
4 Sheffield United
4 Lincoln City
4 Sunderland
4 Manchester City
4 Notts County
4 Crewe
4 Sheffield Wednesday
4 Port Vale
4 Rotherham Town
3 Northwich Vict.
3 Stoke City
3 Bury
2 Walsall
2 Newcastle United
2 Barnsley
2 Burnley
2 Arsenal
2 Southport
2 Fairfield
2 Burton Wanderers
2 Heywood Central
2 Higher Walton
2 Loughborough
2 Middlesbrough I.
2 Nelson
2 West Manchester
2 Rossendale
1 Hucknall St Johns
1 Nantwich
1 South Shore
1 Darwen
1 Leicester City
1 Millwall
1 Aston Villa
1 Blackpool
Total Competition
103 League
18 Lancashire League
16 FA Cup
5 Test Match

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 10 2 0 0 2 14
1892-1893 0 0 0 0 2 2
1893-1894 2 1 0 0 0 3
1894-1895 1 0 0 0 0 1
1895-1896 5 0 0 0 0 5
1896-1897 0 0 0 0 0 0
1897-1898 2 1 0 0 0 3

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Competition
10 League
2 FA Cup
2 Lancashire League
Total Open play/Penalty
14 Open play

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 03.09.1892 Higher Walton Anfield Other
50 28.04.1894 Newton Heath Ewood Park Other
100 11.01.1896 Woolwich Arsenal Anfield League

Milestone Goals

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

Related Articles

Small Heath's captain loses his head!

McQue in rough play against Small Heath on 14 October 1893.More

Related Quotes

McQue, the centre half, is a finely built young fellow, with superb tackling powers and excellent judgement of the ball, and it is certain that Celtic's loss will prove a gain to Liverpool.

Field Sport on Joe McQue in 1892

Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Campsie Black Watch Scotland N/A N/A N/A N/A
East Stirlingshire Scotland N/A N/A N/A N/A
Campsie Scotland N/A N/A N/A N/A
Celtic 1890-1892 Scotland 1 0 0 0 0
Falkirk 1898-1899 Scotland 2 0 5 0
Total 2 0 5 0
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