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 profileScottish 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
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Goals per season
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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
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