Player profile

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.

Appearances per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals103160023142
1892-1893 02001820
1893-1894 26300130
1894-1895 29300032
1895-1896 26200432
1896-1897 810009
1897-1898 14500019

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

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

Goals per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals10200214
1892-1893 000022
1893-1894 210003
1894-1895 100001
1895-1896 500005
1896-1897 000000
1897-1898 210003

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

TotalCompetition
10League
2FA Cup
2Lancashire League
TotalOpen play/Penalty
14Open play
0Penalty

Wartime Appearances / Goals

SeasonAppearancesGoals
No records to display.

Stats note

Milestone Appearances

#DateAgainstStadiumCompetition
103.09.1892Higher WaltonAnfieldOther
5028.04.1894Newton HeathEwood ParkOther
10011.01.1896Woolwich ArsenalAnfieldLeague

Milestone Goals

#MinuteDateAgainstStadiumCompetition
1003.09.1892Higher WaltonAnfieldOther

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

The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
1892-1893 * Defender
1893-1894 * Defender
1894-1895 * Defender
1895-1896 * Defender
1896-1897 * Defender
1897-1898 * Defender
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.

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