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Malcolm McVean

Malcolm McVean

Birthdate: 7 March 1871
Birthplace: Jamestown, Scotland
Date of death: June 1907
Other clubs: Vale of Leven, Third Lanark (1889-92), Burnley (1897), Dundee (1897-98), Bedminster (1898-99)
Bought from: Third Lanark
Signed for LFC: N/A, July 1892
Liverpool debut: 03.09.1892
Last appearance: 04.03.1897
Debut goal: 03.09.1892
Last goal: 13.02.1897
Contract expiry: 19.03.1897
Win ratio: 59.52% W:75 D:23 L:28
Games/goals ratio: 2.93
Honours: Lancashire league 1892/93; Second Division 1893/94, 1895/96
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 1 / 0
LFC league games/goals: 89 / 26
Total LFC games/goals: 126 / 43

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McVean holds the honour of scoring Liverpool's first-ever goal in League football during the second half of their second division fixture at Middlesbrough Ironopolis on 2 September 1893. After scoring ten goals in 21 games in the Lancashire league McVean scored nine times in the club's inaugural Football League season but he only managed five the following year as the team struggled to cope with a higher standard of football in the First Division. The inside-right, who was said to be a "good shot and rare dodger," remained at Anfield for a further two years, during which he won another second division championship medal in 1896 and helped his side establish itself in the First Division. After five years at Liverpool the 26-year-old left for first division Burnley in March 1897 along with teammate Jimmy Ross but unfortunately for them Burnley got relegated in the spring. McVean had begun an apprenticeship in Scotland as a shipyard boilermaker when Liverpool signed him from Third Lanark and when he hung up his boots he went back to work in the shipyards. McVean died in Bonhill, Alexandra in June 1907, only 36 years of age. The Dundee Courier reported: "McVean was of a sociable disposition, and being gifted with a rare fund of dry humour, was a most interesting companion."

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 89 11 0 0 26 126
1892-1893 0 3 0 0 21 24
1893-1894 22 3 0 0 1 26
1894-1895 20 3 0 0 1 24
1895-1896 24 0 0 0 3 27
1896-1897 23 2 0 0 0 25

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

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 26 6 0 0 11 43
1892-1893 0 2 0 0 10 12
1893-1894 9 1 0 0 0 10
1894-1895 5 2 0 0 0 7
1895-1896 7 0 0 0 1 8
1896-1897 5 1 0 0 0 6

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Competition
26 League
10 Lancashire League
6 FA Cup
1 Test Match
Total Open play/Penalty
43 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 20.04.1896 Birmingham Coventry Road Other

Milestone Goals

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

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