Player profile

Willie Michael

Birthdate: 1874
Birthplace: Wishaw, Scotland
Date of death: 25 July 1938
Other clubs: Wishaw Thistle (1890-93), Hearts (1893-95), Hearts (2 / 1897-1900), Bristol City (1900-01), Wishaw Thistle (2 / 1901), Falkirk (1901-2), Wishaw Thistle (3 / 1902-3), Motherwell (1903-4)
Bought from: Hearts
Signed for LFC: 22.01.1895
Liverpool debut: 05.09.1896
Last appearance: 10.04.1897
Debut goal: 10.10.1896
Last goal: 03.04.1897
Contract expiry: 01.05.1897
Win ratio: 34.78% W: 8 D: 8 L: 7
Games/goals ratio: 4.6
LFC league games/goals: 19 / 5
Total LFC games/goals: 23 / 5

Player profile

Michael was at Anfield for just one season, 1896/97, after their promotion as second division champions. Liverpool had previously tried to loan him from Hearts in the 1894/95 season when they were seriously depleted in an important Test match that would decide their fate in the First Division. Hearts didn't release him and the Reds were relegated. A scribe at the Athletic News had the following first impression of Michael shortly after his arrival at Liverpool: "He is a very nice player – one of the big ones in a small compass, and can play on the wings or centre." He was also described as having been "the battering ram" of Hearts the previous season and "could charge into a bull elephant and still come off best," so it's pretty evident he made his presence felt. Michael got his chance in the side at outside-left when Becton was suspended by the club for a couple of months after missing training. Michael regained a regular spot in the team in the last eight games of the campaign after Jimmy Ross had been sold to Burnley. The inside-forward scored five times as the club comfortably held on to their first division status at the second time of asking by finishing in a respectable fifth place. Liverpool wanted to keep Michael and offered him a "big sum down" and £4 per week for renewing his contract, but he wanted a return to Scotland and his old club, Hearts, re-signed him ahead of Hibernian, Celtic and Rangers.

Michael was the top scorer in the Scottish First Division in the 1899/1900 season, alongside the goal machine who was Rangers' Bobby Hamilton, scoring 15 goals.

Appearances per season

1896-1897 19400023

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4Nottingham Forest
3Aston Villa
2Preston North End
2Blackburn Rovers
1Sheffield Wednesday
1Burton Swifts
1Sheffield United
1Stoke City
4FA Cup

Goals per season

1896-1897 500005

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TotalOpen play/Penalty
5Open play

Wartime Appearances / Goals

No records to display.

Stats note

Milestone Appearances

105.09.1896Blackburn RoversEwood ParkLeague

Milestone Goals

13810.10.1896Nottingham ForestAnfieldLeague

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Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Wishaw Thistle 1890-1893 Scotland N/A N/A N/A N/A
Hearts 1893-1894 Scotland Division 1 15 9 15 9
Hearts 1894-1895 Scotland Division 1 17 9 17 9
Hearts 1895-1896 Scotland Division 1 12 4 12 4
Hearts 1897-1898 Scotland Division 1 7 4 7 4
Hearts 1898-1899 Scotland Division 1 17 11 17 11
Hearts 1899-1900 Scotland Division 1 17 15 17 15
Bristol City 1900-1901 Scotland Division 1 15 12 15 12
Wishaw Thistle 1901-1902 Scotland N/A N/A N/A N/A
Falkirk 1901-1902 Scotland 0 0 7 0
Wishaw Thistle 1902-1903 Scotland N/A N/A N/A N/A
Motherwell 1903-1904 Scotland Division 1 0 0 0 0
Total 100 64 107 64