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

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals19400023
1896-1897 19400023

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

TotalOpponent
4Nottingham Forest
3Aston Villa
2Preston North End
2Blackburn Rovers
2Wolves
2Sunderland
1Everton
1WBA
1Burnley
1Sheffield Wednesday
1Burton Swifts
1Sheffield United
1Derby
1Stoke City
TotalCompetition
19League
4FA Cup

Goals per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals500005
1896-1897 500005

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

TotalCompetition
5League
TotalOpen play/Penalty
5Open play
0Penalty

Wartime Appearances / Goals

SeasonAppearancesGoals
No records to display.

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Milestone Appearances

#DateAgainstStadiumCompetition
105.09.1896Blackburn RoversEwood ParkLeague

Milestone Goals

#MinuteDateAgainstStadiumCompetition
13810.10.1896Nottingham ForestAnfieldLeague

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Other Clubs

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

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