Player profile

Bill Michael

Birthdate: 1874
Birthplace: Wishaw, Scotland
Other clubs: Wishaw Thistle (1890-93), Hearts (1893-96), Hearts (2 / 1897-1900), Bristol City (1900-01), Falkirk, Wishaw United, Motherwell (1903-04)
Bought from: Hearts
Signed for LFC: May 1896
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.

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
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Milestone Appearances

#DateAgainstStadiumCompetition
105.09.1896Blackburn RoversEwood ParkLeague

Milestone Goals

#MinuteDateAgainstStadiumCompetition
13810.10.1896Nottingham ForestAnfieldLeague

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The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
1896-1897 * Striker
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.

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