Player profile

David Pratt

Birthdate: 5 March 1896
Birthplace: Lochore, Fife, Scotland
Other clubs: Lochore Welfare (1912-14), Lochgelly United (1914-17), Hill O' Beath (1917-19), Celtic (1919-21), Bo'ness (loan 1919-20), Bradford City (1921-23), Bury (1927-29), Yeovil & Petters United (1929-33)
Bought from: Bradford City
Signed for LFC: January 1923
Liverpool debut: 17.02.1923
Last appearance: 07.05.1927
Debut goal: 25.12.1925
Last goal: 25.12.1925
Contract expiry: November 1927
Win ratio: 46.43% W: 39 D: 20 L: 25
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 3 / 0
LFC league games/goals: 76 / 1
Total LFC games/goals: 84 / 1

Player profile

David Pratt joined Bradford City in November 1921 from Celtic where he had been an outside-left. Pratt established himself as centre-half at Bradford City who were unfortunately relegated to the Second Division in his debut season. Reports said he was "the mainstay of the defence" and "a coming international." Pratt signed for Liverpool in January 1923 and became immediately known for his mighty throw-ins as the Liverpool Echo revealed in the report on Pratt's Liverpool debut on 17 February 1923: "Pratt was amazing the crowd with some of his throw ins, I swear some reached the middle of the field. If he could develop this “Long Throw” it could be a useful asset if further up the field and would almost be like a corner." Pratt played as left-back when Liverpool guaranteed the League title with two games to go on 21 April 1923 against Herbert Chapman's Huddersfield Town. The following season he was an understudy to right-half Tom Bromilow and added 15 games to his total. The highest number of League games Pratt played in during a single season was 26 in the 1924/25 season when he profited from Bromilow's absence due to injury and Walter Wadsworth's lengthy ban for a dismissal. After five seasons at Anfield Pratt left for first division Bury in November 1927.

Pratt was player-manager of Southern league's Yeovil and Petters United when he revealed his musings on "Sport in relation to everyday life". "Sport as a factor in development we welcome as an ally, but sport as a dominant passion is an enemy of the soul,” concluded Pratt, in what was described as a striking address to the Yeovil Rotary Club. He did admit that there was no question about the value of recreation that was encouraged by most churches, but the difficulty was with professional sports which thousands of people followed. In industrial cities like Sheffield, Newcastle, and Sunderland it had been demonstrated beyond all question that football matches had helped to empty public-houses, and many women bought season tickets for their husbands. Watching the game had a psychological and moral as well as social value, "but when all cultural interests are crowded out by it, there is real danger to the life of the nation.”

In 1933 Pratt moved from Yeovil, where he had stayed for four years, to manage Clapton Orient in Third Division South. When a move to Notts County looked on the cards in 1935, Orient supporters got up a petition to make him stay. Despite their protestations Pratt moved to County where he never took charge of a competitive game as he took over at Scottish first division Hearts the very same summer! Pratt had to juggle two jobs as manager and trainer at Tynecastle when a players' strike in October 1936 forced his assistant, Jimmy Kerr, to resign. Pratt felt the situation was intolerable and resigned four months later. When World War II broke out he served in the RAF. He accepted to become manager of Port Vale in December 1944, but was unable to gain release from the Air Force.

Appearances per season

1922-1923 700007
1923-1924 15000015
1924-1925 26400030
1925-1926 14000014
1926-1927 14400018

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

7Blackburn Rovers
6Newcastle United
5Leeds United
4West Ham United
4Nottingham Forest
4Sheffield United
4Cardiff City
4Notts County
4Manchester City
3Birmingham City
3Aston Villa
3Huddersfield Town
3Bolton Wanderers
3Leicester City
1Sheffield Wednesday
1Preston North End
1Manchester United
1Bristol City
8FA Cup

Goals per season

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1923-1924 000000
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1925-1926 100001
1926-1927 000000

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

TotalOpen play/Penalty
1Open play

Wartime Appearances / Goals

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Stats note

Milestone Appearances

117.02.1923Blackburn RoversAnfieldLeague

Milestone Goals

1025.12.1925Newcastle UnitedAnfieldLeague

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