Player profile

Jimmy Ross

Jimmy Ross

Birthdate: 28 March 1866
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Date of death: 12 June 1902
Other clubs: St Bernard's (1882-84), Preston North End (1884-94), Burnley (1897-99), Manchester City (1899-1902)
Bought from: Preston North End
Signed for LFC: £75, 19.08.1894
Liverpool debut: 13.09.1894
Last appearance: 13.02.1897
Debut goal: 13.09.1894
Last goal: 30.01.1897
Contract expiry: 20.03.1897
Win ratio: 48.24% W:41 D:13 L:31
Games/goals ratio: 2.18
Honours: Second Division 1895/96
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 5 / 1
LFC league games/goals: 73 / 37
Total LFC games/goals: 85 / 39

Player profile

Liverpool showed their intent by paying a club record fee of £75 for double League champion inside-right Jimmy Ross from Preston's "Invincibles" in 1894. It was an ambitious signing as Ross was a legend at Preston, scoring 18 goals in the club's undefeated season. He was the League's top-scorer in 1889/90 with 24 goals and scored seven goals in Preston's record 26-0 win over Hyde in the 1887/88 season. Ross took over as Liverpool captain from Andrew Hannah midway through his debut season and ran the show, pretty much, at Anfield in his first two years at the club. Twelve goals from 27 League matches was not a bad return during a season when the club managed only 51 from 30 games and were relegated straight back to the Second Division. Ross played as centre-forward as well on the right wing and banged in 23 goals from 25 League games when the club made an immediate return to the top division. But in his third campaign, even though Liverpool did finally establish themselves as a first division club by finishing in a very creditable fifth place, Ross only found the net three times from 21 matches.

Late in the 1896/97 season Ross joined Burnley along with teammate Malcolm McVean and their first match was at Anfield only a week later. Burnley beat Liverpool 2-1 but didn't do enough to prevent their relegation. Burnley won the Second Division the following season with Ross scoring an impressive 23 goals in 27 League matches. Ross only played half a season in First Division before joining Manchester City who were on their way to the second division title. Ross scored 21 goals in 67 games for City, but ill-health forced him to retire from the game in the 1901/02 season. Ross contracted an acute skin disease, Erysipelas, succumbed to raging fever and passed away only 36 years of age on 12 June 1902. His coffin was covered with wreaths and floral tributes, one from Preston North End bearing the following appropriate inscription: “In memory of one of the old Invincibles".

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 73 7 0 0 5 85
1894-1895 27 3 0 0 1 31
1895-1896 25 2 0 0 4 31
1896-1897 21 2 0 0 0 23

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
5 Nottingham Forest
4 Bolton Wanderers
4 Stoke City
4 Sunderland
4 Sheffield United
4 Birmingham City
3 Sheffield Wednesday
3 Burton Swifts
3 Blackburn Rovers
3 Derby
3 Everton
3 Wolves
3 Bury
3 Preston North End
2 Leicester City
2 Burnley
2 Arsenal
2 Manchester United
2 Newcastle United
2 Rotherham Town
2 Grimsby Town
2 Notts County
2 Burton Wanderers
2 Port Vale
2 Barnsley
1 Millwall
1 Darwen
1 Loughborough
1 Crewe
1 Aston Villa
1 Lincoln City
1 Manchester City
Total Competition
73 League
7 FA Cup
5 Test Match

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 37 2 0 0 0 39
1894-1895 12 0 0 0 0 12
1895-1896 23 1 0 0 0 24
1896-1897 2 1 0 0 0 3

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Competition
37 League
2 FA Cup
Total Open play/Penalty
37 Open play
2 Penalty

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 13.09.1894 Bolton Wanderers Anfield League
50 11.01.1896 Woolwich Arsenal Anfield League

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 40 13.09.1894 Bolton Wanderers Anfield League

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