Player profile

Harry Storer

Harry Storer

Birthdate: 24 July 1870
Birthplace: Butterley, Derbyshire, England
Date of death: 25 April 1908
Other clubs: Ripley Town (1886-88), Derby Midland 1888-91 / merged with Derby County 1891-92), Gainsborough Trinity (1892-93), Loughborough Town (1893-94), Woolwich Arsenal (1894-95), Hibernian (loan 1897), Holloway
Bought from: Woolwich Arsenal
Signed for LFC: £75, 24.12.1895
Liverpool debut: 01.01.1896
Last appearance: 25.12.1899
Contract expiry: 1901
Win ratio: 47.11% W:57 D:29 L:35
Honours: Second Division 1895/96
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 1 / 0
LFC league games/goals: 102 / 0
Total LFC games/goals: 121 / 0

Player profile

Goalkeeper Storer starred for Arsenal for 18 months in the Second Division, making 76 appearances before he joined Liverpool at the age of 25 in 1895. At Liverpool he replaced Matt McQueen, a versatile player who was just as comfortable in goal as he was in an outfield position. Liverpool Mercury liked the look of Storer: "The new goalkeeper is cool, daring and exceedingly safe with his hands, and these qualities constitute all that is best in a first class goalkeeper." He played in the last 11 League matches of that season, conceding only eight goals, and helped his new club make a swift return to the First Division. Storer missed only seven of the next 87 League fixtures before McQueen took over again in goal for two games and then William Perkins for the last five matches of the 1898/99 season. Storer's absence from the team from late December 1896 to late February 1897 was because he was initially injured with Donnelly taking his place. But, once Storer was fit Liverpool loaned him to Hibernian whose main 'keeper was out injured. Hibernian had a cup-tie against Rangers coming up and as "the Scottish Cup rules provide for little qualification, membership alone enabling a player to be eligible," as the Edinburgh Evening News reported, "Liverpool have accordingly assisted the Hibernians out of a difficulty." Despite Storer's presence in Hibs' goal Rangers beat them 3-0.

Perkins was Liverpool's number one at the start of the 1899/00 season which took the club into a new century and although Storer did get a run of 11 successive games during the autumn and into the winter of 1899, it was Perkins who finished the season in goal signalling the end of his Liverpool career for the Derbyshire native. Storer's only fault in the goal was said to be he got a little careless if he hadn't been busy during the match, far from being the only 'keeper with that weakness. He would lose concentration and let in a easy goal. Storer augmented his income by running a pub. When he was going to renew his license in September 1899 it was objected to on the grounds of that "hero-worship attached to professional footballers made it desirable that footballing and public-house management should be disassociated," reported the Manchester Evening Post on 9 September 1899. The Chairman of Liverpool Licensing Sessions ruled that Storer was simply providing another means of livelihood for himself and his family when his football career would be over and a renewal was granted. Storer kept himself in shape by turning out on occasion for part-timers Holloway in Derbyshire.

Harry's brother Bill, was a footballer as well and an excellent cricketer who played six tests for England. Harry was a good cricketer playing six first class matches for Derbyshire during the 1895 season. Harry jr. inherited his father's football and cricket skills, featuring for Derby County and Derbyshire, and later became a football manager in charge of Coventry, Birmingham and Derby in the Second and Third Division North from 1931 to 1963. Harry Storer sr. died of consumption only 37 years of age on 25 April 1908.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 102 15 0 0 4 121
1895-1896 11 2 0 0 4 17
1896-1897 23 3 0 0 0 26
1897-1898 30 5 0 0 0 35
1898-1899 27 5 0 0 0 32
1899-1900 11 0 0 0 0 11

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
8 Nottingham Forest
8 Sheffield United
8 Derby
7 Aston Villa
7 Preston North End
7 Wolves
6 Everton
6 Sunderland
6 Blackburn Rovers
5 Sheffield Wednesday
5 Notts County
5 Bury
4 Stoke City
4 Bolton Wanderers
4 Burnley
3 Manchester City
3 Newcastle United
2 Manchester United
2 Burton Swifts
2 Birmingham City
2 Rotherham Town
1 Millwall
1 Grimsby Town
1 Burton Wanderers
1 Hucknall St Johns
1 Crewe
1 Glossop North End
1 Lincoln City
1 Arsenal
Total Competition
102 League
15 FA Cup
4 Test Match

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 01.01.1896 Manchester City Anfield League
50 16.10.1897 Everton Goodison Park League
100 07.01.1899 Sunderland Anfield League

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