Player profile

Dave Underwood

Birthdate: 15 March 1928
Birthplace: London, England
Other clubs: Edgware Town (1945-49), Queens Park Rangers (1949-52), Watford (1952-53), Watford (2 / 1956-57), Dartford (1957-60), Watford (3 / 1960-63), Fulham (1963-65), Dunstable Town (1965-66), Hastings United (1966-67)
Bought from: Watford
Signed for LFC: £7,000, 16.12.1953
Liverpool debut: 19.12.1953
Last appearance: 07.04.1956
Contract expiry: 19.07.1956
Win ratio: 34% W: 17 D: 10 L: 23
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 1 / 0
LFC league games/goals: 45 / 0
Total LFC games/goals: 50 / 0

Player profile

This big goalkeeper joined Liverpool from Watford in December 1953 and was one of three different 'keepers used in League matches during the 1953/54 season - the others being Charlie Ashcroft and Russell Crossley. Liverpool had been shipping goals and were heading for the Second Division. The Daily Mail said in September 1953 that Underwood was a "dressing-room comedian who was “a bit of a boxer” in the Army during National Service." At the time of his signing, Don Welsh, Liverpool's manager, claimed Underwood was “the most promising young goalkeeper in football." Underwood went straight into the side after his arrival from Vicarage Road and only missed two games between his debut on 19 December 1953 and the end of that season. Underwood would never forget his debut for all the wrong reasons accidentally shattering the left leg of his teammate, Eddie Spicer, which ended his career. Underwood started the following season as first choice, but lost his place to Ashcroft after only a handful of matches and didn't get another first-team opportunity until at the end of November 1955. He took over from Doug Rudham but after playing 26 consecutive League and Cup games the South African won his place back before the end of the season. Underwood was quite understandably incensed and demanded to be put on the transfer list. His wish was granted and Underwood returned to Watford in Third Division South in July 1956. Underwood had three spells at Watford (1952-1953, 1956-1957 and 1960-1963) and was a very popular figure at the club. Despite being a part-timer, working for a haulage contractor, Underwood's performances impressed and he was voted Watford's Player of the Year in 1962 and landed a move to first division Fulham. Following an injury to Fulham's number one, Underwood made 16 appearances in the 1963/64 season, a great comeback for the 'keeper. In 1977 Underwood was appointed Chairman of Barnet from the 1977/78 season to 1981/82. In his tenure at the club Barnet signed footballing great Jimmy Greaves, who later thanked Underwood for helping him in the fight to overcome his much-publicized alcohol addiction.

Former teammate of Underwood at Hastings recalled his experiences of Underwood in an interview with John Motson. “Dave was manager and goalkeeper with a face like an old-time prize fighter; a broken nose, swollen lips. He also talked with a lisp. I was always notoriously late for games and I remember one Sunday we were playing the inmates of Ford Open Prison and Dave told me the kick-off was two o'clock. At five to two on the dot I rushed in breathlessly to find an empty dressing room. About a quarter of an hour later, big Dave strolled in with the rest of the players grinning fit to burst: `Whoopth-a-daithy,' he says, `I've thuthed you out Ricky, alwayth late. Kick-off'th at free.' I loved the man, I truly did."

Appearances per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals45500050
1953-1954 18000018
1954-1955 600006
1955-1956 21500026

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

TotalOpponent
3Middlesbrough
3Manchester City
3Doncaster Rovers
2Barnsley
2Fulham
2Blackburn Rovers
2West Ham United
2Plymouth Argyle
2Stoke City
2Scunthorpe United
1Sunderland
1Aston Villa
1Huddersfield Town
1Bristol Rovers
1Manchester United
1Leeds United
1Bury
1Preston North End
1Chelsea
1Blackpool
1Swansea City
1Derby
1Cardiff City
1Bristol City
1Hull City
1Sheffield United
1Nottingham Forest
1Bolton Wanderers
1Leicester City
1WBA
1Burnley
1Arsenal
1Sheffield Wednesday
1Tottenham
1Port Vale
1Notts County
1Accrington Stanley
TotalCompetition
45League
5FA Cup

Goals per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals000000
1953-1954 000000
1954-1955 000000
1955-1956 000000

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TotalTeam
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TotalCompetition
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TotalGoal minute period
01-15
016-30
031-45
046-60
061-75
076-90
091-120
TotalOpen play/Penalty
0Open play
0Penalty

Wartime Appearances / Goals

SeasonAppearancesGoals
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Stats note

Milestone Appearances

#DateAgainstStadiumCompetition
119.12.1953Manchester UnitedOld TraffordLeague
5007.04.1956FulhamCraven CottageLeague

Milestone Goals

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The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
1953-1954 * Goalkeeper
1954-1955 * Goalkeeper
1955-1956 * Goalkeeper
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.

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