Player profile

Harman Van Den Berg

Birthdate: 21 March 1918
Birthplace: Cape Town, South Africa
Date of death: 6 August 2006
Other clubs: Peninsular
Bought from: Peninsular
Signed for LFC: 18.10.1937
Liverpool debut: 16.02.1938
Last appearance: 06.05.1939
Debut goal: 08.10.1938
Last goal: 29.10.1938
Contract expiry: During WWII
Win ratio: 36.84% W: 7 D: 6 L: 6
Games/goals ratio: 6.33
Wartime games/goals: 14 / 3
LFC league games/goals: 19 / 3
Total LFC games/goals: 19 / 3

Player profile

Van den Berg that incidentally means "from the mountains" in Afrikaans was born in Observatory, a suburb of Cape Town and was skilful in many sports. Before arriving at Liverpool in October 1937 he had been prominent at football, cricket and rugby, even capped for Western province, the South African Rugby Union team. As soon as he stepped off the Union Castle liner, Carnarvon Castle, from Capetown, on 18 October 1937, George Kay, was there to meet the South African in Southampton and obtain his signature on a professional contract. Van den Berg played on the left wing at Liverpool and made his first-team debut in the Goodison derby on 16 February 1938 replacing the injured Alf Hanson, joining fellow South Africans Arthur Riley and Berry Nieuwenhuys in the first eleven. Liverpool beat Everton 3-1 and the Daily Post concluded: "One would have thought Van Den Berg had been playing in senior football for years instead of making his debut." The Liverpool Echo also had plenty of praise for the 19-year-old: "nicely built, speedy, good ball control, accurate with his centres, and a good shot, he made a most encouraging debut." Hanson returned after an absence of three games and Van den Berg didn't add to his total until he made 12 consecutive appearances in the first half of the following season before succumbing to a serious cartilage injury that kept him out until four weeks were left of the campaign.

Van den Berg was in the team when the 1939/40 season started but the outbreak of war meant that League football was suspended, although the club did continue to play in the quickly-arranged Western Division and War League Cup. Of the three League goals that Van den Berg scored for Liverpool, two were particularly dramatic - an equaliser in the last minute to save a point at Leicester in October 1938 and a first-minute strike in the 3-3 Anfield draw with Huddersfield Town three weeks later.

Appearances per season

1937-1938 300003
1938-1939 16000016
1939-1940 000000

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

1Bolton Wanderers
1Leicester City
1Birmingham City
1Aston Villa
1Huddersfield Town
1Charlton Athletic
1Manchester United
1Leeds United

Goals per season

1937-1938 000000
1938-1939 300003
1939-1940 000000

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

TotalOpen play/Penalty
3Open play

Wartime Appearances / Goals


Stats note

The three league games played in the 1939-40 season were expunged from Football League records as the season was stopped due to World War II. The games are therefore not considered valid by and as the "Association of football statisticians" does not count them towards official player totals.

Milestone Appearances

116.02.1938EvertonGoodison ParkLeague

Milestone Goals

18908.10.1938Leicester CityFilbert StreetLeague

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The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
1937-1938 * Midfielder
1938-1939 * Midfielder
1939-1940 * Midfielder
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.