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Johnny Walker

Johnny Walker

Birthdate: 31 May 1874
Birthplace: Coatbridge, Scotland
Date of death: 1940
Other clubs: Armadale, Hearts (1892-98), Rangers (1902-04), Morton (1904-05)
Bought from: Hearts
Signed for LFC: 175*, 30.03.1898
International debut: 30.03.1895 vs. Ireland
International caps: 5/3 (at Hearts and Rangers) - 26.03.1904
Liverpool debut: 11.04.1898
Last appearance: 26.04.1902
Debut goal: 12.04.1898
Last goal: 26.04.1902
Contract expiry: 01.05.1902
Win ratio: 50% W:60 D:26 L:34
Games/goals ratio: 4
Honours: League Championship 1900/01
LFC league games/goals: 109 / 29
Total LFC games/goals: 120 / 30

Player profile

John Walker and Tom Robertson signed for Liverpool from Edinburgh club Hearts at the end of the 1897/98 season. Walker had been a tremendous success at Hearts, winning the Scottish League in 1895 and 1897 and the Scottish cup in 1896 which he lifted as captain. He had also made his Scotland debut against Ireland on 30 March 1895, scoring twice in a 3-1 win. In his debut 1898/99 season at Liverpool Walker missed just two League and Cup games, scoring 11 times in 32 first division matches as the Reds finished runners-up to Aston Villa. Walker did get into trouble in November 1898 along with teammates Hugh Morgan and John Walker when they were charged with a breach of the peace and obstructing the police. They were being a little too lively on the street and a constable arrived to settle down matters. Walker shouted: ‘Let’s show him some Scotch blood!’ In the end the constable took Allan into custody while Morgan and Walker tried to prevent his arrest.

The inside-right started the following campaign in great form, scoring seven goals in the opening ten games, but only got three goals in the remaining 21. Despite the fact that Walker's goals dried up he continued to be a key player for the Reds who now relied on the goalscoring talents of centre-forward, Sam Raybould. Liverpool's last game of the 1900/01 season was against relegation-doomed West Bromwich Albion and their first League title was a realistic possibility. Liverpool had only been in first place on the opening day of the campaign but now a draw sufficed for the Reds to topple Sunderland who were equal on points with superior goal average, but had already played all their games. Walker was the hero of the day scoring the deciding goal in the first half as the Daily Express reported: "Robertson only just missed scoring for Liverpool and at the other end Garfield was charged off the ball just when about to shoot at an almost open goal. At last, however, Liverpool got away and Walker scored." The Scotsman played one more season for Liverpool before returning to his native Scotland to play for Rangers.

Appearances per season

Please note

Liverpool paid a combined 350 pounds to Hearts for John Walker and Tom Robertson on 30 March 1898.

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 109 11 0 0 0 120
1897-1898 3 0 0 0 0 3
1898-1899 32 6 0 0 0 38
1899-1900 27 4 0 0 0 31
1900-1901 29 1 0 0 0 30
1901-1902 18 0 0 0 0 18

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
9 Sheffield United
9 WBA
8 Aston Villa
7 Bury
7 Stoke City
7 Sunderland
7 Sheffield Wednesday
7 Notts County
6 Blackburn Rovers
6 Nottingham Forest
6 Everton
6 Wolves
6 Derby
6 Preston North End
6 Newcastle United
4 Manchester City
4 Bolton Wanderers
4 Burnley
2 Birmingham City
2 Glossop North End
1 Grimsby Town
Total Competition
109 League
11 FA Cup

Goals per season

Please note

Liverpool paid a combined 350 pounds to Hearts for John Walker and Tom Robertson on 30 March 1898.

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 29 1 0 0 0 30
1897-1898 2 0 0 0 0 2
1898-1899 10 1 0 0 0 11
1899-1900 10 0 0 0 0 10
1900-1901 6 0 0 0 0 6
1901-1902 1 0 0 0 0 1

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Competition
29 League
1 FA Cup
Total Open play/Penalty
30 Open play

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 11.04.1898 The Wednesday Anfield League
50 02.12.1899 Burnley Turf Moor League
100 22.04.1901 Sheffield United Bramall Lane League

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 35 12.04.1898 Derby Baseball Ground League

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