Player profile

Tommy Leishman

Tommy Leishman

Birthdate: 3 September 1937
Birthplace: Stenhousemuir, Scotland
Other clubs: St. Mirren (1953-59), Hibernian (1963-65), Linfield (1965-68), Stranraer (1968-70)
Bought from: St. Mirren
Signed for LFC: £10,000, 20.11.1959
Liverpool debut: 28.12.1959
Last appearance: 27.10.1962
Debut goal: 24.08.1960
Last goal: 08.09.1962
Contract expiry: January 1963
Win ratio: 50.85% W:60 D:29 L:29
Honours: Second Division 1961/62
LFC league games/goals: 107 / 6
Total LFC games/goals: 118 / 7

Player profile

Tough guy Leishman excelled in the Second Division but was surplus to requirements when Liverpool made the step up to top-flight football. Leishman was a Scottish left-half who arrived at Anfield as a 22-year-old from St. Mirren in November 1959. He figured in 15 of the last 19 League matches of the 1959/60 season and became a regular member of the side for the next two years, missing only three League fixtures during that period. He was a vital part in Shankly’s 3-3-4 masterplan implemented in the 1960/61 season after a terrible start to the campaign. He moved inside-left Jimmy Harrower back as a semi half-back thus drawing his opposing half-back out of place and from his position playing either Tommy Leishman or Johnny Wheeler as they moved forward supplying the drive and support which the forward line so badly needed. Liverpool finally climbed back into the top division after winning the second division title by eight points from Leyton Orient in 1961/62. Leishman only missed one League match and Shankly noted that "Tommy Leishman had settled down and having mellowed in his game was playing extremely well." Leishman proved inadequate for the top-flight and was soon replaced by his compatriot Willie Stevenson. 

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 107 9 2 0 0 118
1959-1960 15 2 0 0 0 17
1960-1961 40 2 2 0 0 44
1961-1962 41 5 0 0 0 46
1962-1963 11 0 0 0 0 11

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
6 Sunderland
6 Luton Town
5 Charlton Athletic
5 Rotherham United
5 Preston North End
5 Huddersfield Town
5 Middlesbrough
5 Swansea City
5 Brighton & Hove Albion
5 Stoke City
4 Ipswich Town
4 Bristol Rovers
4 Leyton Orient
4 Scunthorpe United
4 Plymouth Argyle
4 Leeds United
4 Southampton
4 Norwich City
3 Lincoln City
3 Portsmouth
3 Derby
3 Sheffield United
2 Newcastle United
2 Bury
2 Walsall
1 Coventry City
1 Manchester United
1 Chelsea
1 Oldham Athletic
1 Blackpool
1 Manchester City
1 Blackburn Rovers
1 West Ham United
1 Nottingham Forest
1 Everton
1 Wolves
1 Bolton Wanderers
1 Leicester City
1 WBA
1 Hull City
1 Aston Villa
Total Competition
107 League
9 FA Cup
2 League Cup

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 6 0 1 0 0 7
1959-1960 0 0 0 0 0 0
1960-1961 4 0 1 0 0 5
1961-1962 1 0 0 0 0 1
1962-1963 1 0 0 0 0 1

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Competition
6 League
1 League Cup
Total Goal minute period
1 1-15 minutes
1 16-30 minutes
1 31-45 minutes
1 46-60 minutes
3 76-90 minutes
Total Open play/Penalty
7 Open play

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 28.12.1959 Charlton Athletic Anfield League
50 04.03.1961 Portsmouth Fratton Park League
100 31.03.1962 Luton Town Kenilworth Road League

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 11 24.08.1960 Southampton The Dell League

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Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
St. Mirren 1957-1958 Scotland Division 1 2 0 2 0
St. Mirren 1958-1959 Scotland Division 1 11 1 11 1
St. Mirren 1959-1960 Scotland Division 1 2 0 2 0
Hibernian 1962-1963 Scotland Division 1 13 1 13 1
Hibernian 1963-1964 Scotland Division 1 14 0 14 0
Hibernian 1964-1965 Scotland Division 1 3 0 3 0
Linfield 1965-1968 Irish League 0 0 112 24
Stranraer 1967-1968 Scotland Division 2 4 0 4 0
Stranraer 1968-1969 Scotland Division 2 0 0 0 0
Stranraer 1969-1970 Scotland Division 2 23 2 26 2
Total 72 4 187 28
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