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John McLaughlin

John McLaughlin

Birthdate: 25 February 1952
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Other clubs: Philadelphia Atoms (loan 1975), Portsmouth (loan 1975), Dallas Tornado (loan 1976), Barrow (1976-77), Wrexham (1977), South Liverpool (1977), Macclesfield Town (1977-78), South Liverpool (1978), Rhyl Athletic (1978)
Bought from: Local
Signed for LFC: Joined 1967 - Professional 25.02.1969
Liverpool debut: 18.04.1970
Last appearance: 10.09.1974
Debut goal: 22.08.1970
Last goal: 02.01.1971
Contract expiry: 1976
Win ratio: 45.45% W:25 D:19 L:11
LFC league games/goals: 40 / 2
Total LFC games/goals: 55 / 3

Player profile

McLaughlin had been very promising in the reserves and the coaching staff at Liverpool believed he was a star in the making, a skilful midfield maestro. Shankly had great hopes for him: "His potential is unbelievable. He knows the game, and is very mature for his age," Shankly declared. "He is the best schoolboy prospect to be turned up for a very long time." Shankly eased him into the first division scene by picking him for the final game of the 1969/70 season, away to Chelsea. McLaughlin had a hand in Liverpool's only goal scored by Bobby Graham in a 2-1 defeat. Despite being only 18-years-old when the following season opened, Shankly had enough faith in the slightly-built teenager to make him an important part of the club's midfield at the time and his faith was rewarded when McLaughlin struck two first-half shots into the Kop goal when Huddersfield Town visited Anfield for the second home fixture of the season.

McLaughlin played in 30 consecutive first division games but then made way for Alun Evans and only figured in three of the remaining 12 matches. This season turned out to be his only one as a regular during Shankly's rebuilding of his aging side. Once Shankly had completed the transformation McLaughlin was cast aside. He made the line-up for the opening day of 1971/72 but was only picked on four further occasions, with two of those being as substitute. The emergence of Brian Hall and the arrival of Peter Cormack made it increasingly difficult for McLaughlin to break into the first team and he was allowed to leave Anfield to have a loan spell on the south coast with Ian St John's Portsmouth. He also featured in the summer of 1975 and 1976 in the North American Soccer League. A knee injury put McLaughlin out of League football for good when he was only 24 and he went into amateur football.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 40 4 3 8 0 55
1969-1970 1 0 0 0 0 1
1970-1971 33 4 1 7 0 45
1971-1972 5 0 1 0 0 6
1972-1973 0 0 0 0 0 0
1973-1974 1 0 0 1 0 2
1974-1975 0 0 1 0 0 1
1975-1976 0 0 0 0 0 0

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
3 Southampton
3 Chelsea
3 Arsenal
3 Tottenham
2 Ferencvaros
2 Crystal Palace
2 Burnley
2 Hibernian
2 Din. Bucharest
2 Blackpool
2 Manchester City
2 West Ham United
2 Nottingham Forest
2 Everton
2 Wolves
2 Manchester United
2 Leeds United
2 Derby
2 Stoke City
2 Huddersfield Town
1 Ipswich Town
1 Swansea City
1 Coventry City
1 Newcastle United
1 WBA
1 Aldershot
1 Brentford
1 Bayern Munich
1 Red Star Belgrade
1 Hull City
1 Mansfield Town
Total Started/substitutions
53 Started
12 On the bench
2 Substitute
6 Substituted
Total Competition
40 League
7 European Fairs Cup
4 FA Cup
3 League Cup
1 European Cup

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 2 1 0 0 0 3
1969-1970 0 0 0 0 0 0
1970-1971 2 1 0 0 0 3
1971-1972 0 0 0 0 0 0
1972-1973 0 0 0 0 0 0
1973-1974 0 0 0 0 0 0
1974-1975 0 0 0 0 0 0
1975-1976 0 0 0 0 0 0

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Opponent
2 Huddersfield Town
1 Aldershot
Total Started/substitutions
3 Started
0 Substitute
Total Competition
2 League
1 FA Cup
Total Goal minute period
1 1-15 minutes
1 16-30 minutes
1 31-45 minutes
Total Open play/Penalty
3 Open play

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 18.04.1970 Chelsea Stamford Bridge League
50 02.10.1971 Stoke City Victoria Ground League

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 9 22.08.1970 Huddersfield Town Anfield League

Related Quotes

"His potential is unbelievable. He knows the game, and is very mature for his age. He is the best schoolboy prospect to be turned up for a very long time."

Shankly on John McLaughlin

Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Philadelphia Atoms 1975 NASL 22 7 22 7
Portsmouth 1975-1976 England Second Division 5 0 5 0
Dallas Tornado 1976 NASL 5 0 5 0
Barrow 1976-1977 England Northern Premier League 6 0 8 0
Wrexham 1977 England Third Division N/A N/A N/A N/A
South Liverpool 1977 England Northern Premier League 18 3 27 4
Macclesfield Town 1977-1978 England Northern Premier League 2 1 2 1
South Liverpool 1978-1979 England Northern Premier League 7 1 11 1
Rhyl Athletic 1978-1979 Wales N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total 65 12 80 13
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