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Jack Whitham

Jack Whitham

Birthdate: 8 December 1946
Birthplace: Burnley, England
Other clubs: Holy Trinity, Sheffield Wednesday (1964-70), Cardiff City (1974-75), Reading (1975-76), Worksop Town (1977-79), Hallam (1979-82), Oughtibridge (1982-83)
Bought from: Sheffield Wednesday
Signed for LFC: £57,000, April 1970
Liverpool debut: 08.09.1970
Last appearance: 13.12.1972
Debut goal: 12.12.1970
Last goal: 12.02.1972
Contract expiry: 1974
Win ratio: 33.33% W:6 D:7 L:5
Games/goals ratio: 2.57
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 3 / 0
LFC league games/goals: 15 / 7
Total LFC games/goals: 18 / 7

Player profile

Whitham made a name for himself at Wednesday where he scored 31 goals in 72 games from 1964-1970 in a struggling first division team. Wednesday eventually got relegated in the 1969/70 season, but Whitham stayed in the top-flight by moving to Liverpool, six months after Roger Hunt's departure. Sadly his injury problems which had halted his progress in Sheffield continued at Liverpool and whenever he had a run in the side he picked up an injury. Three months after his debut he scored his first goal, against West Ham on 12 December 1970. John Toshack's arrival in November 1970 meant that Whitham's first-team opportunities became even more limited. Whitham only added four other games in his first season without scoring.

Whitham did enjoy some success towards the end of 1971, scoring two late goals in a win at Coventry and then managing a hat-trick against Derby County at Anfield three weeks later. After making only one appearance in two seasons Whitham's contract was terminated by mutual consent. He scored three goals in 15 games for Cardiff from 1974-1975. He joined Reading in 1975 where he added three goals in 19 appearances as the club was promoted to the Third Division. He moved into non-league football kn 1977.

One of Ian St John's favourite stories is about Whitham. "Shankly signed a boy called Jack Whitham, the Saint told LFChistory.net. "He was always getting injured. Training for Jack was like jogging in between injuries. He was driving Shanks mad because he hated people who were like that. Finally he said one day to Jack in training, 'You, go up to the corner, where the pigsty was [at Melwood] and train up there. I don't want you to contaminate the rest of the team.' Poor Jack was jogging up there in the pigsty with the smell of the pigs."

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 15 0 2 1 0 18
1970-1971 6 0 2 0 0 8
1971-1972 9 0 0 0 0 9
1972-1973 0 0 0 1 0 1
1973-1974 0 0 0 0 0 0

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
2 Manchester City
2 West Ham United
2 Huddersfield Town
1 Ipswich Town
1 Leeds United
1 Coventry City
1 Newcastle United
1 Derby
1 Leicester City
1 WBA
1 Tottenham
1 Crystal Palace
1 Mansfield Town
1 Dynamo Berlin
1 Swindon Town
Total Started/substitutions
16 Started
5 On the bench
2 Substitute
3 Substituted
Total Competition
15 League
2 League Cup
1 UEFA Cup

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 7 0 0 0 0 7
1970-1971 1 0 0 0 0 1
1971-1972 6 0 0 0 0 6
1972-1973 0 0 0 0 0 0
1973-1974 0 0 0 0 0 0

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Started/substitutions
7 Started
0 Substitute
Total Competition
7 League
Total Goal minute period
1 1-15 minutes
1 16-30 minutes
1 31-45 minutes
1 46-60 minutes
1 61-75 minutes
2 76-90 minutes
Total Open play/Penalty
7 Open play

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 08.09.1970 Mansfield Town Field Mill League Cup

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 23 12.12.1970 West Ham United Upton Park League

Related Quotes

"Shankly signed a boy called Jack Whitham. He was always getting injured. Training for Jack was like jogging in between injuries. He was driving Shanks mad because he hated people who were like that. Finally he said one day to Jack in training, 'You, go up to the corner (where the pigsty was) and train up there. I don't want you to contaminate the rest of the team.' Poor Jack was jogging up there in the pigsty with the smell of the pigs and all that."

One of Ian St John's favourite stories. From LFChistory's exclusive interview with Saint in 2008

Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Holy Trinity Burnley Amateur League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Sheffield Wednesday 1966-1967 England First Division 3 2 3 2
Sheffield Wednesday 1967-1968 England First Division 20 7 25 8
Sheffield Wednesday 1968-1969 England First Division 19 10 20 10
Sheffield Wednesday 1969-1970 England First Division 21 8 23 11
Cardiff City 1973-1974 England Second Division 6 1 6 1
Cardiff City 1974-1975 England Second Division 8 2 9 2
Reading 1975-1976 England Fourth Division 19 3 21 3
Worksop Town 1977-1979 Northern Premier League 0 0 0 0
Hallam 1979-1982 Yorkshire League 1 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Oughtibridge 1982-1983 Sheffield & Hallam County Senior League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total 96 33 107 37
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