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Arthur Berry

Arthur Berry

Birthdate: 3 January 1888
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Date of death: 15 March 1953
Other clubs: Oxford University, Wrexham (six spells from 1907-14), Fulham (1909), Everton (1910-11), Oxford City (1912, 1913-14), Northern Nomads (1914)
Bought from: Oxford University / Everton
Signed for LFC: September 1906 / June 1912
International debut: 13.02.1909 vs. Ireland
International caps: 13.02.1909 against Ireland 1/0 - 32/13 amateur
Liverpool debut: 11.04.1908
Last appearance: 14.10.1912
Contract expiry: September 1909 / 14.11.1912
Win ratio: 0% W:0 D:1 L:3
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 2 / 0
LFC league games/goals: 4 / 0
Total LFC games/goals: 4 / 0

Player profile

Right-winger Arthur Berry won two gold medals with England in the 1908 and 1912 Olympics. He and Vivian Woodward are the only players to be on both winning teams. He was educated at Denstone, a college famous as a sports centre. He was the school's cricket captain and tremendously athletic. The school magazine reported: “Arthur Berry incited the rest of team to greater keenness by his splendid fielding; as a batsman he seemed able to his anything and rarely failed to make runs. As a bowler he met with great success, being fast with a deadly swerve. A magnificent field, and won the bat offered for this department.” Berry studied law at Oxford and was prominent in the University's team. His father was Edwin Berry, who was Liverpool's Chairman from 1904-1909, which led to Arthur's first spell at Liverpool. Arthur played his first reserve game in April 1906 and made his first-team debut in April 1908 when the Reds lost 3-1 to Newcastle. The match programme commented that amateur Berry "did sufficient to show that if he cares to take to the game seriously he will be an excellent forward," suggesting he should become a professional. However, Arthur left in September 1909 for Fulham but he was still living up north and found it difficult to travel to London so he joined Everton in February 1910. He made a total of 29 appearances and scored seven goals for the Blues in the First Division.

Arthur rejoined Liverpool in June 1912, but only added one appearance to bring his total to four. As an amateur he featured for a number of teams, utilising his freedom of movement between clubs. Arthur was an FA Amateur Cup winner in 1913 with Oxford City, which was his only club honour. Arthur, still an amateur, retired from football in 1914, served as Adjutant of the Lancashire Fusiliers during WWI, eventually joining the family law firm, which his father headed.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 4 0 0 0 0 4
1907-1908 1 0 0 0 0 1
1908-1909 2 0 0 0 0 2
1912-1913 1 0 0 0 0 1

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
1 Sheffield United
1 Newcastle United
1 Leicester City
1 Arsenal
Total Competition
4 League

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 11.04.1908 Newcastle United St James' Park League

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Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Oxford City Isthmian League Division One N/A N/A N/A N/A
Fulham 1909-1910 England Second Division 12 0 12 0
Everton 1909-1910 England First Division 6 2 6 2
Everton 1910-1911 England First Division 21 5 23 5
Wrexham 1911-1912 Birmingham & District League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Wrexham 1913-1914 Birmingham & District League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total 39 7 41 7
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