Player profile

Tom Cleghorn

Tom Cleghorn

Birthdate: 13 February 1870
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Date of death: 23 October 1946
Other clubs: Darlington St Augustine's (1888-90), Darlington (1890), Leith Athletic (1892-94), Blackburn Rovers (1894-96), Portsmouth (1899-1903), Plymouth Argyle (1903-05)
Bought from: Blackburn Rovers
Signed for LFC: 13.03.1896
Liverpool debut: 21.03.1896
Last appearance: 03.04.1899
Debut goal: 30.01.1897
Last goal: 30.01.1897
Contract expiry: August 1899
Win ratio: 41.43% W:29 D:17 L:24
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 1 / 0
LFC league games/goals: 56 / 0
Total LFC games/goals: 70 / 1

Player profile

Cleghorn was a popular player at Blackburn where his energetic performances at half-back were worth the admission price alone as described by a Blackburn historian: "A great little player who never knew when he was beaten. He worked like a demon, tackled effectively and headed the ball with wonderful skill. His value was enhanced by the judgement he displayed in feeding the forwards. On many occasions Cleghorn roused crowds to a frenzy of enthusiasm." Five ft. 5 in. (166 cm.) Cleghorn played 48 games for Rovers from 1894-1896 in the First Division.

Cleghorn made his debut for second division Liverpool on 21 March 1896 in a home fixture with Burton Swifts which Liverpool won 6-1. He played in the last six games of that successful season which saw Liverpool go up again. Cleghorn made a further 17 League appearances in 1896/97 before being one of the club's two 'ever-present' players, the other was 'keeper Harry Storer, in 1897/98. The next season was his final one at the club and he made six more League appearances to take his total up to 70. Cleghorn also played in ten FA Cup ties for Liverpool and his only senior goal for the club came in that competition, a 4-3 first round victory over Burton Swifts on 30 January 1897. After leaving Liverpool he won the Western and the Southern League with Portsmouth in 1901/02.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 56 10 0 0 4 70
1895-1896 3 0 0 0 4 7
1896-1897 17 5 0 0 0 22
1897-1898 30 5 0 0 0 35
1898-1899 6 0 0 0 0 6

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
5 Derby
5 Aston Villa
5 WBA
4 Sheffield Wednesday
4 Nottingham Forest
4 Wolves
4 Bolton Wanderers
4 Stoke City
4 Bury
4 Preston North End
4 Sheffield United
3 Blackburn Rovers
3 Notts County
2 Burnley
2 Birmingham City
2 Everton
2 Sunderland
2 Manchester United
2 Newcastle United
2 Burton Swifts
1 Hucknall St Johns
1 Manchester City
1 Crewe
Total Competition
56 League
10 FA Cup
4 Test Match

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 0 1 0 0 0 1
1895-1896 0 0 0 0 0 0
1896-1897 0 1 0 0 0 1
1897-1898 0 0 0 0 0 0
1898-1899 0 0 0 0 0 0

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Opponent
1 Burton Swifts
Total Competition
1 FA Cup
Total Goal minute period
1 61-75 minutes
Total Open play/Penalty
1 Open play

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 21.03.1896 Burton Swifts Anfield League
50 22.01.1898 Sunderland Newcastle Road League

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 70 30.01.1897 Burton Swifts Anfield FA Cup

Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Darlington St Augustine's 1888-90 Northern League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Darlington 1890 Northern League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Leith Athletic 1892-1893 Scotland Division 1 15 1 17 1
Leith Athletic 1893-1894 Scotland Division 1 15 0 17 0
Blackburn Rovers 1894-1895 England First Division 28 3 31 3
Blackburn Rovers 1895-1896 England First Division 17 0 17 0
Portsmouth 1899-1900 Southern League 22 0 22 0
Portsmouth 1900-1901 Southern League 21 0 21 0
Portsmouth 1901-1902 Southern League 15 0 15 0
Portsmouth 1902-1903 Southern League 0 0 0 0
Plymouth Argyle 1903-1904 Southern League 1 0 1 0
Plymouth Argyle 1904-1905 Southern League 1 0 1 0
Total 135 4 142 4
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