- Birthdate: 14 February 1872
- Birthplace: London, England
- Date of death: 29 March 1956
- Other clubs: London Casuals (1890), Cambridge University (1890-1894), Old Reptonians (1891), Corinthians (1891-1895), Crusaders (1893), Liverpool Ramblers (1895)
- Bought from: Corinthians
- Signed for LFC: on loan, 24.02.1894
- International debut: 18.03.1895 vs. Wales
- International caps: 1/0
- Liverpool debut: 24.03.1894
- Last appearance: 24.03.1894
- Contract expiry: March 1894
- Win ratio: 100% W:1 D:0 L:0
- LFC league games/goals: 1 / 0
- Total LFC games/goals: 1 / 0
Gerard Powys Dewhurst, who was on the books of amateur sides; Corinthians and the Liverpool Ramblers, at the time, offered his services to Liverpool for one game against Crewe Alexandra on 24 March 1894. The Corinthians initially only played friendly matches, although later they did compete for the Sheriff of London Charity Shield, as they were charity matches, and after World War I entered the FA Cup. The Corinthians toured the world and the Brazilian Corinthians Paulista were so named in their honour. Dewhurst had also featured for the team at Cambridge University where he studied. Dewhurst made a total of 32 appearances for the Corinthians and scored 18 goals. He earned one England cap against Wales on 18 March 1895. Dewhurst was given permission to feature for Liverpool and it was reported that he didn't think it was beneath his dignity "to dress along with professionals. Others we could mention might learn a lesson of honesty of purpose from the Cambridge amateur." According to the Liverpool Echo the appearance of Dewhurst, was an "event eagerly looked forward to." Liverpool beat Crewe 2-0 and guaranteed the second division Championship with four games to go.
Dewhurst joined his family cotton trading firm, Geo. & R. Dewhurst Ltd., becoming Chairman and Managing Director. He was also Chairman of the Vulcan Insurance Company of Manchester and later became Chairman of Williams Deacon's Bank and a director of The Royal Bank of Scotland. Dewhurst greatly benefited from the cotton trade and lived in a house with 33 rooms. A 1911 census reveals he lived there with his wife, two sons, two nieces and ten servants! A passenger steam engine was even named after him in 1920 as he was a Great Central Railway director.
Appearances per season
Gerard has mistakenly been called Gerald by various sources throughout the years. His birth registration in 1872 states that his name is Gerard Powys Dewhurst as does his census returns. Thanks to Chris Goodwin at England Football Online for discovering this.
A more detailed look at the player's appearances
From Manchester Courier on 7 March, 1894.