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Willie Donnelly

Willie Donnelly

Birthdate: 1872
Birthplace: Magherafelt, Ireland
Date of death: December 1934
Other clubs: Vale of Clyde, Hibernian (1893-95), Clyde (1895-96), Clyde (2 / 1898-1900), Celtic (1900-01), Belfast Celtic (1901-03)
Bought from: Clyde
Signed for LFC: May 1896
Liverpool debut: 26.12.1896
Last appearance: 13.02.1897
Contract expiry: 22.06.1898
Win ratio: 62.5% W:5 D:1 L:2
LFC league games/goals: 6 / 0
Total LFC games/goals: 8 / 0

Player profile

Anyone who got a penalty against Clyde wasn't too optimistic as Donnelly faced 21 spot-kicks in their goal and saved 19! Donnelly was Liverpool's second-choice goalkeeper during the 1896/97 season. Harry Storer played in the first 19 games from August up to and including Christmas Day 1896 until he got injured. Donnelly did so well in his absence that when Storer got fit in January he was loaned mid-season to Hibernian. The club's main goalkeeper, McColl, was out injured and Liverpool helped the Scottish side out of their troubles. Donnelly took over on Boxing Day at Burnley and conceded 16 goals in eight matches until Storer returned from Scotland.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 6 2 0 0 0 8
1896-1897 6 2 0 0 0 8

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
2 Stoke City
1 Wolves
1 Bolton Wanderers
1 WBA
1 Burnley
1 Burton Swifts
1 Sheffield United
Total Competition
6 League
2 FA Cup

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 26.12.1896 Burnley Turf Moor League

Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Vale of Clyde Scotland N/A N/A N/A N/A
Hibernian 1893-1894 Scotland Division 1 9 0 9 0
Hibernian 1894-1895 Scotland Division 1 12 0 12 0
Clyde 1895-1896 Scotland Division 1 17 0 17 0
Clyde 1898-1899 Scotland Division 1 18 0 18 0
Clyde 1899-1900 Scotland Division 1 2 0 2 0
Celtic 1900-1901 Scotland Division 1 3 0 5 0
Belfast Celtic 1900-1901 Irish League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total 61 0 63 0
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