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George Fleming

George Fleming

Birthdate: 20 May 1869
Birthplace: Bannockburn, Scotland
Date of death: 12 August 1922
Other clubs: Cardross Swifts, Broxburn, East Stirlingshire (1893-94), Wolverhampton Wanderers (1894-1901)
Bought from: Wolverhampton Wanderers
Signed for LFC: 02.05.1901
Liverpool debut: 21.09.1901
Last appearance: 11.09.1905
Debut goal: 08.02.1902
Last goal: 16.04.1904
Contract expiry: 1906
Win ratio: 46.99% W:39 D:12 L:32
Honours: Second Division 1904/05
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 11 / 0
LFC league games/goals: 79 / 5
Total LFC games/goals: 83 / 6

Player profile

After featuring in 187 matches for first division Wolves from 1894-1901, Fleming was five years at Liverpool when the club's contrasting fortunes were quite dramatic. When Fleming played his first game Liverpool were defending their first Football League Championship and yet would be relegated just three years later. Liverpool bounced straight back by winning the Second and then the First Division in successive seasons. Fleming played in a number of different positions, making him the utility player of his time, but he preferred the centre-half position.

Fleming had his best season in 1904/05 when after missing the opening five second division fixtures he played in the remaining 29. He started the 1905/06 championship season in the first team but lost his place after three matches to newcomer James Bradley. Fleming never featured for Liverpool again, but stayed on to become assistant trainer at the club until his death in 1922. The joint Everton/Liverpool programme in 1904 captured the essence of Fleming: "The old wolf. Never a star, but ever a worker. Can still do good service if called upon. Never gives up."

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 79 4 0 0 0 83
1901-1902 25 2 0 0 0 27
1902-1903 4 0 0 0 0 4
1903-1904 18 0 0 0 0 18
1904-1905 29 2 0 0 0 31
1905-1906 3 0 0 0 0 3

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
5 Aston Villa
5 Everton
5 Grimsby Town
4 Sheffield United
4 Derby
4 Bolton Wanderers
3 Newcastle United
3 Manchester City
3 Blackburn Rovers
3 Nottingham Forest
3 Sunderland
3 Notts County
3 Wolves
3 Birmingham City
3 Sheffield Wednesday
2 Port Vale
2 Doncaster Rovers
2 Barnsley
2 Blackpool
2 Gainsborough Trinity
2 Bristol City
2 Manchester United
2 Leicester City
2 WBA
2 Burnley
1 Arsenal
1 Bury
1 Southampton
1 Lincoln City
1 Stoke City
1 Burton United
1 Glossop North End
1 Chesterfield
1 Bradford City
Total Competition
79 League
4 FA Cup

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 5 1 0 0 0 6
1901-1902 1 1 0 0 0 2
1902-1903 0 0 0 0 0 0
1903-1904 4 0 0 0 0 4
1904-1905 0 0 0 0 0 0
1905-1906 0 0 0 0 0 0

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Competition
5 League
1 FA Cup
Total Open play/Penalty
5 Open play
1 Penalty

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 21.09.1901 Sunderland Roker Park League
50 01.10.1904 Leicester Fosse Anfield League

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 81 08.02.1902 Southampton The Dell FA Cup

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Related Quotes

"Geordie Fleming is acting in the capacity of trainer. When his playing days were over he had such a regard for Anfield that he could not leave the place. The officials also had a notion of George for he was a good servant to the club from the day he was transferred from the Wolves. George looks after the young players at Anfield and they could not have a more efficient master. “Geordie” has forgotten more about football than most players will ever learn. He was a good half in his day and I cannot understand why he was never chosen to represent the country of his birth. He was certainly worth a trial in a representative game."

Alex Raisbeck on George Fleming in 1915

Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Cardross Swifts N/A N/A N/A N/A
Broxburn Scotland N/A N/A N/A N/A
East Stirlingshire 1891-1892 Scotland N/A N/A N/A N/A
Wolves 1894-1895 England First Division 16 4 20 4
Wolves 1895-1896 England First Division 7 1 7 1
Wolves 1896-1897 England First Division 17 0 19 0
Wolves 1897-1898 England First Division 30 0 32 0
Wolves 1898-1899 England First Division 34 1 37 1
Wolves 1899-1900 England First Division 34 0 36 0
Wolves 1900-1901 England First Division 33 1 36 1
Total 171 7 187 7
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