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Jimmy Harrop

Jimmy Harrop

Birthdate: 5 February 1884
Birthplace: Heeley, Sheffield, England
Date of death: 25 May 1954
Other clubs: Meersbrook Albion (1898-99), Heeley St. Peter’s (1899-1900), Kent Road Mission (1900-02), Ranmoor Wesleyans (1902-03), Sheffield Wednesday (1903-05), Denaby United (1905-07), Rotherham Town (1907-08), Aston Villa (1912-21); Sheffield Wednesday (2 / wartime guest), Sheffield United (1921-22), Burton All Saints (1922-23), Buxton (1923-24)
Bought from: Rotherham Town
Signed for LFC: £250, January 1908
Liverpool debut: 18.01.1908
Last appearance: 13.04.1912
Debut goal: 27.03.1909
Last goal: 07.10.1911
Contract expiry: 29 June 1912
Win ratio: 41.01% W:57 D:26 L:56
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 11 / 0
LFC league games/goals: 133 / 4
Total LFC games/goals: 139 / 4

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"Heads Up" Harrop as he was known in Liverpool was tagged as legend's Alex Raisbeck's successor in the middle of the Liverpool defence. Harrop started out as a forward, but was moved to centre-half with Rotherham Town where he was appointed captain. He was playing for Town in the Midland league when a Liverpool director went to watch Foster, who later joined Bristol City, but discovered Harrop. The club programme liked the look of him when he was still a relative newcomer to the Liverpool ranks: "Our early impressions of Harrop have been distinctly pleasing, for he uses his head to advantage in a double sense, and seems imbued with a determination to play the game intelligently and fairly." The Sunday Chronicle gave its approval on 16 January 1910: "The Liverpool club have the gift of discovering men who have the genius to play centre half-back. Who would ever have thought that the legitimate successor to Alec Raisbeck could be found at the first attempt? James Harrop has followed the great Scot with such felicitous feet and such harmonious heading that he is unquestionably building a lasting reputation. Raisbeck was fresh in complexion, with lint locks, and sturdy build. Harrop is sallow as a son of Romany, has jet-black hair, and is slim of both body and mind."

Harrop was a cool, methodical player, who quickly established himself at the heart of the club's defence for the next four years. Liverpool were in the bottom half of the first division table three out of the four seasons Harrop was a regular in the side, but managed to finish second behind Aston Villa in the 1909/10 season when his "raven locks" had replaced legend Raisbeck's "golden crown". Harrop and goalkeeper Sam Hardy left Liverpool for Aston Villa in the summer of 1912. They had formed a sound friendship and were called "The Liverpool twins". Villa had finished sixth in the First Division, while Liverpool had been close to relegation. The dynamic duo won the FA Cup in their debut season at Villa, beating Sunderland 1-0 in the final. Villa finished runners-up in the League in Harrop's first two seasons and he stayed at Villa Park until 1921 playing 170 League and cup matches and scoring four goals.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 133 6 0 0 0 139
1907-1908 8 0 0 0 0 8
1908-1909 30 1 0 0 0 31
1909-1910 32 1 0 0 0 33
1910-1911 34 2 0 0 0 36
1911-1912 29 2 0 0 0 31

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
9 Aston Villa
9 Preston North End
8 Newcastle United
8 Arsenal
8 Sheffield Wednesday
8 Notts County
7 Bury
7 Middlesbrough
7 Sunderland
7 Manchester United
7 Blackburn Rovers
6 Everton
6 Bristol City
6 Tottenham
5 Nottingham Forest
4 Bolton Wanderers
4 Manchester City
4 Chelsea
4 Sheffield United
4 Bradford City
3 Oldham Athletic
2 WBA
1 Gainsborough Trinity
1 Leyton
1 Birmingham City
1 Fulham
1 Leicester City
1 Lincoln City
Total Competition
133 League
6 FA Cup

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 4 0 0 0 0 4
1907-1908 0 0 0 0 0 0
1908-1909 1 0 0 0 0 1
1909-1910 1 0 0 0 0 1
1910-1911 1 0 0 0 0 1
1911-1912 1 0 0 0 0 1

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Competition
4 League
Total Open play/Penalty
4 Open play

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 18.01.1908 Bolton Wanderers Anfield League
50 06.11.1909 Bury Anfield League
100 11.03.1911 Middlesbrough Anfield League

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 0 27.03.1909 Middlesbrough Anfield League

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Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Meersbrook Albion 1898-1899 Abbeydale and District League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Heeley St. Peter’s 1899-1900 Heeley and District League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Kent Road Mission 1900-1902 Sheffield Sunday School League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Ranmoor Wesleyans 1902-1903 Sheffield Minor League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Sheffield Wednesday 1903-1905 England First Division 0 0 0 0
Denaby United 1905-1907 Midland League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Rotherham Town 1907-1908 Midland League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Aston Villa 1912-1913 England First Division 0 0 0 0
Aston Villa 1913-1914 England First Division 0 0 0 0
Aston Villa 1914-1915 England First Division 32 2 34 2
Aston Villa 1919-1920 England First Division 31 0 35 0
Aston Villa 1920-1921 England First Division 20 0 23 0
Sheffield United 1920-1921 England First Division 6 0 6 0
Sheffield United 1921-1922 England First Division 8 0 8 0
Burton All Saints 1922-1924 Birmingham & District League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total 97 2 106 2
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