Players - Hugh Lester

Hugh Lester
Birthdate: 1891
Birthplace: Lehigh, Iowa, USA
Date of death: 5 August 1933
Other clubs: Earlestown, St Helens Recreation (1911), Oldham Athletic (1913-19), Prescot (wartime guest), Reading (1919-20)
Bought from: Local
Signed for LFC: 01.12.1911
Liverpool debut: 08.04.1912
Last appearance: 14.10.1912
Contract expiry: May 1913
Win ratio: 50% W:1 D:0 L:1
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 0 / 0
League games / goals: 2 / 0
Total games / goals: 2 / 0

Player Profile

American-born Lester was the first player born outside the British Isles to play for Liverpool. He was a noted amateur sprinter with a time of 10.5 seconds for the 100 yards. He only played twice for Liverpool's first team as an outside-left, the first occasion being towards the end of the 1911/12 season for an away match at Bradford City, which the visitors won by two goals to nil. His only other appearance came the following season as part of the team that lost 4-1 at Sheffield United on 14 October 1912. When at Oldham he was moved to full-back. He utilised his speed to go up-field but his final touch on the ball was said to lack "heartiness". Lester returned to the USA in the 1920's.
Appearances per season
Please note

Many thanks to James Cotton at for giving us this hard-to-find profile photo of Lester.

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 2 0 0 0 0 2
1911-1912 1 0 0 0 0 1
1912-1913 1 0 0 0 0 1
A more detailed look at the player's appearances
Total Opponent
1 Sheffield United
1 Bradford City
Total Competition
2 League
Milestone Appearances
# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 08.04.1912 Bradford City Valley Parade League