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George Livingstone

George Livingstone

Birthdate: 5 May 1876
Birthplace: Dumbarton, Scotland
Date of death: 15 January 1950
Other clubs: Sinclair Swifts, Artizan Thistle, Parkhead, Dumbarton (1895-96), Hearts (1896-1900), Sunderland (1900-01), Celtic (1901-02), Manchester City (1903-06), Rangers (1906-09), Manchester United (1909-14)
Bought from: Celtic
Signed for LFC: £200, 28.05.1902
International debut: 07.04.1906 vs. England
International caps: 2/0 (at Manchester City and Rangers) - 04.03.1907
Liverpool debut: 06.09.1902
Last appearance: 27.04.1903
Debut goal: 06.09.1902
Last goal: 06.12.1902
Contract expiry: 06.05.1903
Win ratio: 50% W:16 D:3 L:13
Games/goals ratio: 8
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 8 / 0
Wartime games/goals: 1 / 0
LFC league games/goals: 31 / 4
Total LFC games/goals: 32 / 4

Player profile

Livingstone was an inside-forward who joined Sunderland from Hearts prior to the 1900/01 season and was their top-scorer with 11 League goals as the Roker Park outfit finished second in the League two points behind champions Liverpool. Sunderland went on to win the League the following season but by then Livingstone had moved back north to Celtic. He scored seven goals in 23 matches and played in the Scottish Cup final. He came closest to score for Celtic when he hit the post. Hibernian won 1-0 and a month later Livingstone joined Liverpool. Livingstone played in 31 of Liverpool’s 34 first division fixtures in 1902/03, the only season he figured in the first team. He scored on his debut in a 5-2 win over Blackburn Rovers at Anfield on the opening day, but would find the net on only three more occasions. Livingstone made his Scotland debut in the ill-fated game against England at Ibrox on 5 April 1902. Twenty-six spectators lost their lives and 517 were injured when the back of the newly-built West Tribune stand collapsed due to heavy rainfall the previous night. Hundreds of supporters fell up to 40 feet (12 meters) to the ground below. Subsequently, this match was deemed unofficial and caps awarded do not show in official records. Livingstone made his official international debut four years later. Even though Livingstone didn't have a particularly successful career at Liverpool, he was certainly popular with his teammates and was said to have been a great joker in the dressing room.

The highlight of Livingstone's career came after he'd left Liverpool and joined Manchester City. His tremendous pass to Billy Meredith resulted in the winning goal for City against Bolton in the 1904 FA Cup final. After a couple of years at Rangers where he scored 20 goals in 47 league appearances, Livingstone joined Manchester United in 1909. United won the League in the 1910/11 season in which Livingstone appeared in quarter of the games. He retired in 1914 and later became coach at Rangers (1920-1927) and Bradford City (1928-1935). The Scotsman played for both Celtic and Rangers and also for Manchester City and Manchester United and could have added the third set of rivals, the Merseyside ones, to his impressive resume. The future Red went on trial to Everton in March 1900 when he was registered at Hearts. A note in Everton's minute books on 23 May 1899 reveals that the Blues had resolved to make a £250 bid for Livingstone but he never joined the Blues as he was sold to Sunderland from Hearts for £175 in May 1900.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 31 1 0 0 0 32
1902-1903 31 1 0 0 0 32

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
2 Sheffield United
2 Middlesbrough
2 Derby
2 Stoke City
2 Aston Villa
2 Newcastle United
2 Bury
2 Nottingham Forest
2 Everton
2 Wolves
2 WBA
2 Sheffield Wednesday
2 Grimsby Town
2 Notts County
1 Bolton Wanderers
1 Blackburn Rovers
1 Manchester United
1 Sunderland
Total Competition
31 League
1 FA Cup

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 4 0 0 0 0 4
1902-1903 4 0 0 0 0 4

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

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

Wartime Appearances / Goals

Season Appearances Goals
1942-1943 1 0

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 06.09.1902 Blackburn Rovers Anfield League

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 0 06.09.1902 Blackburn Rovers Anfield League

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Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Sinclair Swifts Scotland N/A N/A N/A N/A
Artizan Thistle Scotland N/A N/A N/A N/A
Parkhead Scotland N/A N/A N/A N/A
Dumbarton 1895-1896 Scotland Division 1 0 0 0 0
Hearts 1896-1897 Scotland Division 1 3 2 3 2
Hearts 1897-1898 Scotland Division 1 13 3 13 3
Hearts 1898-1899 Scotland Division 1 18 13 18 13
Hearts 1899-1900 Scotland Division 1 16 8 16 8
Sunderland 1900-1901 England First Division 30 12 31 12
Celtic 1901-1902 Scotland Division 1 17 4 23 7
Manchester City 1903-1904 England First Division 29 5 35 6
Manchester City 1904-1905 England First Division 26 7 26 7
Manchester City 1905-1906 England First Division 26 7 27 7
Rangers 1906-1907 Scotland Division 1 10 4 13 6
Rangers 1907-1908 Scotland Division 1 24 10 27 11
Rangers 1908-1909 Scotland Division 1 13 6 13 6
Manchester United 1908-1909 England First Division 11 3 13 3
Manchester United 1909-1910 England First Division 16 0 16 0
Manchester United 1910-1911 England First Division 10 0 10 0
Manchester United 1911-1912 England First Division 1 0 1 0
Manchester United 1912-1913 England First Division 2 1 2 1
Manchester United 1913-1914 England First Division 3 0 4 0
Total 268 85 291 92
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