Player profile

Neil McBain

Neil McBain

Birthdate: 15 November 1895
Birthplace: Campbeltown, Argyll, Scotland
Other clubs: Campbelltown Academical (1912-14), Ayr United (1914-21); Portsmouth, Southampton (wartime guest), Manchester United (1921-23), Everton (1923-26), St. Johnstone (1926-28), Watford (1928-31), New Brighton (1947)
Bought from: St. Johnstone
Signed for LFC: £1,000, 08.03.1928
International debut: 08.04.1922 vs. England
International caps: 3/0 (Manchester United and Everton) - 16.02.1924
Liverpool debut: 10.03.1928
Last appearance: 03.11.1928
Contract expiry: 23.11.1928
Win ratio: 16.67% W:2 D:5 L:5
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 7 / 0
LFC league games/goals: 12 / 0
Total LFC games/goals: 12 / 0

Player profile

A Scotland international who had both served both Manchester United and Everton from 1921-1926 before returning to Scotland for a couple of years. Ayr United's McBain had trials at Kilmarnock and Third Lanark before joining Manchester United in November 1921. As Liverpool won the League United were relegated and McBain left Old Trafford in the middle of the 1922/23 season for first division Everton. At Liverpool McBain replaced long-serving full-back Tommy Lucas for the final stages of the 1927/28 season, when he played in ten of the last 11 fixtures. He only played twice more for the club, on both occasions replacing Tom Bromilow, in consecutive matches against Arsenal and Birmingham in the late-autumn of 1928. McBain who was known for his heading ability and elegance on the ball is the oldest player ever to appear in a League match at the age of 51 years and 120 days. In March 1947 he was the manager of third division's north New Brighton which were short of a goalkeeper and he put himself in goal, conceding three goals in a 3-0 loss against Hartlepool. He had two spells as manager at Watford and Ayr United and coached in Argentina at Estudiantes de la Plata from 1949-1951.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 12 0 0 0 0 12
1927-1928 10 0 0 0 0 10
1928-1929 2 0 0 0 0 2

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
1 Cardiff City
1 Middlesbrough
1 Huddersfield Town
1 Manchester United
1 Newcastle United
1 Blackburn Rovers
1 Leicester City
1 Burnley
1 Arsenal
1 Birmingham City
1 Sheffield Wednesday
1 Tottenham
Total Competition
12 League

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 10.03.1928 Blackburn Rovers Ewood Park League

Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Campbelltown Academical N/A N/A N/A N/A
Ayr United 1914-1915 Scotland Division 1 1 0 1 0
Ayr United 1915-1916 Scotland Division 1 7 2 7 2
Ayr United 1918-1919 Scotland Division 1 29 8 29 8
Ayr United 1919-1920 Scotland Division 1 35 1 35 1
Ayr United 1920-1921 Scotland Division 1 27 0 27 0
Ayr United 1921-1922 Scotland Division 1 18 0 18 0
Manchester United 1921-1922 England First Division 21 0 22 0
Manchester United 1922-1923 England Second Division 21 2 21 2
Everton 1922-1923 England First Division 15 0 15 0
Everton 1923-1924 England First Division 37 0 39 0
Everton 1924-1925 England First Division 35 0 39 0
Everton 1925-1926 England First Division 10 1 10 1
St. Johnstone 1926-1927 Scotland Division 1 27 4 27 4
St. Johnstone 1927-1928 Scotland Division 1 11 0 11 0
Watford 1928-1929 England Third Division South 27 2 30 2
Watford 1929-1930 England Third Division South 33 2 34 2
Watford 1930-1931 England Third Division South 25 1 30 1
New Brighton 1946-1947 England Third Division North 1 0 1 0
Total 380 23 396 23
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