Player profile

Bill McCann

Bill McCann

Birthdate: 5 February 1871
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Date of death: 5 March 1955
Other clubs: Strathclyde, Abercorn (1892-94), Paisley Celtic
Bought from: Abercorn
Signed for LFC: 25.05.1894
Liverpool debut: 01.09.1894
Last appearance: 16.02.1895
Contract expiry: March 1895
Win ratio: 17.65% W:3 D:4 L:10
LFC league games/goals: 15 / 0
Total LFC games/goals: 17 / 0

Player profile

McCann left blue and white-striped Abercorn Football Club in Paisley, Scotland for the blue and white of Liverpool Football Club. He was Liverpool’s first-choice goalkeeper for the first half of the 1894/95 season. He lost his place after conceding 11 goals in three successive matches against Aston Villa, Burnley and Stoke. He was replaced by Matt McQueen, a remarkably versatile footballer who was equally at home in goal as he was as an outfield player. McQueen was given seven matches as the club’s last line of defence before McCann returned for a 4-0 home win over West Bromwich Albion on New Year’s Day 1895. But only four days later Liverpool were thrashed 5-0 at Sheffield Wednesday in a game which McCann was "very shaky" and "very evident that this fine player was not taking care of himself" according to the Liverpool Mercury. The defeat to Wednesday proved to be McCann’s final League appearance for the club, although he was picked to play in goal for two FA Cup matches against Barnsley St. Peter’s and Nottingham Forest in the middle of February 1895.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 15 2 0 0 0 17
1894-1895 15 2 0 0 0 17

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
2 Stoke City
2 Aston Villa
2 Blackburn Rovers
2 WBA
2 Burnley
1 Sheffield Wednesday
1 Barnsley
1 Nottingham Forest
1 Everton
1 Wolves
1 Bolton Wanderers
1 Sheffield United
Total Competition
15 League
2 FA Cup

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 01.09.1894 Blackburn Rovers Ewood Park League

Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Strathclyde Scotland N/A N/A N/A N/A
Abercorn 1892-1893 Scotland Division 1 9 0 9 0
Abercorn 1893-1894 Scotland Division 2 12 0 12 0
Paisley Celtic 1895- N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total 21 0 21 0
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