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Andy McGuigan

Andy McGuigan

Birthdate: 24 February 1878
Birthplace: Newton Stewart, Scotland
Other clubs: Newton Stewart (1893-98), Hibernian (1898-1900), Middlesbrough (1902-04), Brynn Central (1904-05), Accrington Stanley (1905-06), Burslem Port Vale (1906-07), Bristol City (1907-08), Barrow (1908), Exeter City (1908-10)
Bought from: Hibernian
Signed for LFC: May 1900
Liverpool debut: 06.10.1900
Last appearance: 08.02.1902
Debut goal: 27.10.1900
Last goal: 04.01.1902
Contract expiry: 02.12.1902
Win ratio: 43.24% W:16 D:9 L:12
Games/goals ratio: 2.64
Honours: League Championship 1900/01
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 1 / 0
LFC league games/goals: 32 / 14
Total LFC games/goals: 37 / 14

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McGuigan was a speedy and tricky forward who was the first player to score five goals in a League game for Liverpool. His extraordinary quintet came against Stoke on 4 January 1902. It did make his task a lot easier that a number of Stoke's players were suffering from food poisoning after having eaten bad fish prior to the match. During the game a number of McGuigan's opponents had to leave the field to throw up and at one point there were only seven Stoke players left! McGuigan made his debut on 6 October 1900 when the Reds visited Derby County and scored five times in the 14 first division games he was selected for that year, enough to be eligible for a League Championship medal. Liverpool slumped to eleventh place a year later as they unsuccessfully defended their crown but McGuigan still contributed a goal every other game to give him very respectable final figures for Liverpool. After struggling with a knee injury McGuigan was transferred to Middlesbrough in December 1902. He broke down after only one game and Middlesbrough wanted Liverpool to return the heavy transfer fee paid for him but the Reds refused providing a doctor's certificate showing McGuigan with a clean bill of health. McGuigan left 'Boro after this single appearance.

McGuigan caused quite a stir in 1897 when he was a player with Newton Stewart and was invited to the Scotland International trials. In those days a seven-man selection committee picked the international team. The Evening Times wondered why a player from small-profile Newton Stewart was selected when the likes of Falkirk, Partick Thistle and Motherwell had no players present and Hearts, the current league champions, only had one player. He obviously didn't impress and the Evening Times said that McGuigan should not had "been asked to quit that region not even for an afternoon." The Scotsman later became a club director at Liverpool serving during the club's League Championship wins in 1922 and 1923.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 32 5 0 0 0 37
1900-1901 14 2 0 0 0 16
1901-1902 18 3 0 0 0 21
1902-1903 0 0 0 0 0 0

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
5 Everton
3 Bolton Wanderers
3 Derby
3 Aston Villa
2 Stoke City
2 Sunderland
2 Bury
2 Manchester City
2 Blackburn Rovers
2 Notts County
2 Wolves
2 Nottingham Forest
1 Sheffield United
1 Birmingham City
1 Sheffield Wednesday
1 West Ham United
1 Preston North End
1 Southampton
1 Newcastle United
Total Competition
32 League
5 FA Cup

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 14 0 0 0 0 14
1900-1901 5 0 0 0 0 5
1901-1902 9 0 0 0 0 9
1902-1903 0 0 0 0 0 0

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Competition
14 League
Total Open play/Penalty
14 Open play

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 06.10.1900 Derby Baseball Ground League

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 0 27.10.1900 Preston North End Anfield League

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Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Newton Stewart 1893-1898 Scotland N/A N/A N/A N/A
Hibernian 1898-1899 Scotland Division 1 17 4 17 4
Hibernian 1899-1900 Scotland Division 1 18 12 18 12
Middlesbrough 1903-1904 England First Division 1 0 1 0
Brynn Central 1904-1905 Lancashire Combination 2 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Accrington Stanley 1905-1906 Lancashire Combination 1 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Port Vale 1906-1907 England Second Division 0 0 0 0
Bristol City 1907-1908 England First Division 0 0 0 0
Barrow 1908 Lancashire Combination 2 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Exeter City 1908-1910 Southern League 1 44 20 44 20
Total 80 36 80 36
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