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Jock McNab

Jock McNab

Birthdate: 17 April 1894
Birthplace: Cleland, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Other clubs: Bellshill Athletic, Queens Park Rangers (1928-30)
Bought from: Bellshill Athletic
Signed for LFC: November 1919
International debut: 17.03.1923 vs. Wales
International caps: 1/0
Liverpool debut: 01.01.1920
Last appearance: 28.01.1928
Debut goal: 15.04.1922
Last goal: 17.09.1927
Contract expiry: June 1928
Win ratio: 48.2% W:107 D:60 L:55
Honours: League Championship 1921/22, 1922/23
LFC league games/goals: 200 / 6
Total LFC games/goals: 222 / 6

Player profile

John McNab was more commonly known as 'Jock' because of his Scottish ancestry. He arrived on Merseyside in November 1919 and made his debut for the club at home to Manchester United on New Year's Day, 1920. He also played in the next first division fixture at Sheffield United two days later but those were his only 'starts' in 1919/20 and he was only selected once in the following season. John Bamber started 1921/22 at right-half but four games into the season he was struck down with appendicitis. Francis Checkland deputised for Bamber in the next five appearances but McNab came in for the tenth match against Preston North End and only missed four first division games until the end of the season, picking up a League Championship medal in the process, something he would also experience a year later, when he missed just three of the 42 matches. McNab continued to be a regular in the club's defence for another four years, but missed two months of the 1923/24 season when he suffered major facial injuries when he hit the windshield of a taxi he was travelling in. McNab moved south to join Queens Park Rangers at the end of the 1927/28 season.

Scotsman McNab was a tough customer on the field described as "tall, stouthearted, and of great staying power. He has fitted the Liverpool half-back line, added weight and strength to it, and his enthusiasm carries him far." The Derby Day Telegraph reckoned his "robustness is sometimes a mistaken idea, he’s so big and strong that he can’t help opponents tumbling down when they barge into him." Evidently his enthusiasm got the better of him on 14 February 1925 when he was sent off for kicking a Newcastle player. His teammate Walter Wadsworth was sent off as well along with Newcastle's Urwin. An amusing postscript to the game was when Wadsworth and McNab were bemoaning their luck after being sent off, there was a knock on the dressing room door. 'Who is it?', asked McNab, and was told it was one of the club's directors. 'Bloody hell, has the ref started to send the directors off now?', came McNab's response.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 200 21 0 0 1 222
1919-1920 2 0 0 0 0 2
1920-1921 1 0 0 0 0 1
1921-1922 29 3 0 0 1 33
1922-1923 39 4 0 0 0 43
1923-1924 30 4 0 0 0 34
1924-1925 29 2 0 0 0 31
1925-1926 34 3 0 0 0 37
1926-1927 29 4 0 0 0 33
1927-1928 7 1 0 0 0 8

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
14 Arsenal
13 Bolton Wanderers
12 Sunderland
11 Huddersfield Town
11 Everton
11 Birmingham City
11 Burnley
11 Tottenham
10 WBA
10 Newcastle United
10 Aston Villa
9 Cardiff City
9 Blackburn Rovers
7 Sheffield United
7 Middlesbrough
7 Bury
7 Manchester United
6 Preston North End
6 Manchester City
6 Notts County
5 Nottingham Forest
4 Leeds United
4 Southampton
3 West Ham United
3 Leicester City
2 Bournemouth
2 Chelsea
2 Derby
2 Stoke City
1 Bristol City
1 Oldham Athletic
1 Bradford City
1 Fulham
1 Sheffield Wednesday
1 Wolves
1 Southport
Total Competition
200 League
21 FA Cup
1 Charity Shield

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 6 0 0 0 0 6
1919-1920 0 0 0 0 0 0
1920-1921 0 0 0 0 0 0
1921-1922 2 0 0 0 0 2
1922-1923 1 0 0 0 0 1
1923-1924 0 0 0 0 0 0
1924-1925 2 0 0 0 0 2
1925-1926 0 0 0 0 0 0
1926-1927 0 0 0 0 0 0
1927-1928 1 0 0 0 0 1

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Competition
6 League
Total Open play/Penalty
6 Open play

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 01.01.1920 Manchester United Anfield League
50 11.11.1922 Tottenham Anfield League
100 01.03.1924 Arsenal Highbury League
150 26.09.1925 Everton Anfield League
200 12.02.1927 Everton Anfield League

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 73 15.04.1922 Cardiff City Anfield League

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Related Quotes

"McNab’s physique is tremendous. He has height, weight and determination, and never knows when he is beaten. In addition he has a very strong shot."

Jock McNab described in a match report in Football Echo in 1921

McNab was a real hard nut, whose idea of getting ready for a match was to have a couple of pints of Guinness. In one match at Newcastle, which got a bit out of hand, McNab was sent off for throwing a handful of mud at another player and he was followed to the dressing room by Wadsworth a few minutes later.

While the two of them were bemoaning their luck, there was a knock on the dressing room door. 'Who is it?', asked McNab, and was told it was one of the club's directors. 'Bloody hell, has the ref started to send the directors off now?', came McNab's response.

Liverpool Echo reporter on Jock McNab, who was sent off against Newcastle on 14th of February 1925

Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Belshill Athletic Scotland N/A N/A N/A N/A
QPR 1928-1929 England Third Division South 32 2 33 2
QPR 1929-1930 England Third Division South 22 0 26 0
Total 54 2 59 2
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