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Arthur Metcalf

Arthur Metcalf

Birthdate: 8 April 1889
Birthplace: Seaham, County Durham, England
Date of death: 9 February 1936
Other clubs: Herrington Swifts (1907-08), Hebburn Argyle (1908-09), North Shields Athletic (1909), Newcastle United (1909-12), Stockport County (1919-20), Swindon Town (1920-22), Accrington Stanley (1922-23), Aberdare Athletic (1923-25), Norwich City (1925-26)
Bought from: Newcastle United
Signed for LFC: £150, 24.05.1912
Liverpool debut: 28.09.1912
Last appearance: 20.03.1915
Debut goal: 14.10.1912
Last goal: 13.03.1915
Contract expiry: 1919
Win ratio: 39.68% W:25 D:12 L:26
Games/goals ratio: 2.25
Wartime games/goals: 91 / 42
LFC league games/goals: 52 / 23
Total LFC games/goals: 63 / 28

Player profile

Metcalf had only played 12 games and scored two goals in three seasons at first division Newcastle when he arrived at Liverpool, 23 years of age. This clever and thoughtful player had a good goals-per-game ratio at Liverpool and was the club's top-scorer in his debut 1912/13 season, when he netted 18 times from 32 matches both featuring as an outside-left and inside-right. He also scored a hat-trick in the FA Cup that year in a 4-1 second round victory at Arsenal. The following season Metcalf was badly injured against Sunderland on 13 September and hardly featured for five months, but played a big part in Liverpool's cup run that got them all the way to their first-ever FA Cup final on 25 April 1914. Unfortunately, Liverpool lost 1-0 to Burnley. Despite the outbreak of war, the 1914/15 season was completed and Metcalf added another seven goals to his career total, in 16 games. Although he never played competitive League football for Liverpool again, Metcalf was a prolific scorer for the club in the local Lancashire leagues that were arranged to replace the four national divisions. The Lancashire Daily Post said he was a "likeable man who knew the whole alphabet of the game." Metcalf passed away on 9 February 1936, only 46 years of age. He had taken ill when on duty as a gateman at Anfield.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 52 11 0 0 0 63
1912-1913 28 4 0 0 0 32
1913-1914 10 5 0 0 0 15
1914-1915 14 2 0 0 0 16

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
5 Sunderland
4 Sheffield United
4 Middlesbrough
4 Newcastle United
4 Blackburn Rovers
4 Bolton Wanderers
4 Bradford City
3 Notts County
3 Everton
3 WBA
3 Sheffield Wednesday
3 Derby
3 Aston Villa
2 Manchester United
2 West Ham United
2 Oldham Athletic
2 Tottenham
2 Burnley
2 Arsenal
1 Stockport County
1 QPR
1 Manchester City
1 Bristol City
Total Competition
52 League
11 FA Cup

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 23 5 0 0 0 28
1912-1913 15 3 0 0 0 18
1913-1914 2 1 0 0 0 3
1914-1915 6 1 0 0 0 7

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Competition
23 League
5 FA Cup
Total Open play/Penalty
28 Open play

Wartime Appearances / Goals

Season Appearances Goals
1915-1916 15 5
1916-1917 28 12
1917-1918 30 17
1918-1919 18 8

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 28.09.1912 WBA The Hawthorns League
50 12.09.1914 Sunderland Roker Park League

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 9 14.10.1912 Sheffield United Bramall Lane League

Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Herrington Swifts 1907-1908 England N/A N/A N/A N/A
Hebburn Argyle 1908-1909 North Eastern League N/A N/A N/A N/A
North Shields Athletic 1909 North Eastern League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Newcastle United 1909-1910 England First Division 4 0 4 0
Newcastle United 1910-1911 England First Division 4 2 4 2
Newcastle United 1911-1912 England First Division 4 0 4 0
Stockport County 1919-1920 England Second Division 36 13 37 13
Swindon Town 1920-1921 England Third Division 13 4 13 4
Swindon Town 1921-1922 England Third Division South 18 2 18 2
Accrington Stanley 1922-1923 England Third Division North 31 18 31 18
Aberdare Athletic 1923-1924 England Third Division South 36 6 41 7
Aberdare Athletic 1924-1925 England Third Division South 35 4 37 4
Norwich City 1925-1926 England Third Division South 2 0 2 0
Total 183 49 191 50
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