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Ronald Orr

Ronald Orr

Birthdate: 6 August 1876
Birthplace: Bartonholm, Ayrshire, Scotland
Date of death: 21 March 1924
Other clubs: Kilwinning Eglinton (1896-97), Glossop North End (1897-98), St. Mirren (1898-1901), Newcastle United (1901-08), Raith Rovers (1912-13), South Shields (1913-19); Fulham (wartime guest)
Bought from: Newcastle United
Signed for LFC: £350, 01.04.1908
International debut: 03.05.1902 vs. England
International caps: 2/1 (at Newcastle) - 09.04.1904
Liverpool debut: 04.04.1908
Last appearance: 16.12.1911
Debut goal: 04.04.1908
Last goal: 09.09.1911
Contract expiry: January 1912
Win ratio: 43.75% W:49 D:20 L:43
Games/goals ratio: 2.87
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 5 / 2
LFC league games/goals: 108 / 36
Total LFC games/goals: 112 / 39

Player profile

5 ft. 5 ins. (165 cm.) inside-forward Orr was a huge success at Newcastle since joining the Tyneside club in May 1901, winning the League Championship in 1905 and 1907, playing 180 games and scoring 69 goals. Orr scored on his Liverpool debut at Aston Villa but it was only a consolation in a heavy 5-1 defeat. He scored four more times in the six remaining fixtures of that 1907/08 season. A year later he was the club's top-scorer with 20 from 33 League games, eight goals more than second-highest scorer, Joe Hewitt. However, the rest of the team didn't follow suit and Liverpool were close to relegation. In fact, Orr almost single-handedly dragged Liverpool out of trouble. Liverpool and Bury were equal on 33 points in fifteenth place when they faced each other in the penultimate game of the season. Orr let fly with “one of his old-time shots” in sixth minute, but Bury went 2-1 up and the Second Division was looming. Orr, however, scored the last goal one minute before the interval. Liverpool needed a point in their last game of the season to avoid relegation. Opponents Newcastle had already secured the Championship. In a scrappy game at St. James' Orr was again Liverpool’s hero, scoring the only goal of the game in the seventy-eighth minute.

In the following season Orr only managed five League goals in 31 games but Liverpool were stronger collectively and finished runners-up. Orr played in the majority of mid-table Liverpool's first division fixtures in 1910/11 and started as a regular in the following season which proved to be his last for Liverpool. He injured ligaments in his right leg in the Merseyside derby on 16 September 1911 and didn't feature again until six weeks later. He then faded out of the picture and his final appearance for the club came at Sheffield United in the middle of December 1911. Two months later he returned to his native Scotland with Raith Rovers.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 108 4 0 0 0 112
1907-1908 7 0 0 0 0 7
1908-1909 33 2 0 0 0 35
1909-1910 31 0 0 0 0 31
1910-1911 30 2 0 0 0 32
1911-1912 7 0 0 0 0 7

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
8 Newcastle United
7 Bury
7 Blackburn Rovers
7 Everton
7 Aston Villa
7 Notts County
6 Arsenal
6 Manchester United
5 Bristol City
5 Sheffield United
5 Middlesbrough
5 Preston North End
5 Sheffield Wednesday
4 Tottenham
4 Bradford City
4 Manchester City
4 Chelsea
4 Nottingham Forest
4 Sunderland
2 Bolton Wanderers
2 Leicester City
1 Oldham Athletic
1 Norwich City
1 Lincoln City
1 Gainsborough Trinity
Total Competition
108 League
4 FA Cup

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 36 3 0 0 0 39
1907-1908 5 0 0 0 0 5
1908-1909 20 3 0 0 0 23
1909-1910 5 0 0 0 0 5
1910-1911 5 0 0 0 0 5
1911-1912 1 0 0 0 0 1

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Competition
36 League
3 FA Cup
Total Open play/Penalty
38 Open play
1 Penalty

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 04.04.1908 Aston Villa Villa Park League
50 23.10.1909 The Wednesday Anfield League
100 01.04.1911 Manchester United Old Trafford League

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 0 04.04.1908 Aston Villa Villa Park League

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Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Kilwinning Eglinton 1896-1897 Scotland N/A N/A N/A N/A
Glossop North End 1897-1898 Midland League N/A N/A N/A N/A
St. Mirren 1898-1899 Scotland Division 1 17 9 17 9
St. Mirren 1899-1900 Scotland Division 1 18 6 18 6
St. Mirren 1901-1902 Scotland Division 1 20 12 20 12
Newcastle United 1901-1902 England First Division 32 9 36 10
Newcastle United 1902-1903 England First Division 23 5 24 5
Newcastle United 1903-1904 England First Division 12 11 13 11
Newcastle United 1904-1905 England First Division 20 9 26 13
Newcastle United 1905-1906 England First Division 35 17 42 21
Newcastle United 1906-1907 England First Division 19 4 20 4
Newcastle United 1907-1908 England First Division 19 5 19 5
Raith Rovers 1911-1912 Scotland Division 1 5 1 5 1
Gateshead 1913-1919 North Eastern League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total 220 88 240 97
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