Players - Maurice Parry

Maurice Parry
Birthdate: 7 November 1877
Birthplace: Trefonen, England
Date of death: 24 March 1935
Other clubs: Newtown (1894-96), Long Eaton Rangers (1896-97), Nottingham Forest (1897), Oswestry United (1897-98), Leicester Fosse (1898-99), Loughborough Town (loan 1899), Brighton United (1899-1900), Partick Thistle (1909-10), Wrexham (1910-11), South African teams (1911-13), Oswestry United (2 / 1913-14)
Bought from: Brighton United
Signed for LFC: 13.08.1900
International debut: 02.03.1901 vs. England
International caps: 16/0 - 15.03.1909
Liverpool debut: 13.10.1900
Last appearance: 27.02.1909
Debut goal: 01.04.1904
Last goal: 16.12.1905
Contract expiry: 17.05.1909
Win ratio: 49.32% W:109 D:39 L:73
Honours: League Championship 1905/06; Second Division 1904/05
League games / goals: 206 / 4
Total games / goals: 221 / 4

Player Profile

"He is apt to grow over-enthusiastic, the fault of his Celtic temperament I suppose, but is often unfairly penalised." Right-half Parry was so described by joint Everton/Liverpool programme in 1904. Parry moved to Leicester to get a job in the engineering trade but signed as a professional for the local club. He admitted he "went into it blindly as I had no intention of becoming a professional." Parry was a very clever player who "could twist and turn and tie the opposing forward in a tangle and then steal the ball from his toe." Parry was called up by Wales on 16 occasions during his nine years at Anfield, even though he was born in Trefonen, three miles east of the England-Wales border, in Shropshire. Parry made his debut early in the 1900/01 season, the year when his club won the League title for the first time. He didn't play enough games to qualify for a medal then but made up for that later in the decade when Liverpool won the Second and First Division in successive seasons, 1904/05 and 1905/06. He wasn't called on for much more than half the fixtures over the next three years and eventually moved to Partick Thistle at the end of the 1908/09 season soon followed by his old Liverpool teammate Alex Raisbeck.

Parry coached in South Africa for a while in 1911-1913 and later held coaching positions at Barcelona, Frankfurt, Cologne and in the Channel Islands. While serving as a Second Lieutenant in the South Wales Borderers he proved a popular figure as reported by one crew member who was on the ship that transported Parry to the Greek island of Lemnos in September 1915. "Of course, he was a person of no small importance in the eyes of our crew, who are all Liverpool men. He was the life and soul of the party, and it was always he who started the music and singing. In an impromptu concert held on the last night, the cry was always ‘Parry.’" The organ-playing tee-totaller returned to Liverpool many years after he had left as a player to bring his coaching skills to the club where he played the majority of his professional career. Having suffered from long-term effects of wartime gassing he died of chronic bronchitis on 24 March 1935, shortly after accepting a coaching position in Jersey. He was sixty years old and had never married.
Appearances per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 206 14 0 0 1 221
1900-1901 8 0 0 0 0 8
1901-1902 12 0 0 0 0 12
1902-1903 31 1 0 0 0 32
1903-1904 29 1 0 0 0 30
1904-1905 30 2 0 0 0 32
1905-1906 36 5 0 0 1 42
1906-1907 19 0 0 0 0 19
1907-1908 21 3 0 0 0 24
1908-1909 20 2 0 0 0 22
A more detailed look at the player's appearances
Apps Minutes Opponent
12 1080 Newcastle United
11 990 Bury
11 990 Blackburn Rovers
11 990 Nottingham Forest
11 990 Everton
10 900 Middlesbrough
10 900 Aston Villa
10 900 Sheffield Wednesday
9 810 Manchester City
9 810 Stoke City
9 810 Sunderland
9 810 Sheffield United
7 630 Derby
7 630 Bolton Wanderers
7 630 Birmingham City
7 630 Notts County
6 540 Manchester United
6 540 Arsenal
6 540 WBA
5 450 Bristol City
5 450 Wolves
5 450 Preston North End
4 360 Leicester City
3 270 Grimsby Town
3 270 Bradford City
3 270 Barnsley
3 270 Lincoln City
2 180 Brighton & Hove Albion
2 180 Chelsea
2 180 Blackpool
2 180 Chesterfield
2 180 Doncaster Rovers
2 180 Burton United
2 180 Glossop North End
2 180 Gainsborough Trinity
1 90 Corinthians
1 90 Brentford
1 90 Port Vale
1 90 Southampton
1 90 Norwich City
1 90 Burnley
Total Venue
113 Home
106 Away
2 Neutral
Total Competition
206 League
14 FA Cup
1 Sheriff of London Charity Shield
Total Manager
221 Tom Watson
Goals per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 4 0 0 0 0 4
1900-1901 0 0 0 0 0 0
1901-1902 0 0 0 0 0 0
1902-1903 0 0 0 0 0 0
1903-1904 1 0 0 0 0 1
1904-1905 2 0 0 0 0 2
1905-1906 1 0 0 0 0 1
1906-1907 0 0 0 0 0 0
1907-1908 0 0 0 0 0 0
1908-1909 0 0 0 0 0 0
A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring
Total Competition
4 League
Total Goal origin
4 Open play
Milestone Appearances
# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 13.10.1900 Bolton Wanderers Anfield League
50 18.04.1903 Nottingham Forest City Ground League
100 07.01.1905 Chesterfield Anfield League
150 02.04.1906 Bury Gigg Lane League
200 14.09.1908 Sheffield United Bramall Lane League
Milestone Goals
# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 0 01.04.1904 Everton Goodison Park League
Scrapbook
Biography in Liverpool match programme on 15 October 1904
Biography in Liverpool match programme on 15 October 1904
Other Clubs
Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Newtown 1894-1896 Shropshire League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Long Eaton Rangers 1896-1897 Midland League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Nottingham Forest 1897 First Division 0 0 0 0
Oswestry United 1897-1898 Shropshire League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Leicester City 1898-1899 England Second Division 1 0 1 0
Loughborough Town 1898-1899 England Second Division 12 0 12 0
Brighton United 1899-1900 Southern League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Partick Thistle 1909-1910 Scotland Division 1 23 1 26 1
Wrexham 1910-1911 Birmingham & District League N/A N/A N/A N/A
"South Africa" 1911-1913 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Oswestry United 1913-1914 Lancashire Combination N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total 36 1 39 1