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Percy Saul

Percy Saul

Birthdate: December 1881
Birthplace: Masbrough, South Yorkshire, England
Date of death: 31 January 1965
Other clubs: Thornhill (1899-1901), Gainsborough Trinity (1901-04), Plymouth Argyle (1904-06), Coventry City (1909-11), Rotherham Town (1911-12), Rotherham County (1912-14)
Bought from: Plymouth Argyle
Signed for LFC: 30.04.1906
Liverpool debut: 22.09.1906
Last appearance: 06.02.1909
Debut goal: 28.12.1907
Last goal: 22.02.1908
Contract expiry: 10.07.1909
Win ratio: 43.37% W:36 D:11 L:36
LFC league games/goals: 75 / 1
Total LFC games/goals: 83 / 2

Player profile

Saul was a full-back who had impressed in two seasons at Plymouth Argyle featuring in 94 matches and scoring four goals from 1904-1906. Argyle fans were sorry to see him go to Liverpool prior to the 1906/07 season in which he made 24 consecutive first division appearances and 33 in all as a right-back taking over from Alf West who was injured four games into the campaign. Saul was inconsistent in his debut season at Liverpool but had been making progress in his second season as was commented upon in the club programme on 30 September 1907: "The most improved back in England is Percy Saul. Last season he showed flashes of great brilliance, but these were darkened by a number of unaccountable mistakes. He was most erratic. But this season, while the brilliancy remains, consistency has also been added, and Saul's performances have attracted attention all round. Perhaps he is taking more care in training. He is remarkably speedy, and he kicks with remarkable precision while in the most extraordinary positions."

Alf West had returned to the side in the 1907/08 season but Saul was preferred to Billy Dunlop on the left and he made further 27 appearances and scored his only League goal for the club in a home match against Sheffield United at the end of December 1907. Saul was picked only 16 times for League and Cup fixtures in 1908/09 in what turned out to be his last season at Anfield.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 75 8 0 0 0 83
1906-1907 33 3 0 0 0 36
1907-1908 27 4 0 0 0 31
1908-1909 15 1 0 0 0 16

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
6 Manchester United
5 Sheffield United
5 Newcastle United
5 Arsenal
5 Birmingham City
5 Sheffield Wednesday
5 Aston Villa
4 Notts County
4 Everton
4 Bolton Wanderers
4 Middlesbrough
4 Bristol City
3 Sunderland
3 Derby
3 Manchester City
3 Blackburn Rovers
3 Bradford City
2 Nottingham Forest
2 Bury
2 Preston North End
2 Brighton & Hove Albion
1 Stoke City
1 Norwich City
1 Chelsea
1 Leicester City
Total Competition
75 League
8 FA Cup

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 1 1 0 0 0 2
1906-1907 0 0 0 0 0 0
1907-1908 1 1 0 0 0 2
1908-1909 0 0 0 0 0 0

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Opponent
1 Sheffield United
1 Newcastle United
Total Competition
1 League
1 FA Cup
Total Open play/Penalty
2 Open play

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 22.09.1906 Birmingham Muntz Street League
50 25.12.1907 Chelsea Anfield League

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 0 28.12.1907 Sheffield United Anfield League

Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Thornhill 1899-1901 Sheffield League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gainsborough Trinity 1901-1902 England Second Division 6 0 6 0
Gainsborough Trinity 1902-1903 England Second Division 28 3 29 3
Gainsborough Trinity 1903-1904 England Second Division 34 5 38 6
Plymouth Argyle 1904-1906 Southern League 93 4 93 4
Coventry City 1909-1911 Southern League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Rotherham Town 1911-1912 Midland League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Rotherham County 1912-1914 Midland League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total 161 12 166 13
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