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James Speakman

James Speakman

Birthdate: 1888
Birthplace: Huyton, Liverpool, England
Date of death: 1962
Other clubs: Huyton Quarry, Garston North End, Prescot Wireworks, South Liverpool
Bought from: Prescot Wireworks
Signed for LFC: February 1909
Liverpool debut: 09.10.1909
Last appearance: 29.03.1913
Debut goal: 08.04.1912
Last goal: 08.04.1912
Contract expiry: August 1913
Win ratio: 37.5% W:3 D:3 L:2
Games/goals ratio: 8
LFC league games/goals: 8 / 1
Total LFC games/goals: 8 / 1

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Although outside-right Speakman was at Anfield for four seasons just before World War I, he only played eight times for the first team. Arthur Goddard was Liverpool's right-winger during the 1909/10 season and missed only three first division matches that year, being replaced by Speakman for two of them. Speakman fared little better the following season, being restricted to just a single appearance - again as cover for Goddard. James was the younger brother of Sam, who was also on Liverpool's books. James' attributes were so described in the club programme on 25 October 1909: "Speakman stands 5ft. 8 in. and weighs 11 st. 10 lbs. He possesses a useful turn of speed, and is much faster than would seem to be the case for when running he moves with little apparent effort. In controlling the ball and passing it across the goal mouth he greatly resembles Goddard whose understudy he is, and the similarity of style of the two right wingers is quite convincing."

During 1911/12, numerous changes were made to Liverpool's line-up in a turbulent season which saw them finish just outside the relegation zone. Speakman figured in three consecutive games towards the end of that season, during which he netted his only Liverpool goal at Bradford City. He would only play once more for the club, almost a year later, as part of the team that lost at home to Manchester United on 29 March 1913.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 8 0 0 0 0 8
1909-1910 2 0 0 0 0 2
1910-1911 2 0 0 0 0 2
1911-1912 3 0 0 0 0 3
1912-1913 1 0 0 0 0 1

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
2 Manchester United
2 Arsenal
1 Bradford City
1 Newcastle United
1 Manchester City
1 Aston Villa
Total Competition
8 League

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 1 0 0 0 0 1
1909-1910 0 0 0 0 0 0
1910-1911 0 0 0 0 0 0
1911-1912 1 0 0 0 0 1
1912-1913 0 0 0 0 0 0

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Opponent
1 Bradford City
Total Competition
1 League
Total Goal minute period
1 31-45 minutes
Total Open play/Penalty
1 Open play

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 09.10.1909 Manchester United Anfield League

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 44 08.04.1912 Bradford City Valley Parade League
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