Players - Sam Speakman

Sam Speakman
Birthdate: 9 August 1884
Birthplace: Huyton, Liverpool, England
Date of death: 1934
Other clubs: Prescot Athletic, Colne (1909-12), South Liverpool (1920-23)
Bought from: Colne
Signed for LFC: 04.09.1912
Liverpool debut: 20.09.1913
Last appearance: 08.09.1919
Contract expiry: 1920
Win ratio: 42.31% W:11 D:3 L:12
Wartime games/goals: 32 / 0
League games / goals: 25 / 0
Total games / goals: 26 / 0

Player Profile

Speakman made 14 League appearances at full-back in the 1913/14 season which saw the club finish in sixteenth place just above the relegation zone, although the Reds did also reach their first FA Cup final that year. Speakman deputised for right-back Ephraim Longworth in the last game before the final but unfortunately for him Longworth was ready for action on the biggest occasion in the club's history. Despite the outbreak of World War I the 1914/15 League season was completed but Speakman was only selected seven times during that campaign. He did continue to represent Liverpool in the regional leagues that replaced the national ones for the next four years and was still at Anfield when the Football League resumed at the end of August 1919.

However, although Speakman was selected for the opening four fixtures of that first division campaign, the away match at Arsenal on 8 September 1919 proved to be his last as a Liverpool player. An enthusiastic pigeon fancier, he died at his home in Huyton on 27th April 1934 aged 55.
Appearances per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 25 1 0 0 0 26
1913-1914 14 1 0 0 0 15
1914-1915 7 0 0 0 0 7
1919-1920 4 0 0 0 0 4
A more detailed look at the player's appearances
Apps Minutes Opponent
3 270 Oldham Athletic
3 270 WBA
2 180 Arsenal
2 180 Sheffield Wednesday
2 180 Bradford City
2 180 Blackburn Rovers
2 180 Bolton Wanderers
2 180 Middlesbrough
1 90 Manchester United
1 90 Newcastle United
1 90 Chelsea
1 90 Sheffield United
1 90 Everton
1 90 Bradford Park Avenue
1 90 Gillingham
1 90 Tottenham
Total Venue
15 Away
11 Home
Total Competition
25 League
1 FA Cup
Total Manager
22 Tom Watson
4 George Patterson
Wartime Appearances / Goals
Season Appearances Goals
1915-1916 11 0
1916-1917 3 0
1917-1918 6 0
1918-1919 12 0
Milestone Appearances
# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 20.09.1913 Everton Goodison Park League
Scrapbook
Biography in Liverpool match programme on 25 October 1909
Biography in Liverpool match programme on 25 October 1909