Players - Willie Steel

Willie Steel
Birthdate: 6 February 1908
Birthplace: Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Date of death: 1990
Other clubs: Bridgeton Waverley (1924-26), St. Johnstone (1926-31), Birmingham City (1935-39), Derby County (1939), Dumbarton (1939)
Bought from: St. Johnstone
Signed for LFC: £1,000, 23.09.1931
Liverpool debut: 19.12.1931
Last appearance: 01.12.1934
Contract expiry: 15.03.1935
Win ratio: 38.28% W:49 D:26 L:53
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 4 / 0
League games / goals: 120 / 0
Total games / goals: 128 / 0

Player Profile

Steel made his debut at right-back six days before Christmas 1931 in a 1-1 home draw with Derby County. He only missed one League fixture for the rest of the season, was the club’s only ‘ever-present’ a year later and missed three games in 1933/34. He lost his place following the arrival of England International Tom Cooper in the 1934/35 season. Evidently his transfer to first division Birmingham City took a number of people by surprise as he had been according to Liverpool’s programme: “a popular man here, a model professional and a most consistent performer.” Steel was manager of Airdrie in his native Scotland from 1954-1963.
Appearances per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 120 8 0 0 0 128
1931-1932 22 4 0 0 0 26
1932-1933 42 1 0 0 0 43
1933-1934 40 3 0 0 0 43
1934-1935 16 0 0 0 0 16
A more detailed look at the player's appearances
Apps Minutes Opponent
7 630 Derby
7 630 Huddersfield Town
7 630 Manchester City
7 630 WBA
7 630 Sheffield Wednesday
6 540 Arsenal
6 540 Birmingham City
6 540 Aston Villa
6 540 Blackburn Rovers
6 540 Everton
6 540 Portsmouth
6 540 Chelsea
5 450 Sunderland
5 450 Wolves
5 450 Leeds United
5 450 Newcastle United
5 450 Sheffield United
5 450 Leicester City
4 360 Middlesbrough
3 270 Bolton Wanderers
3 270 Grimsby Town
2 180 Fulham
2 180 Blackpool
2 180 Stoke City
1 90 Preston North End
1 90 West Ham United
1 90 Tottenham
1 90 Tranmere Rovers
1 90 Chesterfield
Total Venue
64 Away
64 Home
Total Competition
120 League
8 FA Cup
Total Manager
128 George Patterson (2nd term)
Milestone Appearances
# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 19.12.1931 Derby Anfield League
50 07.01.1933 Newcastle United Anfield League
100 21.02.1934 Chelsea Stamford Bridge League
Other Clubs
Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Bridgeton Waverley 1924-1926 Scotland N/A N/A N/A N/A
St. Johnstone 1926-1927 Scotland Division 1 10 0 10 0
St. Johnstone 1927-1928 Scotland Division 1 38 0 38 0
St. Johnstone 1928-1929 Scotland Division 1 38 0 38 0
St. Johnstone 1929-1930 Scotland Division 1 38 0 38 0
St. Johnstone 1930-1931 Scotland Division 1 38 0 38 0
Birmingham City 1934-1935 England First Division 11 0 11 0
Birmingham City 1935-1936 England First Division 36 0 37 0
Birmingham City 1936-1937 England First Division 17 0 17 0
Birmingham City 1937-1938 England First Division 16 0 16 0
Birmingham City 1938-1939 England First Division 11 0 11 0
Derby 1938-1939 England First Division 11 0 11 0
Dumbarton 1939 Scotland N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total 264 0 265 0