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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, 22.09.1931
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
LFC league games/goals: 120 / 0
Total LFC 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

Total Opponent
7 Derby
7 Huddersfield Town
7 Manchester City
7 WBA
7 Sheffield Wednesday
6 Arsenal
6 Birmingham City
6 Aston Villa
6 Blackburn Rovers
6 Everton
6 Portsmouth
6 Chelsea
5 Sunderland
5 Wolves
5 Leeds United
5 Newcastle United
5 Sheffield United
5 Leicester City
4 Middlesbrough
3 Bolton Wanderers
3 Grimsby Town
2 Fulham
2 Blackpool
2 Stoke City
1 Preston North End
1 West Ham United
1 Tottenham
1 Tranmere Rovers
1 Chesterfield
Total Competition
120 League
8 FA Cup

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
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