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Tommy Younger

Tommy Younger

Birthdate: 10 April 1930
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Date of death: 13 January 1984
Other clubs: Hibernian (1946-56), Falkirk (1959-60), Stoke City (1960), Toronto City (1961), Leeds United (1961-62)
Bought from: Hibernian
Signed for LFC: £9,000, 16.06.1956
International debut: 04.05.1955 vs. Wales
International caps: 24/0 (16 at LFC) - 11.06.1958
Liverpool debut: 18.08.1956
Last appearance: 25.04.1959
Contract expiry: 12.06.1959
Win ratio: 51.18% W:65 D:26 L:36
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 1 / 0
LFC league games/goals: 120 / 0
Total LFC games/goals: 127 / 0

Player profile

The Scottish international achieved tremendous success at Hibernian since joining them from the famous youth side, Hutchison Vale who featured in the Under-21's Juvenile League. Younger won the Scottish League with Hibs two years running in 1951 and 1952, was picked for the Scottish League three times and played eight internationals. Younger went straight into Liverpool's first team in 1956, replacing Doug Rudham and Dave Underwood, who had shared the goalkeeping duties during the previous season. Younger played in all but two of the League matches in 1956/57 and missed only another four during the next two seasons. Younger was very courageous, some said foolhardy, and was an immense presence in goal. Younger added 16 internationals to his name while at Liverpool and captained Scotland's 1958 World Cup squad. Younger once played up front for Liverpool against Derby on 19 October 1957. He got injured in the match and Ronnie Moran went in goal. When Younger returned to the field of play, Liddell was switched to left-back and Younger went up front! 

Younger lost his place to Bert Slater prior to the 1959/60 season and moved to Falkirk as player-manager. A back injury led to him ending his career but after finding out that the injury was not as bad as first diagnosed, he returned to England with Stoke. In 1961 Younger moved to Canada over the summer to play for Toronto City. Younger was paid a king's ransom to feature alongside luminaries such as Northern Ireland's captain, Danny Blanchflower who also captained Spurs' 1961 double-winning side, Sir Stanley Matthews who was 46 years old and about to start to his second spell with Stoke and England captain Johnny Haynes who as well wore the captain's armband at Fulham. City won the league and Younger played so well that Matthews recommended him to Don Revie at second division Leeds where he made his debut in September 1961. Younger played 36 games in his debut season and then was allowed to coach his former club, Toronto City, during the off-season. Younger made his final appearance as a player against Bury at Elland Road on 5 September 1962 after adding six games to his Leeds total in 1962/63. He returned to Hibernian in October 1969 and became a prominent board member at the club. After serving as Vice-President he was voted President of the Scottish Football Association in May 1983, a post which he held only for a brief spell until his untimely death on 13 January 1984, at only 53 years of age.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 120 7 0 0 0 127
1956-1957 40 1 0 0 0 41
1957-1958 39 5 0 0 0 44
1958-1959 41 1 0 0 0 42

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
6 Bristol City
6 Sheffield United
6 Middlesbrough
6 Stoke City
6 Lincoln City
6 Leyton Orient
6 Huddersfield Town
6 Rotherham United
6 Barnsley
6 Grimsby Town
5 Blackburn Rovers
5 Bristol Rovers
5 Swansea City
4 Derby
4 Charlton Athletic
4 Ipswich Town
4 Fulham
4 Notts County
4 Cardiff City
3 Doncaster Rovers
3 Southend
3 West Ham United
3 Scunthorpe United
2 Brighton & Hove Albion
2 Sunderland
2 Bury
2 Nottingham Forest
2 Leicester City
2 Sheffield Wednesday
2 Port Vale
1 Northampton Town
1 Worcester City
Total Competition
120 League
7 FA Cup

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 18.08.1956 Huddersfield Town Anfield League
50 23.09.1957 Stoke City Victoria Ground League
100 08.11.1958 Leyton Orient Anfield League

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Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Hibernian 1948-1949 Scotland Division 1 4 0 4 0
Hibernian 1949-1950 Scotland Division 1 29 0 29 0
Hibernian 1950-1951 Scotland Division 1 29 0 29 0
Hibernian 1951-1952 Scotland Division 1 24 0 24 0
Hibernian 1952-1953 Scotland Division 1 27 0 27 0
Hibernian 1953-1954 Scotland Division 1 11 0 11 0
Hibernian 1954-1955 Scotland Division 1 24 0 24 0
Hibernian 1955-1956 Scotland Division 1 33 0 33 0
Falkirk 1959-1960 Scotland Division 2 6 0 6 0
Stoke City 1959-1960 England Second Division 10 0 10 0
Toronto City 1960-1961 Eastern Canada Professional Soccer Lge N/A N/A N/A N/A
Leeds United 1961-1962 England Second Division 31 0 36 0
Leeds United 1962-1963 England Second Division 6 0 6 0
Total 234 0 239 0
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