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Elisha Scott:  Goalkeeper in club 1912 - 1934
 Elisha Scott:  Goalkeeper
 Date of Birth:  24.08.1894
 Dead:  16.05.1959
 With the Reds:  1912-1934
 Bought from:  Broadway United
 Signed for LFC:  ЈN/A - 03.09.1912
 Debut:  1st January 1913 v Newcastle United (A) D1 drew 0-0 (Aged 18)
 Last match:   21.02.1934
 1st team league games:  430
 1st team league goals: 
 Total 1st team games:  468
 Total 1st team goals:
 Total 1st team Wartime games:  15
 Total 1st team Wartime goals: 
 Contract expiry:  25.06.1934
 International caps:  5 (5 as Liverpool) Ireland, 26 (22 as Liverpool) Northern Ireland
 International goals: 
 International debut:  1920 v Scotland
 Former clubs:  Linfield, Broadway United and Belfast Celtic
 Birth Place: Belfast, Northern Ireland
 Honours:  2 Division One Championships 21-22, 22-23

  Runners up:  1 Charity Shield 22
 Personal Honours:
 Fact:  Legendary striker Dixie Dean once described Scott as the best Goalkeeper he had ever faced

  Total LFC games/goals

League FA Cup FL Cup Europe Other Total
Seasons App Gls  App Gls App Gls App Gls App Gls App Gls
1912-13 1 1
1913-14 4 4
1914-15 23 2 25
1919-20 9 9
1920-21 26 3 29
1921-22 39 3 1 43
1922-23 42 4 46
1923-24 42 5 47
1924-25 38 4 42
1925-26 39 3 42
1926-27 32 4 36
1927-28 17 17
1928-29 22 22
1929-30 8 8
1930-31 14 14
1931-32 37 4 41
1932-33 27 1 28
1933-34 10 4 14
Total 430 37 1 468

  A more detailed look at the player's appearances

  Total   Competition
  430   League
  37   FA Cup
  1   Charity Shield

  Career Milestones for Elisha Scott:

  Appearances in all competitions

Date   Against Result   Venue Competition
1 01.01.1913   Newcastle United 0-0   St James Park League
50 30.10.1920   Everton 3-0   Goodison Park League
100 18.03.1922   Bolton Wanderers 0-2   Anfield League
150 31.03.1923   Birmingham 1-0   St Andrews League
200 12.04.1924   Middlesbrough 3-1   Anfield League
250 12.09.1925   Arsenal 1-1   Highbury League
300 25.12.1926   Burnley 0-4   Turf Moor League
350 06.10.1928   West Ham United 1-1   Upton Park League
400 28.11.1931   Arsenal 0-6   Highbury League
450 14.01.1933   WBA 0-2   The Hawthorns FA

  Goals in all competitions

Date Min   Against Result   Venue Competition
Didn't find any goals

  Total LFC Wartime games/goals

Seasons App Gls
1915-16 15
Total 15

  Update: 22.10.2007


  The legend of Elisha Scott will live forever in Liverpool folklore. Arguably the greatest goalkeeper to keep goal for the Reds, Scott remains one of the most famous figures to have represented the club, despite playing his last game way back in 1934.

  Born in Belfast, he followed in the footsteps of his elder brother Billy, who was a goalkeeper with Everton and Ireland. Scott junior signed for Linfield at just 14 years of age but was soon moved on to junior club Broadway United where he learnt his trade before Billy recommended him to his peers at Goodison.

  Fortunately for Liverpool, Everton deemed him to be too young and when Billy then mentioned Elisha to Anfield chairman John McKenna, the Reds did not hesitate in swooping to sign the rookie 17-year old.

  With the experienced Kenny Campbell still keeping goal for Liverpool, young Scott was considered one for the future. But it was not long before he made an impression.

  Making his first team debut against Newcastle United on New Years Day 1913, he kept a clean sheet in a goalless draw and, so accomplished was his performance at St James Park that afternoon, opponents Newcastle offered J1,000 for his signature immediately afterwards.

  Scott was only informed of the bid on the way back to Liverpool and believing that Campbell would be difficult to dislodge, he thought it might have been in his best interests if he was allowed to go. Liverpool's secretary/manager Tom Watson, though, wisely refused and reassured Scott that his future lay at Anfield.

  He was right. Towards the end of the 1914/15 season Scott enjoyed an extended run as Liverpool's first choice keeper and, although the advent of World War One interrupted his progress, as the 1920's dawned he quickly earned a reputation as one of the finest custodians around.

  One reporter wrote of him, 'He has the eye of an eagle, the swift movement of a panther when flinging himself at a shot and the clutch of a vice when gripping the ball.'

  In 1920 he won the first of his 27 international caps and in 1921/22 missed just three games as the Reds won their first league title for 16 years. The following season he was an ever-present between the sticks as the championship was retained. Scott was by now a firm favourite of the Anfield crowd and the adulation he received was unprecedented. In 1924, after pulling off a stunning save at home to Blackburn Rovers, one fan ran onto the pitch and kissed him!

  The years that followed the back-to-back title triumphs may have been barren in terms of honours won but Scott's popularity never once waned. In 1934 the unthinkable almost occurred when Everton offered J250 for his services. He was coming to end of his career and Liverpool were ready to accept the offer until supporters flooded the local newspaper with letters of protest.

  On February 21, 1934 Scott played his 467th and final game for Liverpool - it was a record that stood until Billy Liddell surpassed it in 1957.

  Anfield's favourite son requested a move back to Ireland to take up the post of player/manager at Belfast Celtic and on the occasion of Liverpool's final home game of that season hardened Kopites were rumoured to have shed tears when their hero made an emotional farewell speech from the directors' box.

  He finally retired from the game in at the age of 42 in 1936 and continued to manage the Belfast club until it folded in 1949. Ten years later the legendary Elisha Scott died. Gone, but never forgotten.

  NORTHERN IRELAND (and Ireland before 1924)

  1920 v Scotland, England; 1921 v Scotland, Wales, England; 1925 v Wales, England; 1926 v Wales, Scotland, England; 1927 v Scotland, Wales, England; 1928 v Wales, Scotland, England; 1929 v Wales, Scotland, England; 1930 v England; 1931 v Wales; 1932 v Scotland, England, Wales; 1933 v Scotland, England, Wales (27).
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