On This Day – McGuigan First To Score Five For Liverpool

4-1-1902. On this day in 1902 Andy McGuigan became the first Liverpool player to score five goals in a League game. Liverpool defeated Stoke City 7-0 in front of 10,000 at Anfield. These where his last goals for Liverpool and he finished his short career for the Reds four days later when Southampton won a FA Cup tie at The Dell 4-1.

The Scottish striker was signed from Hibernian in May 1900. He netted 14 times in 37 appearances before moving to Middlesbrough.

Statue of a footballer

Sunderland won the First Division that season, three points ahead of Everton, with north eastern neighbours, Newcastle, in third place. Liverpool finished the season in 11th place.

Southampton reached the final of the FA Cup where they met Sheffield United. The 1-1 draw attracted a crowd of 76,914 at Crystal Palace. The Blades won the replay which was played a week later at the same venue 2-1. The first game involved the following incident according to Wikipedia:

“At the end of the game United’s goalkeeper, William ‘Fatty’ Foulke, protested to the officials that the equalizing goal should not have been allowed. Foulke, who was reputed to weigh more than 20 stone, left his dressing room unclothed and angrily pursued the referee, Mr. T. Kirkham, who took refuge in a broom cupboard. Foulke had to be stopped by a group of F.A. officials from wrenching the cupboard door from its hinges to reach the hapless referee.”

Photo: Radio1 interactive

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