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Red of the Day - Arthur Metcalf

by Chris Wood

Arthur was a forward who made over 50 League appearances for Liverpool just before the First World War. He had a good goals-per-game ratio and was the club's highest scorer in the 1912-13 season, when he netted 15 times from 28 matches.

He also scored a hat-trick in the F.A. cup that year with three of Liverpool's four goals in a fine 2nd round victory away to Arsenal. But he neither played nor scored as regularly the following season, just two goals from 10 games.

Despite the outbreak of war, the 1914-15 League season was completed and Metcalf added another 7 goals to his career total. Although he never played competitive League football for Liverpool again, Arthur was a prolific scorer for the club in the local Lancashire leagues that were arranged to replace the national divisions.

Arthur METCALF 1912-15

Date of Birth: 08/04/1889
Nationality: English
Postition: Forward 
Games: 63
Goals: 28
Club Hons (Lpool): None
Int Hons: None
Other Clubs: Herrington Swifts, Hebburn Argyle, North Shields Athletic, Newcastle United, Stockport County, Swindon Town, Accrington Stanley, Aberdare Athletic, Norwich City



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Disappointed at the lack of love for Arthur. 15 goals from 28 games in 1912-13 isn't to be sniffed at.  I expected Stringvest or aws to have something insightful to say about him from when they watched him as kids.

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he wasn't all that.  And anyway he wouldn't autograph my programme when he got on his blinged up horse outside the ground after the game.   Those programmes were made of slate as well, so they were a bastard to carry home.  If it was raining, all of the chalk came off so you had nothing to read.  


Still it wasn't all bad.  If we won, Durango would carry me on his shoulders down to the Rotunda and buy me a sherbet dab.

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I believe aws' assessment of him was...


"lightweight, didn't settle."

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