When it comes to the history of Liverpool FC, there have been many legendary players who have graced the pitch. From Steven Gerrard to Kenny Dalglish, these players have left an indelible mark on the club’s rich history. However, there is one player who holds a unique record – Ned Doig, the oldest player to have made an appearance for Liverpool FC.
Oldest player to have played for Liverpool
Ned Doig, a Scottish footballer, had an illustrious career playing as a goalkeeper. He played for several clubs, including Sunderland and Arbroath, but it was his time at Liverpool that cemented his place in the history books.
Doig signed for Liverpool in 1904, after the club had been recently relegated. The fee was a modest £150, but little did anyone know that Doig would go on to create history. In his first season with the Merseysiders, he played a pivotal role in helping the club achieve immediate promotion back to the top division.
However, Doig’s time as Liverpool’s first-choice goalkeeper was short-lived. The following season saw him lose his place to future England star Sam Hardy. Despite this setback, Doig remained a dedicated professional and continued to train hard, waiting for his opportunity to reclaim his spot.
That opportunity came on 11 April 1908, when Liverpool faced Newcastle United. At the age of 41 years and 165 days, Doig stepped onto the pitch and made history. He became the oldest player to have played for Liverpool FC, a record that still stands to this day.
Doig’s performance in that game showcased why he was regarded as one of the best goalkeepers of his time. His exceptional skills and shot-stopping abilities were on full display, proving that age was just a number for him.
Aside from his goalkeeping prowess, Doig was also known for his unique fashion statement. He was famously shy about his baldness and always wore a cap with elastic. This added to his mystique and made him easily recognizable on the pitch.
After his historic appearance for Liverpool, Doig’s career slowly came to an end. He played his last game in April 1908 and eventually retired in 1910. He finished his career with the amateur club St. Helens Recreationals in the Lancashire league.
Tragically, Ned Doig’s life was cut short by the Spanish Flu epidemic. He passed away on 7 November 1919, at the age of 53. His legacy, however, lives on in the hearts of Liverpool fans and in the record books as the oldest player to have played for the club.
This article was updated 1 month ago