James McBride (footballer)

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James McBride
Personal information
Date of birth (1873-12-30)30 December 1873
Place of birth Renton, Scotland
Date of death 25 May 1899(1899-05-25) (aged 25)
Place of death Manchester, England
Playing position Left half
Youth career
1889–90 Renton Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1890–92 Renton
1892–94 Liverpool 50 (7)
1894–97 Manchester City 70 (1)
1897–98 Ashton North End
National team
1892 Scottish League XI[1] 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

James McBride (30 December 1873 – 25 May 1899) was a Scottish footballer, who played for Liverpool during the latter half of the 19th century.

Life and playing career[edit]

Born in Renton, Dumbartonshire, Scotland, McBride played for Renton Wanderers and Renton before being signed by Liverpool managers John McKenna & William Edward Barclay in 1892. McBride made his debut in Liverpool's first ever fixture, a friendly against Rotherham Town on September 1, 1892, which Liverpool won 7-1, he also played in their first ever competitive match, a Lancashire League fixture against Higher Walton two days later. He scored his first goal for Liverpool in this game, which the team won 8-0.

McBride was a regular during Liverpool's unbeaten debut season in the Football League Second Division, missing just 4 of the 28 games. Liverpool gained promotion to the top flight of English football, replacing Newton Heath by winning 2-0 in a test (play-off) match, he only played five more times for the Anfield club during their relegation back down to Division 2.


  • Football League Second Division (1894)