Over the past few days I have been considering what I feel is the LFC’s greatest XI. Many fans and pundits have differing views on this topic so over the next few weeks I will be naming my team one position at a time. Feel free to suggest your alternatives because lets face it, we have had some great players over the years.
Elisha Scott signed for LFC in 1912 and made his debut the following season against Newcastle who immediately made a offer for his services. Elisha’s brother Billy played for Everton and Elisha followed him to Merseyside to become as many considered the best goalkeeper in the world of his generation.
Many stories of the legend of Elisha have been talked about in Merseyside folklore. One memory recounted by fans happened at Ewood Park. Elisha pulled off a spectacular save and a Liverpool fan entered the pitch and approached Elisha kissing him for the feat he has just witnessed.
One more famous story involves Dixie Dean. Dean and Scott had a longstanding rivalry. Everton fans stating before games Dean would score and Liverpool fans stating Scott wouldn’t be beaten. Dean and Scott ran into each other on a Belfast street. Dean nodded his head to acknowledge Scott. Scott dived across the street saving an imaginary ball as if Dean had headed towards his net.
Scott played for LFC for 23 years (only interrupted by war) and still holds the prestigious record of LFC’s longest serving player. In this time he picked up two league titles and a FA cup medal.
On playing his last game against Chelsea he went to the Director’s box to give a speech to the Kop. Legend has it many kopites were in tears hearing his words.
Scott played 468 times for Liverpool and earned 31 caps at international level for N. Ireland.
After leaving Liverpool Scott moved back to N. Ireland to take up a role as player/manager at Belfast Celtic. Where he went on to oversee as manager 10 Irish League titles, 6 Irish Cups, 3 City Cups, 8 Gold Cups and 5 County Antrim Shields. His rein as manager ended when the club was dissolved due to sectarian trouble during a game.
Looking at Elisha Scott’s career it was a very distinguished and successful career as both player and manager. This coupled with the legend of the man in merseyside folklore and his standing among fans as both a great goalkeeper and man. I have handed Elisha my number 1 shirt.
Would you disagree? Would Clemence, Reina or someone else get your shout?