Thursday, February 8, 2007

100 Person Who Shock The Kop - NO 78: Sam Raybould


Thanks to his prolific goalscoring form during the early years of the 20th century Sam Raybould has made it into our '100 Players Who Shook The Kop' countdown at number 78.
Four years after our ground-breaking '100 Days That Shook The Kop', we are delighted to invite you to enjoy our new '100 Players Who Shook The Kop' series – the definitive countdown of the 100 players who have made the biggest impact at Liverpool.

Over 110,000 supporters have all nominated their own personal Top 10 players in order of impact made and now the definitive top 100 countdown is underway.

Every player who has made the top 100 – and there are some surprises in there - will be honoured on this website via the e-Season ticket console with a specially produced video clip, including archive footage and exclusive interviews.

Since 1892 hundreds of players have represented this club but everyone has their own particular favourites so don't expect this list to be based solely on talent. The greatness of a player can be measured in many ways – obviously, his ability on the pitch is the most important, but 100 PWSTK is much more than that. It's about the impact the individuals chosen have had on this club, be it for a variety of reasons. Maybe it was because of their unique rapport with the crowd, a specific incident that has never been forgotten or anything else that has left a lasting impression.

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Name: Sam Raybould

Years at Liverpool: 1900 to 1907

Position: Forward

Date-of-birth: 1875
Birthplace: Chesterfield

Signed from: New Brighton Tower (January 1900)

Games: 225
Goals: 128

Honours won: First Division Championship (1900/01, 1905/06) Second Division Championship (1904/05), Dewar Shield (1906)

Sam Raybould was Liverpool's original record-breaking marksman and for the first 37 years of the club's existence it was his name that headed the all-time Anfield goalscoring chart. Way back in the early days of the last century he set the standards for every future Reds striker to follow and his goals played a prominent role in Liverpool's earliest triumphs. The Chesterfield-born centre-forward did not have far to travel when he joined the club in January 1900, hopping on the Mersey ferry and putting pen to paper to complete his transfer from New Brighton Tower, having previously played for Ilkeston Town, Chesterfield, Derby County. He was pitched immediately into the Liverpool first team and a week after making his debut scored the then fastest-ever goal in a Merseyside derby, finding the back of the net after just 30 seconds in an otherwise disappointing 3-1 reverse at Goodison. He served notice of his outstanding ability in front of goal by netting a further six goals in the remaining ten games he played in that season before exploding out of the starting blocks at the start of the following campaign. It was to a be a historic season at Anfield with the First Division Championship trophy taking residence in the club boardroom for the first time come the end of April and there’s no doubt that had it not been for the prolific scoring form of Raybould such a triumph wouldn’t have been possible. The moustachioed master marksman continued to find the net on a regular basis and in 1902/03 wrote his name indelibly into the record books by setting a new League record of 31 goals in a single season. A hat-trick against Manchester United in the promotion-winning campaign of 1904/05 no doubt raised his popularity even higher and despite switching positions to inside-left the goals continued to flow for the big striker. In his final season with the club – 1906/07 - he signed off on a high note by topping the Anfield scoring charts for the fourth time in seven seasons and duly netting in his final ever game for the Reds. A move to Sunderland followed but his stay on Wearside was a brief one and his illustrious career eventually petered out at Highbury with Woolwich Arsenal, who he represented for two seasons before hanging up his shooting boots for good.

Sold to: Sunderland (May 1907)

Claim to fame: Being the club's all-time leading goalscorer until 1931

Did you know? He scored Liverpool's first-ever hat-trick against Manchester United and the club's faster-ever goal against Everton

Where is he now? Has long since passed away but details of his death are unknown

Stephen Done on Sam Raybould: " He was only here for seven seasons but in that time he notched up three club records. He really made a mark and if he was around today you'd probably want to sign him."

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