Arguably the greatest goalkeeper in Liverpool’s history, Elisha Scott is certainly the most enduring. The legendary Ulsterman spent 22 years at Anfield from his arrival over 100 years ago, in 1912.
He finally left the club in 1934 and – had World War I not taken away four years of his professional career - would have made significantly more than an already impressive 468 first-team appearances for his one and only English club. He was a member of Liverpool’s championship sides of 1922 and 1923 and his 31 caps for Ireland were spread over 17 seasons, the last coming when he was 42 years of age.
Everton’s legendary striker Dixie Dean once said: “Elisha was the greatest I’ve ever seen. You can have Swift, Trautmann, Banks, Wilson. You can have them all. I’ll take Elisha Scott.”
In today’s football Elisha Scott would be worth well over £30million in the money driven transfer market. An Anfield legend, Elisha actually wanted to follow in the footsteps of his elder brother, Irish international goalkeeper Billy, who had just finished his eight-year career at Everton.
Billy arranged a trial for Elisha at Everton, who didn’t sign him on account of his small stature. The Blues’ loss was the Reds’ gain and Billy recommended his baby brother to Liverpool.
After he left Liverpool and became manager of Belfast Celtic he won 32 trophies in 15 seasons to become one of the most successful managers ever.