Hall of Fame - Matt McQueen
Matthew 'Matt' McQueen (born May 18, 1863 - died September 28, 1944) was a Scottish football player who became a director and manager of Liverpool F.C.
Born Harthill, Lanarkshire, Scotland, McQueen played for Leith Athletic, twice, and Hearts before being signed by Liverpool managers John McKenna and W. E. Barclay in October 1892. He made his debut on the 29 October 1892 at Anfield in the 9-0 thrashing of Newtown in a FA Cup 2nd round tie, he scored his first goal on the 3 December the same year, it was the opening goal of yet another thrashing, this time the 7-0 demolition of Fleetwood Rangers in the Lanchashire League.
Matt and his brother Hugh McQueen had been two of the many Scotsmen recruited by the Reds shortly after Liverpool were founded in 1892 following Evertonís decision to move from Anfield to Goodison Park. Both played in Liverpoolís first-ever Football League match, a 2-0 win over Middlesbrough Ironopolis at the Paradise Field on 2 September 1893. In fact Liverpool's first season in the Football League was an eventful one for Matt as he found himself playing in numerous positions including 5 games in the Reds goal, a position in became familiar with playing a total of 37 times in Liverpool's first 3 seasons in the league, this made Matt a unique record holder, he is the only man in English football history (probably the world) to have won championship winners medals, albeit second division, as both an outfield player and a goalkeeper.
Matt was part of the two Liverpool Second Division winning teams in 1893/94 and 1895/96. The all-rounder eventually played 150 matches for Liverpool in all ten outfield positions during his career, include 12 more appearances made in goal making it a grand total of 49 times between the sticks.
McQueen made 2 appearances for Scotland, both came whilst he was with Leith, his debut was on the 22 March 1890 in a British Championship match at Underwood Park, Paisley, a game that saw the Scots thrash Wales 5-0.
On his retirement as a player, McQueen took the qualifications necessary to become a Football League referee and officiated as a linesman for a brief period in 1904. In 1918, he was appointed to become a Director on Liverpoolís Board.
Birthplace: Harthill, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Other clubs: Leith Athletic, Hearts, Leith Athletic (2)
Bought from: Leith Athletic
Signed for LFC: £N/A October 1892
International debut: 22.03.1890 vs Wales
International caps: 2/0 (at Leith Athletic) - 21.03.1891
Liverpool debut: 29.10.1892
Last appearance: 01.04.1899
Debut goal: 03.12.1892
Last goal: 07.04.1894
Contract expiry: 1899
LFC league games/goals: 77 / 2
Total LFC games/goals: 103 / 7