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“Scott never exhibits tricks in goal. He catches balls that others would fist; he puts the ball over the bar for a corner when others would be spectacular in clearing. Scott never takes a chance, and if you study those goalkeepers who have gained fame you will find that it was because of this trait. It would be easy to say Scott has anticipation, but telling why he has this gift is much more difficult. Personally, I think it is because he never takes his eye of the ball. I do not mean when it is likely to come to him: all goalkeepers must do that. But Scott, if you watch him when there is little chance of him having to save, is moving about in goal in accordance with the position of the ball. He knows that a freak shot will change an angle, so before the ball comes he is protecting the goal from that angle. You never catch him unready.

Perhaps the greatest test of a goalkeeper is his judgment in running out of goal. If Scott goes he gets the ball. You never see him losing a race and finding the ball going into an untenanted goal. You never see him prancing about the penalty spot when a corner kick has been taken. He leaves the backs to do their job and never interferes – but let an opponent get clean through and ten see Scott come out. He then comes quickly, and the forward has to be quick or the opening at which to shoot will be very narrow.

But one could go right through a goalkeeper’s task, discus it in detail, and have to admit with each detail, that that is the way Scott does his job.”
(Source: Daily Mail: September 30, 1931)

Born: August 24, 1894: Belfast, in Ireland.
Passed away: May 16, 1959: Belfast, in Ireland.

Position: Goalkeeper.

Height: 175 cm. (5ft. 8½in.);
Weight: 70 kilos (10st. 11lb.).

Career:
Belfast Boys Brigade, 1909.
Broadway United, 1911.
Linfield, 1911.
Liverpool: Signed: September 3, 1912.
* 1912-13: 1-0 (Football League 1); 0-0 (FA Cup);
* 1913-14: 4-0 (Football League 1); 0-0 (FA Cup);
* 1914-15: 23-0 (Football League 1); 2-0 (FA Cup);
*** War time guest Belfast United, 1915.
*** War time guest Linfield, 1916.
*** War time guest Belfast Celtic, 1916.
* 1919-20: 9-0 (Football League 1); 0-0 (FA Cup);
* 1920-21: 26-0 (Football League 1); 3-0 (FA Cup);
* 1921-22: 39-0 (Football League 1); 3-0 (FA Cup);
* 1922-23: 42-0 (Football League 1); 4-0 (FA Cup); 1-0 (Charity Shield);
* 1923-24: 42-0 (Football League 1); 5-0 (FA Cup);
* 1924-25: 38-0 (Football League 1); 4-0 (FA Cup);
* 1925-26: 39-0 (Football League 1); 3-0 (FA Cup);
* 1926-27: 32-0 (Football League 1); 4-0 (FA Cup);
* 1927-28: 17-0 (Football League 1); 0-0 (FA Cup);
* 1928-29: 22-0 (Football League 1); 0-0 (FA Cup);
* 1929-30: 8-0 (Football League 1); 0-0 (FA Cup);
* 1930-31: 14-0 (Football League 1); 0-0 (FA Cup);
* 1931-32: 37-0 (Football League 1); 4-0 (FA Cup);
* 1932-33: 27-0 (Football League 1); 1-0 (FA Cup);
* 1933-34: 10-0 (Football League 1); 4-0 (FA Cup);
** Total: 430-0 (Football League 1); 37-0 (FA Cup); 1-0 (Charity Shield).
** Transfer listed: April 18, 1934, for £250.
** Transferred to Belfast Celtic.
Belfast Celtic: Signed: June 27, 1934.
* 1934-35: ?-? (Irish League);
* 1935-36: ?-? (Irish League).
** Scott retired as a player after the end of the 1935-36 season. He played 29 League matches for Celtic and 6 FA Cup games.
Manager: Glenavon: Appointed: March 2, 1950.
** Belfast Celtic rebuked the appointment.

Merits:
Ireland A 31-0:
Victory Internationals 2-0:
Irish League XI 2-0:
Irish Football League Winner: 1918-19 (Belfast Celtic); 1935-36 (Belfast Celtic).
Football League First Division Winner: 1922-23 (Liverpool); 1923-24 (Liverpool).
Irish FA Cup Winner: 1917-18 (Belfast Celtic).
City Cup Winner: 1918-19 (Belfast Celtic).
Lancashire Cup Winner: 1930-31 (Liverpool).
Liverpool Cup Winner:.

Image(s):
Joint Everton and Liverpool Match Programme: January 2, 1915.
Elisha Scott 1915

Elisha Scott, 1922 – from the collection of James Cotton.
Elisha Scott 1922

Elisha Scott, 1924, from the collection of James Cotton.
Elisha Scott 1924

Hull Daily Mail: February 24, 1932.
Elisha Scott 1932

Daily Mirror: August 31, 1931 (match against Newcastle United)
Elisha Scott 1931 A NewcastleX
Elisha Scott, Belfast Celtic (Sunderland Daily Echo: March 21, 1935)
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Northern Whig: January 20, 1936.

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