Louis Bimpson

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Louis Bimpson
Personal information
Full name James Louis Bimpson
Date of birth (1929-05-14) May 14, 1929 (age 85)
Place of birth Rainford, England
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1951–1953 Burscough
1953–1959 Liverpool 93 (39)
1959–1961 Blackburn Rovers 22 (5)
1961 Bournemouth 11 (1)
1961–1963 Rochdale 54 (16)
1963–1964 Wigan Athletic 5 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Louis Bimpson (born 14 May 1929) was a Liverpool Football Club striker of the 1950s who notched up a good goalscoring record without ever being a first-team regular.

Life and playing career[edit]

Born Rainford, Merseyside, England, Bimpson played for Burscough before Liverpool signed him in 1953.[1] He made his debut two months later on the 7 March in a league match at Villa Park, it was a day not to remember, however, as Aston Villa cruised to a convincing 4–0 victory over a struggling Reds side. His first goal came a month later on the 3 April, again, in a league match, but this time at Anfield in a 2–1 victory over Cardiff City Bimpson's 19th minute strike turned out to be the winner.

Bimpson signed for the Reds just as they side were about to hit hard times being relegated to 2nd Division at the end of Bimpson's first full season at Anfield, even though Louis managed a goal every other game netting 12 in 24 appearances, including scoring twice in a 4–4 draw with rivals Manchester United at Anfield on 22 August and the four goals he scored in a 4–0 home win against Burnley on 19 September 1953.

The inside-right, who was just as comfortable as a centre-forward, didn't make that much of an impact in Liverpool's first season in the lower tier playing just nine games scoring two goals, the 1956–57 season was a better one for Bimpson appearing in 21 games, although he only managed six goals.

The following campaign was another average one as appearances go but the 1958–59 campaign was the best season Louis had in the red of Liverpool he started 16 games netting a respectable 11 goals, ironically this was to be his last full season at Anfield, Dave Hickson made the short journey across Stanley Park from Merseyside rivals Everton which didn't help he his struggle to hold down a regular spot and only started five times, he was allowed to leave and joined Blackburn Rovers on the 19 November 1959.

Bimpson is probably best remembered for his time at Ewood Park, especially his first season as he scored in a 4–1 victory over Sunderland in the 1959–60 FA Cup third round replay and followed that with a brace in an impressive 3–1 win at Tottenham Hotspur in round five. Rovers made it to the cup final that year with Bimpson in the side but they played well below their best on the day, as well as being reduced to ten men through injury, and lost 0–3 to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Bimpson went on to play for Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic and Rochdale before dropping into non-league football with Wigan Athletic in 1963, where he scored twice in five Cheshire League games.[2] He finished his career back at his first club Burscough as an amateur.

Career details[edit]

  • Liverpool F.C (1953–1959) - 102 games, 39 goals
  • Blackburn Rovers F.C (1960 F A cup runner up)

References[edit]

  1. ^ George, Ricky (25 February 2003). "Burscough gaining loyalty dividend". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Hayes, Dean (1996). The Latics: The Official History of Wigan Athletic F.C. Harefield: Yore Publications. ISBN 1-874427-91-7. 

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