On this day in 1855 Liverpool’s first ever manager, John McKenna, was born.
McKenna took charge of Liverpool alongside William Barclay upon the clubs inception in 1892, but it wouldn’t be until 1895 he would take full control of the club as a standalone manager. Throughout the collaboration period between himself and Barclay, McKenna was the more involved ‘coach’ between the two of them and his stint as Liverpool manager got off to a tremendous start, beating Rotherham Town 7-1 in what was the first ever match Liverpool played at Anfield.
Throughout his 4 years at Liverpool, McKenna brought the Merseyside outfit a great deal of success relative to that of a newly founded club. Under his management, Liverpool won the Second Division twice (in 1894 & 1896). McKenna allowed Tom Watson to succeed him as Liverpool manager after securing promotion to the top flight of English football in 1896 and ended his managerial career with the then-blue-and-whites after 127 games in charge (Won: 77 Drew: 20 Lost: 30).