Balmer nets quickest goal

16 February 1938

Jack Balmer achieved much in his 17-year Anfield career, not least the feat of scoring hat-tricks in three consecutive games in 1946.

This wasn't his first entry into the record books, however, because in February 1938 he netted what is thought to be the fastest goal in Liverpool Football Club's long and illustrious history.

Just 10 seconds had passed in the season's second Merseyside derby at Goodison Park when Balmer rippled the back of the net in front of 33,465 largely baffled spectators.

The game finished 3-1 to Liverpool – and what a day it was for their talented striker, who as a boy had been on Everton's books.