December 22, 1866
We are very happy to be able to state that, though the influence of W.D. Hogarth, Esq., the well-known gentleman amateur, a piece of lands has been secured for the purpose of making a running and athletic ground. The site selected is in Belmont Road, about a mile and a half from the Liverpool Exchange. We believe we are correct in stating that it is intended to be kept exclusively for gentleman amateurs, and will therefore supply a want that has long been felt by the athletes of the district. Several gentlemen have expressed surprise to us that there is no football club in Liverpool. Now that a suitable ground has been pitched upon, we hope some one will take the initiative, and that a club may be formed.
(Source: The Sportsman: December 22, 1866)