Friday, October 26 – 1888
A large meeting of the Football League was held at the Royal Hotel, Manchester, last evening, when the report of Notts County against Alec Dick, of Everton, for four play at Trent Bridge, was considered. Messrs. E. Browne and Daft attended for Notts, Mr. Barclay, the secretary of Everton, and Mr. Berry, the umpire at the Notts match, appeared on behalf of Everton.
The complaint of Notts, as to Dick was considered, and both sides were duly heard. The League decided that Dick must send a written apology to the Notts County Committee for his ungentlemanly language, but as the referee could give no evidence of blows, that allegation was not considered proved.
The Blackburn Rovers representative gave notice that he should bring up at the next meeting the question of reckoning draws in the League averages.
A feeling was expressed that the rule of exchanging players in the League matches should be put on the same footing as the English Association Cup matches, but no resolution was passed. This last subject was brought to the notice of secretary of the League by Mr. E. Browne, of Nottingham, when Archie Goodall was transferred from Preston North End to Aston Villa.
(Nottingham Evening Post, 27-10-1888)