Meeting of the Cleveland FA (March 29, 1893)

March 28, 1893
At a meeting of the Cleveland Football Association at Middlesbrough last night, a discussion took place respecting the poaching of Tee-side professionals, by clubs connected with the League, and it was decided to direct the attention of the English Association to the newspaper reports of the signing of forms by Bob Chatt, a registered professional of the Ironopolis club, for Aston Villa in February, contrary to the English Association’s instructions which did not allow a professional to bind himself to any club other than his own between certain dates.

There were, it was said, other cases within the council’s knowledge of players signing for League clubs – one club will lose all its best players – but the case of Chatt would probably serve as an example.
(Source: Northern Daily Telegraph: March 29, 1893)