May 22, 1893
I was surprised to hear this week of the way the Everton Executive are treating their discarded players. Alex Stewart and Patrick Gordon are what is termed “sacked”, yet the Everton executive will not release them to enable them to look for another place.
Surely this dog-in-the-manger policy is not consistent with the dignity of a club of the standing of Everton.
(Athletic News: May 22, 1893)