August 14, 1893
Last evening, in the Bootle Town Hall, a meeting of the friends and supporters of the Bootle Football Club was held, which had been summoned by the directors in accordance with the wish expressed at the annual meeting of the members. In the unavoidable absence of the chairman of the club (Mr. John Vicars) though the illness of his wife, the deputy chairman (Mr. James Imray) presided, and there was a large attendance, chiefly of working men.
In opening the proceedings, Mr. Imray referred to the warm interest of Mr. Vicars in the club at this critical period. The question they were do decide that night was whether the club was to go on or cease to exist. The executive had spent about all the money they had, but trusted there were plenty of others who felt an equally deep interest in the club.
By everyone putting his shoulder to the wheel a successful season might yet be achieved. He felt sure that with a little money a team worthy of Bootle would be put in the field next September. (Applause.)
In answer to a speak whose announcement that he was “an old Evertonian” was cheered, the Chairman said that £150 was the smallest sum with which the club could be started with a reasonable probability of carrying it through the season. The Evertonian thereupon declared he would put £3 down towards it.
Mr. R.E. Betts (secretary), in summing up the situation, said that the directors felt the money must be guaranteed at that meeting if the club was to go on.
Some time elapsed in the collection of promises. At length the Chairman announced that the response to the appeal was only twelve guineas, making with promises made prior to the meeting, a sum of £23. He would welcome any suggestion for its resuscitation, but unless something cropped up he felt that this must end the Bootle Football Club.
Mr. J.D. McMurray, honorary secretary, said they had received miserable and unfortunate support from the aristocracy of Bootle.
The meeting the dispersed, and subsequently the directors held a consultation in private as to the steps it was desirable should be taken.
(Liverpool Mercury: August 15, 1893)
Bootle Town Hall.