Liverpool held on to Frank Becton


November 11, 1895
Liverpool don’t believe in a reserve team, and had Frank Becton played in the Inter-League match at Stoke they would have been compelled to place four forwards on the field against Leicester Fosse – at least, that is what their secretary represented to the League, and he produced a doctor’s certificate to the effect that so many players were injured that they would only be able to turn out ten men in the event of Becton playing at Stoke. Under the circumstances Becton was allowed to slide, for to play one short would have been a direct violation of the League rules. Sheffield United were in a similar fix had they been called upon to supply a full-back.
(Source: Athletic News: November 11, 1895)

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