December 7, 1895
Mr. A Roston-Bourke, the secretary of the Referees’ Association has been interviewed by the “Daily Chronicle”.
He says “Here is a humorous experience I had when refereeing a Second League match between Liverpool and Notts County.”
Jimmy Ross of Liverpool had been tripped just outside the penalty line, but by dint of a little wriggling and rolling he managed to scramble over the line, and then turning to me with a bland and innocent expression, appealed for a penalty.
After the match I asked him why he did that. “Look here, Mr Bourke”, he said quietly. “I play for Liverpool don’t I?”
(Blackburn Standard: December 7, 1895)