Season preview 1896-97: Liverpool F.C. (Lancashire Evening Post)

August 29, 1896
With the admission to the First Division of the League, the Liverpool club have taken a new lease of life. The ground at Anfield-road has been rendered more spacious than before, and everything has been done for the comfort of the spectators. But the most important move the committee think they have made has been the appointment of Tom Watson, the ex-secretary of the Sunderland F.C. The step is an important one, and marks a new epoch in football engagements. Mr. Watson is to have a salary of £300 per annum, the largest yet paid to a secretary, and the Liverpudlians think they have done a big stroke.

During the close season the committee of the club have been busy engaging new men, and a capital lot of players have been got together. The men at the call of the committee are: –

Harry Storer and Willie Donnelly, goal; Matt McQueen, Billy Dunlop, Archie Goldie, and Tom Wilkie, backs; John McCartney, Joe McQue, Thomas Cleghorn, Bill Keech, John Holmes, Robert Neill, and James McLean, half-backs; Jimmy Ross, Malcolm McVean, George Allan, Frank Becton, Harry Bradshaw, Fred Geary, John Clark, William Michael, David Hannah, and Benjamin Bull.

Harry Storer, Liverpool (Lloyd’s Weekly News: December 1, 1895):

The list of engagements entered into outside the League have been few, but they include a home-and-home match with Everton. The team will compete for the English and Lancashire Cups, and there is a pretty general opinion all round that they will not have to participate in a test match next April.
(Lancashire Evening Post: August 29, 1896)