Burnley pushing the legal limits

Thursday, April 1 – 1897
As to the help Burnley have got in view of the test matches, Jimmy Ross and Malcolm McVean ought to be valuable acquisitions, and Brown should be useful. It is scarcely fair to the clubs who have to fight their way into the First Division that First Leaguers should meet them with borrowed strength. Of course, so far as the ex-Liverpool players are concerned, they are bona-fide transferred. Where that is the case nothing can be said, but the League ought, in the interests of fairness all round, to put its foot on bogus transfers. Of course it is open for the Second Division clubs to do the same, but it ought to be stopped all round.
(Edinburgh Evening News, 01-04-1897)