September 10, 1897
The Management Committee of the Football League met at the Old Boar’s Head Hotel, Manchester, yesterday, there being present Messrs. John James Bentley (president), D. Haigh, T.H. Sidney (vice-presidents), R Molyneux, W.H. Bellamy, J. Parlby, J. Dunckley, and Harry Lockett (secretary).
Several additions were made to the list of referees and linesmen. The question of the transfer of Teddy Birch and George Ekins from Burton Swifts to Luton was adjourned to the next meeting. The case of John Whitehead, the international forward, came up for consideration, and he is to be given a free and open transfer by the Blackburn Rovers, and will probably sign for Manchester City. His transfer dates from the last meeting, and he will thus be eligible to play at once.
Derby County appealed against the decision of the committee in the Everton case, and the appeal will probably be hard at Birmingham on Monday next before Messrs. Clegg, Crump, and Forrest. The international League match v Ireland will be played on the Manchester City ground on November 6th.
The following transfers were made:
George Reid, Sheffield Wednesday, to West Bromwich Albion;
Albert Williams, Grimsby Town, to West Bromwich Albion;
Charlie Saer, Blackburn Rovers, to Leicester Fosse;
Arthur Kelsey, West Bromwich Albion, to Wolverhampton Wanderers;
Phil Bach, Sheffield United, to Sunderland;
F. Wood, Sheffield United, to Derby County;
Charles Izon, Small Heath, to Walsall;
Walter Whittaker, Newton Heath, to Grimsby;
William Stewart, Newton Heath, to Luton Town.
The circular from the Scottish League with reference to the proposed agreement regarding the acknowledgement of each other’s registrations was considered, and it was decided to ask if the addition which made it necessary for a player to sign a professional form before one belonging to the League was to be adhered to, as in that case the English League could not agree to it, and refused to place anything before the general meeting save and except what was adopted at the Douglas Conference.
(Lancashire Evening Post: September 12, 1897)
Private Arthur Kelsey, West Bromwich (Lloyd’s Weekly News: October 13, 1895):