Liverpool and Aston Villa fight for Willie Maxwell

December 1, 1897
A Birmingham correspondent was informed by a competent authority yesterday that Liverpool had reported Aston Villa to the Football Association and the League for approaching Willie Maxwell, but after all it may prove that it is Stoke that have reported the Villa. We understand that the Villa were entirely within their rights in consulting Maxwell last Monday week. Stoke withdrew their permission on the following day, and no further communication between Maxwell and the Villa has taken place since. The strangest part of the business seems to be that both Villa and Liverpool should have delayed seeing Maxwell personally for a week after having obtained the consent of the Potteries club. Then it was a curious and rather amusing coincidence that the representatives of Liverpool and the Villa should have travelled north by the same train in search of Maxwell without being aware of the fact.
(Edinburgh Evening News: Source: December 1, 1897)

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