Raisbeck impresses at Anfield

Wednesday, August 24 – 1898
Quite the feature of the of the practice game of the Liverpool FC players was the fine exhibition at centre-half of Alex Raisbeck, the ex-Hibernian, who showed much judgment in all his efforts, says a sporting scribe.
In many respects Raisbeck’s career resembles that of Robert Neill, the old Liverpool and Scottish International half back. Like the latter, he began his career in the ranks of an obscure Glasgow junior club, wherein he was discovered by the Edinburgh Hibernians. He was a mere lad – he has not yet attained his majority – when he made his first appearance in the Easter Road team, which Neill had just left, and his exhibition at right half back showed that he possessed distinct ability. Subsequently he dropped into his proper position of middle half – though for the Hibernians he played in all positions at half, and also at full back – and at the termination of last season half the English League Clubs were anxious to secure his services.
Raisbeck himself was naturally desirous to join his old club-mates at Stoke, while Newcastle United were confident he would become a member of their team; but Liverpool’s terms were the most enticing, and he attached his signature to a form for the Anfield Club. To follow in the footsteps of Neill he has now only to join the Glasgow Rangers, and less likely things have happened in football. Raisbeck belongs to a clever football family, for his elder brother, one of the best Sunderland players, is said to be the highest paid professional in England. (Evening Telegraph, 24-08-1898)

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