August 27, 1898
Liverpudlians are awaiting the forthcoming season with eagerness and confidence, and unless Tom Watson is a false prophet Liverpool will achieve fame and honour before many moons have passed. No expense, no effort, has been spared in the attempt to get a first class team together; and Mr. Watson has every reason to feel proud of his handwork.
Several of the stars engaged played in two or three of the League matches at the back end of last season, so that their form is pretty well known and has not to be taken on trust.
Of the newcomers Raisbeck is perhaps the best known. Originally from the Edinburgh Hibernians, he assisted Stoke out of the test matches last season, and the football critics were unanimous in classing him as one of the finest half backs in the League.
The forward line is undoubtedly the strongest that has ever represented Liverpool, and is bound to reap a rare crop of goals. Harry Bradshaw has not been signed on again, and genuine regret is expressed that this brilliant left winger will know Anfield no more.
John McCartney, another favourite, and Daniel Cunliffe have joined forces with New Brighton, whilst several others have wended their way to different parts of the globe. A new trainer, in the person of James Chapman, late of the Heart of Midlothian, has been engaged, and already he has the men well in hand.
The list retained is as follows: –
Goal, Harry Storer, Matt McQueen; backs, Archie Goldie, Billy Dunlop, Tom Wilkie, General Stevenson; half-backs, Rab Howell (Sheffield United), Alex Raisbeck (Edinburgh Hibernians), William Goldie, Barney Battles (Dundee), Charlie Wilson, Thomas Cleghorn; forwards, Robert Marshall, Fred Geary, George Allan (Celtic), John Walker and Tom Robertson (Heart of Midlothian), Hugh Morgan (St. Mirren), Frank Becton, Andy McCowie, John Cox (Blackpool), and Arthur Kelly.
(Lancashire Evening Post: August 27, 1898)
Harry Storer, Liverpool (Lloyd’s Weekly News: December 1, 1895):