August 27, 1898
Followers of the Liverpool club are anticipating great and glorious things. They are hoping to quite outshine their local rivals, the Evertonians, and certainly they have secured a strong combination of talent, which on paper looks capable of achieving the utmost the Liverpudlians can desire.
Unfortunately, however, these tams of all the talents do no always carry all before them in the way anticipated by their enthusiastic supporters, and it would be well to wait for the actual test of play before they boast too much.
There is no doubt, however, that Mr. Tom Watson has got together a fine lot of players – Scotch chiefly, but with a sprinkling of English talent – and it is by no means impossible that Liverpool may prove one of the most successful team of 1898-9.
Here is a list of the players: –
Harry Storer and Matt McQueen, goal (same as last season); Archie Goldie, Billy Dunlop, Tom Wilkie, and General Stevenson, backs; Rab Howell (late Sheffield United), Alex Raisbeck (Edinburgh Hibernians), William Goldie, Barney Battles (Dundee), Charlie Wilson, and Thomas Cleghorn, half-backs; Robert Marshall, Fred Geary, George Allan (Celtic), John Walker (Heart of Midlothian), Tom Robertson (Heart of Midlothian), Hugh Morgen (St. Mirren), Frank Becton, Andy McCowie, John Cox (Blackpool), and Arthur Kelly.
(Source: Sheffield Independent: August 27, 1898)
Harry Storer, Liverpool (Lloyd’s Weekly News: December 1, 1895):