Drunk and disorderly Liverpool players


November 14, 1898
Prominent football in trouble. At Liverpool Police Court yesterday, George Allan, Hugh Morgan, and John Walker, members of the Liverpool Football Club League team, were charged with a breach of the peace and obstructing the police. They were creating a disturbance in the street, and complaint was made to a constable, who requested them to desist, but they refused, Walker saying – “Let’s show him some Scotch blood.” The constable took Allan into custody when the others molested him. Prisoners were remanded on bail in order that they might call witnesses.
(Source: Dundee Courier; November 15, 1898)

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The charge against Liverpool footballers
Before Mr. Stewart, Stipendiary, at the City Police Court, Liverpool, three footballers belonging to the Liverpool Football Club team, named respectively George Allan, Hugh Morgan and John Walker, were charged, the first-named with having used language likely to cause a breach of the peace, and the two others with having obstructed the police in the execution of their duty. Mr. Cripps conducted the prosecution, and Mr. Edwin Berry defended.

Mr. Cripps, in opening the case, said that on Sunday morning, shortly after midnight, Police-constable 190 B, earing some shouting in Oakfield Road, went and found Allan and a number of other fellows causing a disturbance. He requested Allan to move on, but he refused, telling him it was only the clothes that prevented him from going for the policeman.

Police Constable 190 B, giving evidence generally in accordance with the foregoing statement, said he head a disturbance, and a dish, out of which one of them had been eating, thrown on the middle of the road. He asked Allan, whom he knew, to move along, but he refused, saying he would not go for him, and that he would show him some Scotch blood.

Witness, cross-examined by Mr. Berry, denied having said: “Get along home; it is time you fellows were in bed.” They did not say they were doing no harm, and he (witness) did not say to them, “None of your …. Scotch twang.” He admitted, however, saying to them, “You think you can do as you like with your £5 or £7 a week.”

The Stipendiary thought it was evident that the young men were having a lark, but it appeared that they were all sober. If they had gone quietly away in the first instance there would not have been any cause for complaint. The police had given their evidence very well, but there appeared to have been no violence, and the case would be dismissed. At the same time he advised the defendants to turn in a little earlier on a Sunday morning.

Mr. Berry: “It was after a match, and they had win.”
(Source: Nottingham Journal: November 19, 1898)

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