Saturday, March 25 – 1899
At Saturday’s match, an ominous whisper went round the grand stand that Tom Watson, the old Sunderland and present Liverpool secretary, was present bent on serious business, and later in the day the news spread that William Perkins, the Luton goal-keeper, had been transferred to the Liverpool club. We understand that negotiations have been in progress about a month, and Mr. Watson has taken special opportunities for watching the Luton custodian’s form when the club went up North, while a Northern friend has reported from Luton. The price paid for the transfer is £200, and this sum will prove a most welcome addition to the depleted coffers of the Luton club. Perkins himself will receive a bonus of £10 and £4 wages per week all year round. He plays in his first match against the Glasgow Rangers on Good Friday.
Lutonians, though very sorry to lose him, will watch Bill Perkin’s career in the First League with interest. Perkins was born on January 26th, 1876, and is consequently only 23 years of age, so that he has youth on his side. At the age of 17, he began playing football for the Burton Latimer Temperance Club in Northamptonshire, and developed such splendid qualities as a custodian that he soon attracted the notice of the Kettering Club. The latter gave him a trial and as a result of his successful play, Perkins was given a permanent place in the Kettering team, which he kept until the end of last season, when he joined Luton’s ranks. The new Liverpool goal-keeper is 6 feet in height, and weighs 12 stone.
(Luton Times and Advertiser, 31-03-1899)