August 17, 1899
Everything at Anfield Road, Liverpool, is bustle and excitement, making preparations for the coming season, and by September 1 every thing will be in order. All the men have arrived, with the exception of George Allan, and are training assiduously every day, under the care of their trainer, James Chapman, evidently determined to make a better start than they did last season.
General regret will be expressed at the indisposition of Allan. He has been ill all the summer with a severe lung complaint, and his medical adviser has informed the Directors that at any rate he will be unable to play this season. This will be a decided loss to the Anfield Road team, as his play at times was brilliant, and all enthusiasts will wish him a speedy recovery.
The list of the old players signed on are: – Goal, Harry Storer, Bill Perkins, and Matt McQueen; backs, Archie Goldie, Billy Dunlop, and General Stevenson; halves, Rab Howell, Alex Raisbeck, William Goldie, Charlie Wilson, and John Birchall; forwards, John Cox, John Walker, George Allan, Hugh Morgan, Tom Robertson, and Fred Geary.
The new men engaged are R. Robert McLaren, full back, from East Benhar, and David Wilson, centre-forward, from the same Club. This was the team that produced Tom Robertson, the outside left. Peter Kyle, centre-forward, from the Clyde, is the player likely to take Allan’s place, as he comes with a good reputation. John “Sailor” Hunter, from Abercorn, is another player who is highly spoken of as likely to turn out a useful player for the Anfield team. His position is inside or outside right.
(Source: Evening Telegraph: August 17, 1899)