August 21, 1899
I should think there is not a club in the League that have made fewer changes in the team than have the club under notice, for the only non-starter of last season’s lot will be George Allan, who has broken down in health. Many will be surprised to hear that this robust looking player is laid up with a lung complaint, and that he will probably not play at all this season.
In his place we shall have one of the clever youngsters Tom Watson secured from Scotland at the back end of last season, and most honour will probably fall on Peter Kyle, who was signed from the Clyde Club.
Other new men are Robert Maclaren, full back from East Benhar, David Wilson, from the same club. Then there is the Englishmen in Abe Foxall, of Gainsborough Trinity, John Parkinson, of Blackpool, and Fred Uttley, from Padiham.
The team will be chosen from the following: – Bill Perkins, goal; Archie Goldie and Billy Dunlop, backs, Rab Howell, Alex Raisbeck, and William Goldie, half-backs; John Cox, John Walker, Peter Kyle, Hugh Morgan, and Tom Robertson, forwards.
This is practically the team that won second position last season, and who ought, had they conducted themselves properly, have ousted Aston Villa. They are capable of improving on last season’s play, the only weak spot being in goal, and possibly centre forward – two ticklish positions, I admit. Like Everton, the Liverpool Reserves are in the Lancashire Combination.
(Source: Athletic News: August 21, 1899)