August 26, 1899
Bill Perkins, Harry Storer, and Matt McQueen, goal; Archie Goldie, Billy Dunlop, General Stevenson, and Robert Maclaren, backs; Rab Howell, Alex Raisbeck, William Goldie, Charlie Wilson, Fred Uttley, and John Birchall, half-backs; John Cox, John Walker, George Allan, Hugh Morgan, Tom Robertson, Fred Geary, John “Sailor” Hunter, Peter Kyle, David Wilson, John Parkinson, and Abe Foxall, forwards.
Very few changes will be noticeable in the Liverpool team, who were last season a good second to Aston Villa for the League Championship. Unfortunately that sterling player Allan has broken down in health, and it is rumoured that he will be unable to again play football. For his place, Mr. Tom Watson, ever on the look-out for first-class men, has secured a couple of clever players.
The team which will do duty at the commencement of the season will most likely be: Perkins, goal; A. Goldie and Dunlop, backs; Howell, Raisbeck, and W. Goldie, half-backs; Cox, Walker, Kyle, Morgan, and Robertson, forwards.
Kyle comes with a capital recommendation, but it remains to be seen how he will perform in the centre. The rest of the team is fully up to last year’s strength, and the only position likely to cause any anxiety is goal.
The new men are R. Maclaren, a full back from East Benhar; D. Wilson from the same club; A. Foxall, late of Gainsborough Trinity, and well known in Sheffield; John Parkinson, of Blackpool; and Uttley, from Padiham.
Mr. Watson knows what he is about when he is engaging men, and from the players he has at his command, Liverpool again ought to run close for championship honours.
(Source: Sheffield Independent: August 26, 1899)