August 26, 1899
To talk of Liverpool’s prospects, is, in the opinion of many of the club’s followers, to use too mild a word – “Certainties” is the correct word to use, at least, so a prominent member of the clubs says, and as he has spent the major portion of the summer in analysing and weighing up the merits of the various League clubs, he ought, surely, to know.
Liverpudlians say they will lift both the League and English Cup. Few changes will be made in the personnel of the team; and when Liverpool’s last season’s form is borne in mind, this not to be wondered at.
With what might be termed a brand new team, they finished a good second in the League tourney, and but for the miserable form the displayed during the opening stages of the season, it is safe to say that they would have been League champions at the present time.
With the same, or practically the same team, Liverpool, now the men thoroughly understand one another’s play, should make things warm for all comers, and it would not surprise me in the least were they to go even one better than last season, and annex the League championship. Worse teams have successfully laid claim to the honour.
Twenty-three players in all have been engaged, and a glance at their names will most conclusively prove that Liverpool will be a power in the land during the coming season. Here they are: –
Bill Perkins, Harry Storer and Matt McQueen, goal; Archie Goldie, William Dunlop, General Stevenson, and Robert McLaren, backs; Rab Howell, Alex Raisbeck, William Goldie, Charlie Wilson, Fred Uttley, and John Birchall, half backs; John Cox, John Walker, Hugh Morgan, Tom Robertson, Abe Foxall, John “Sailor” Hunter, Peter Kyle, John Parkinson, Fred Geary, and David Wilson, forwards.
The services of Tom Wilkie, Robert Matshall, Thomas Cleghorn, and Andy McCowie have been dispensed with, the three first-mentioned having thrown in their lot with Southampton, whilst little McCowie has decided to enrol himself under the banner of Woolwich Arsenal.
It will be noticed that the name of George Allan is missing from the above list, and there is no disguising the fact that his inability to help Liverpool once more is little short of a calamity. Poor Allan is suffering from a long complaint, and it is doubtful if this fine, big fellow will ever play football again. Dashing, clever, deliberate, Allan had few, if any, superiors as a centre-forward, and in the ordinary course of events he must have had years of football before him. Poor fellow! May he have a speedy recovery!
Peter Kyle, late of the Clyde, has been appointed Allan’s successor, and Tom Watson says he is certain to make a name for himself in League football. D. Wilson hails from East Benhar, and will act has Kyle’s understudy, whilst much is expected from his clubmate in the person of McLaren.
Uttley, of Padiham, was much sought after by Blackburn Rovers and Burnley, but succumbed to Tom Watson’s blandishments and another much sought after man is Foxall, late of Gainsborough Trinity. J. Hunter, better known as “Sailor” Hunter, comes from Paisley Abercorn with a great reputation, and much is expected from Parkinson, late of Blackpool. I predict a great season for Liverpool.
(Lancashire Evening Post: August 26, 1899)