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The League champions in numbers


May 6, 1901
In fulfilling their League programme Liverpool have had the assistance of only eighteen and Sunderland of sixteen players – facts which will be interesting to clubs who have long lists of men and a corresponding salary sheet.

Perkins, Goldie, and Robertson (outside right) have participated in every League match for Liverpool, as the appended table will show: –
Bill Perkins, goalkeeper, 34 matches;
Tom J. Robertson, full-back, 25 matches;
Billy Dunlop, full-back, 33 matches;
John Glover, full-back, 10 matches;
Charlie Wilson, half-back, 26 matches;
Alex Raisbeck, half-back, 31 matches;
William Goldie, half-back, 34 matches;
John T. Hunter, half-back, 1 match;
Maurice Parry, half-back, 8 matches;
Rab Howell, half-back, 2 matches;
Tom Robertson, forward, 34 matches;
John Walker, forward, 29 matches;
Sam Raybould, forward, 30 matches;
Charles Satterthwaite, forward, 21 matches;
John Cox, forward, 32 matches;
Andy McGuigan, forward, 14 matches;
John “Sailor” Hunter, forward, 8 matches;
John Davies, forward, 1 match.

Moreover, the flying Cox has assisted England, the fair-haired, sturdy Raisbeck has again played centre half-back for Scotland, the persevering Raybould was centre for the representative encounter between the English and Scottish Leagues, the clean and resolute Dunlop was one of the Anglo-Scots in the Trial match, and the untiring Parry played brilliantly at half-back for Wales.

When in their happiest vein the Liverpool eleven have played superbly. That they have at times been erratic almost goes without saying. For they are but mortal after all.

We regret to hear that the Liverpool club is experiencing a difficulty in retaining some of these eighteen players owing to the £4 per week limit law which has now come into operation. Mr. Tom Watson, the genial, long-headed secretary, writes us that some of the “nicest fellows ever got together may be missing next season through no fault of ours.”

If a player refuses to re-sign his agreement at the maximum wages – unless he retires from the game – there is only one interference to be drawn. We respect the clubs who intend to obey the rules of the Association, both in letter and spirit.

There are organisations of position who have refused to add even a small railway contract ticket to the £4 per week, and there are players who have appended their autograph to the necessary forms, even though they have signed away some of their salary.

For the sake of the future of football we trust that the limit of £208 per annum per player will be legally enforced. Surely the keystone of all legislation should be the greatest good of the greatest number, and there can be no doubt that the poorer clubs constitute the overwhelming majority. Besides, it is necessary to protect some people against themselves.
(Source: Athletic News: May 6, 1901)

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