Season preview 1901-02: Oswaldtwistle Rovers F.C. (Lancashire Evening Post)

August 17, 1901
Oswaldtwistle Rovers are looking forward with confidence to a more satisfactory season than they experienced last winter, when everything appeared to militate against them. Not only did they end up second from the bottom of the Combination table, but wet weather and indifferent displays by the players affected the “gate” receipts in no minor degree.

The committee, realizing that public support is largely measured by results, have been busy securing the beat available talent for season 1901-02, and a promising string of footballers, 24 in number, have been got together.

Last year’s players who have re-signed are: Peter Platt (goal), Richard Hargreaves (back), W. Livesey, W. Rushworth, and W. Cunliffe (half-backs), and H. Bolton (forward). Platt, it will be remembered, left Oswaltwtistle to play with the Blackburn Rovers during last season, and kept goal for the latter against West Bromwich Albion, but Oswaldtwistle have now signed him on a pro. form.

The new players are: Goal, J. Johnson (from the Brownedge club in the Preston and District League); backs, W. Morgan (who played with Castleton last year and with Oswaldtwistle the season before), J.W. Whalley (Trawden Forest), T. Jones (a Prestonian, who comes with good credentials), and R. Smith (a Blackburn junior); half-backs, A. Calverley (Blackburn Park Road) and J. Heald (Preston); forwards, W. Bilsborough (Preston), J. Fletcher (played last season with Heywood, winners of the Lancashire Junior Cup), J. Wilding (Maryport), W. Kirby (Preston North End), H.E. Sergeant (Blackburn Park Road), R. Parkinson (Preston), J.A. Rushton and C. Atkinson (both of Nelson), A. Pollard (Accrington Stanley), R. Matherley (Preston), and R. Allen (Blackburn St. James’). Kirby, especially, should be a tower of strength to the Rovers. Fletcher will improve the forward rank, and Calverley will certainly be stronger than Lord at half-back.

In fact, the team will be all round superior to last year’s, and, of course, more expensive, too.

The club has entered for the English Cup and the Lancashire Junior Cup, and intend to offer a challenge cup for competition amongst the local juniors during the coming season.
(Source: Lancashire Evening Post: August 17, 1901)


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