Season preview 1902-03: Liverpool F.C. (Sheffield Daily Telegraph)

August 28, 1902
Few changes of any consequence have been made by the Liverpool Club. Last season the in-and-out performances of the players caused considerable anxiety amongst those responsible.

One of the greatest misfortunes which Liverpool sustained was the injury in the second League match of the season to the Wolverhampton player Bowen. His knee gave way just at the time when he was proving himself most serviceable to his new club. The most skilful surgeons in the country were consulted, and it is now more than probable that he will be able to resume his place in the front line.

McGuigan was another doubtful starter, but in regard both to this player and Bowen the latest reports are most satisfactory. Given the presence of these two the Liverpool executive anticipate placing on the field one of the strongest front lines in the country. They have been reinforced by the Celtic player Livingston, who appeared with distinction in the last Scotland and England international. What at present is regarded as an ideal list of forwards will be composed of Goddard, McGuigan, Bowen, Livingston, and Cox.

In the matter of half backs Liverpool promise to be equally strong considering that they have the services of such notable performers as Parry, Raisbeck, Goldie, Wilson, and Fleming. In Glover and Dunlop they have a pair of splendid backs, while in Platt, of Oswaldtwistle Rovers, they have an efficient goalkeeper in case anything happens to Perkins.

Amongst the players who have left Liverpool are the two Robertsons, the two Hunters, and John Walker. It is worthy of note that Liverpool this season have signed on only 19 professionals, the intention of the executive being to play as many local amateurs as possible in the second eleven, which again enters the Lancashire Combination. The famous international centre-half back Raisbeck once again fills the onerous position of capatain of the club. (Sheffield Daily Telegraph: August 28, 1902)

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