June 10, 1903
An important case affecting Association Football were set for adjudication at the Grand Hotel, Manchester, last evening. The case was regarding the conduct of three of the Liverpool club players, William Goldie, John Glover, and Sam Raybould, who were asked for an explanation as to why they left Liverpool and signed on for Portsmouth, a club in the Southern League.
The reason for this action on the part of the Association was contingent on the rule that provides that no player shall receive more than £208 per annum, and the decision that a player refusing to re-sign for his old club, who offered him the maximum sum, and going elsewhere, should, if thought necessary, be called upon for an explanation.
The commission was represented by Messrs. J. C. Clegg, C. Crump, J. S. Sherrington, J. Hughes, and Frederick Wall, secretary of the Football Association.
It was announced that Goldie, Glover, and Raybould had advanced the reason for migrating in Portsmouth that they desired a change. Further, the claimed the right of joining any club they pleased, it being contended that the Association forms given to players to sign were for one season only.
(Sheffield Daily Telegraph: June 11, 1903)