December 4, 1903
The directors of the Liverpool Football Club for some time have been on the look out for an understudy to Peter Platt, their goalkeeper, and they have just arranged for the transfer of Charles Cotton, of West Ham.
Cotton is a native of Plymouth, but learned his football at Sheppey. He played for Reading for three seasons, and then threw in his lot last May with West Ham, where some differences with the directors resulted in his transfer to Liverpool.
He is only 22 years of age, 5ft. 9in. in height, and 11 ½st in weight.
(Source: Sheffield Daily Telegraph: December 5, 1903)
Charles Cotton, goalkeeper for West Ham United, has been transferred to Liverpool. The figure arranged by Mr. Tom Watson, who made a special journey to London in connection with the transfer, has not transpired, but it is understood to have been a substantial one.
On Tuesday next he leaves for Liverpool.
(Source: Manchester Courier: December 5, 1903)