January 5, 1905
“Well-Wisher,” a Wallasey gentleman, writes as follows about Liverpool Football Club: – “As a loyal supporter of the Liverpool Football Club, I have regretted to see the evident staleness of some of the first team players in the last few home matches. It brings forcibly before the club’s patrons the great necessity of the addition of two or three really good men ere it is too late, in order that the club’s promotion next year may be an assured fact. Manchester United are making a strong bid for elevation to the premier League. The directors would do well to secure at least on reliable wing half-back, as if properly fed the present forward line is good enough for anything. But it is at right full back that the weakest spot in the team is to be found, David Murray being extremely uncertain, and Alf West, since his regrettable shooting accident, having not yet regained that dash and confidence so much in evidence at the end of last season, though doubtless it will come as the season advances. With a really first-class man to partner Billy Dunlop the defence would, in my opinion, be second to none in either division of the League.”
It should be mentioned that “Well Wisher’s” letter was written on December 26. No doubt the writer was present at the Everton meeting, and has, therefore, seen the benefit derived by the players’ stay at Southport.
As regards strengthening the team at right back and left half, the officials of the clubs are doing all they can to fill those positions with strong men.
(Liverpool Daily Post: January 5, 1905)