May 27, 1905
Newcastle Police Court, on Saturday, saw two old players of Newcastle United facing each other as prosecutor and defendant in a charge of theft. James Stott, who captained the team the year it won its way into the League First Division, was prosecuting Robert McDermid for stealing 25s. and 20s. from him by means of worthless cheques.
It appeared that a lady visitor at McDermid’s house left a cheque-book behind her, and his children tore several of the cheque forms out, and later McDermid filled them in and induced Stott to change them for him.
As McDermid had returned the money the chairman said that no one appeared to have lost anything, and defendant could go.
(Lancashire Evening Post: May 29, 1905)