The Birmingham and Manchester charges

June 9, 1905
A Special Commission sat at Derby, yesterday, at the instance of the Football Association, to inquire as to the truth of certain disgraceful incidents alleged to have transpired in the League matches between Aston Villa and Manchester City, at Birmingham, and Manchester City and Everton at Manchester.

A number of players and officials were examined, and at the close the chairman (Mr. John Charles Clegg) intimated that the inquiry had been adjourned sine die for the production of further evidence. The Everton Club were not represented before the commission, but it was suggested that this was probably due to a misunderstanding, and not to an act of discourtesy. Mr. Clegg stated that they could not indicate the nature of  the allegations. It was to ascertain what they were, and how far they were well founded, that the Commission had been appointed.
(Liverpool Daily Post: June 10, 1905)

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