Liverpool F.C.: The annual meeting of 1905 (Cricket and Football Field)

June 21, 1905
The 12th annual general meeting of the shareholders of the Liverpool Football Club and Athletic Grounds Company, Ltd., was held at the Carlton Hall, Eberle Street, on Wednesday evening, when Mr. Edwin Berry, C.C., presided over a large attendance.

Mr. Tom Watson, the secretary, in presenting his annual report did so under pleasing conditions, inasmuch as they had for the third (and he hoped the last) time regained their position amongst the First League teams in England. (Applause). Everybody was aware of the circumstances which led up to the team dropping into the Second Division, but he thought they would agree that the players and directors were to be congratulated on their placing the club again in its rightful position. Mr. William Houlding having decided to sever his connection with it

A scheme for re-organising had been formulated, with what success they were aware of, and for the first time they could safely say they were a public concern. They commenced the season with practically the same team that had been unfortunate in dropping into the Second Division, but it was soon evident there was a feeling prevailing among the players to reach.for the third time, the top rung of the Second Division ladder. (Hear, hear.)

It had been the most exciting season in the annals of the Second Division, and whilst their sympathies went out to Manchester United, they were proud of the honour of again being declared champions, and that by the highest number of points obtained since the institution of the competition. (Applause.)

They had again met their Everton friends in the first round of the English Cup, and although beaten by two goals to one after a drawn game, had gained many new friends by the fine quality of play exhibited in these two games, which were witnessed by 60,000 people. They had the satisfaction, however, of beating Everton 4-1 in the Liverpool Cup.

The Combination team had also done well to finish second to Stockport County, who had since been elected to the Second Division of the League. (Hear, hear.) Several of their players had to be added to the list of International honours, namely, J. Hughes and Latham, for Wales; Parkinson had also progressed finely and had assisted the North v. the South and the English League team v. Scottish League.

Parkinson’s Fine Progress had been especially pleasing, seeing he was one of their own bringing out (Hear, hear.) A word of praise was due to Messrs. Raisbeck, Dunlop and Parry for the sportsmanlike manner in which they waived the honour of representing their country in the International matches and by assisting their club at its critical period. (Applause.)

West, who unfortunately met with a serious accident, was not able to play before December, but since then he had been of great service, and they hoped in the coming season to find him stronger than ever. The club had lost a most promising player in the death of Fred Bubb, a Liverpool lad, who had all the makings of a first-class player.

He had to again congratulate the Vice-Chairman, Mr. John McKenna, on his re-election to the Management Committee of the League, and along with Dr James Baxter, of Everton, they represented the First Division clubs, Mr. McKenna had also been unanimously re-elected president of the Lancashire Combination, and honour which was second only to the presidency of “the” League. In conclusion, Mr. Watson hoped this was a new era in the club’s history, that they might be as successful as their neighbours, and he did not see why two First League clubs could not be successful in our large city (Applause.)

The Secretary then announced that the following players had been engaged for next season:
Goal: Ned Doig and Sam Hardy (Chesterfield);
Backs: Alf West, Billy Dunlop, David Murray, Tom Chorlton and Charlie Wilson;
Half-backs: Maurice Parry, Alex Raisbeck, George Fleming, John Hughes, George Latham and James Hughes;
Forwards: Arthur Goddard, Robert Robinson, Jack Parkinson, Sam Raybould, John Cox, Ellis Dudley, James Gorman, John Carlin, Joe Hewitt and James Garside.

The Chairman, in moving the adoption of the balance sheet, said it was most satisfactory that they

Should have a profit of £1,500. (Hear, hear.)
Their wage bill was not, as some people thought, more than that of Everton, because the latter club had deducted from the wages account the money received in transfer fees. The report was unanimously adopted on the motion of Mr. Thomas Howarth, seconded by. Mr. Carter, and a cordial vote of thanks was accorded the directors for past service rendered.

The meeting then proceeded to elect nine directors. There were no fewer than 22 candidates, and the following gentlemen was subsequently successful: – Mr. Edwin Berry 4,027 votes, Mr. John Asbury 3,920, Mr. John McKenna 3,866, Mr. John James Ramsay 3,246, Mr. John Fare 2,352, Mr. William Robert Williams 2,037, Mr. William Coward Briggs 2,059, Mr. Arthur Parr 1,768, and Mr. Albert Worgan 1,451.

The Chairman said they had a pleasing little ceremony to perform. Last season a young man named Robert Cottier when attending a football match at Nottingham (the Everton and Aston Villa semifinal, I believe), rescued two children from drowning.

Thanks to certain representations which were made by a confrere of the writer (“Bee,” of the “Liverpool Echo”), the Royal Humane Society had bestowed upon Cottier a medal and an address.

Mr. Edwin Berry said he had much pleasure in presenting these to Cottier, and in congratulating him upon his bravery. Cottier, who was received with tumultuous applause, thanked the Chairman for his remarks, and also the “Echo” for having brought the matter before the Humane Society.
(Cricket and Football Field: June 24, 1905)

Edwin Berry
Edwin Berry
Tom Watson
Tom Watson

William Houlding


John McKenna
John McKenna

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