100 yards footballers’ race


August 4, 1905
Great interest is being taken in the 100 yards footballers race to be run at Dens Park, Dundee, to-morrow afternoon. The entrants include leading English and Scottish sprinters. Between John Cox (Liverpool) and Mick Noon (Aston Villa) the antagonism is particularly keen. Both have for long been desirous of meeting each other, and the opportunity is offered to-morrow. Several of the competitors have already arrived. Indeed, Cox and Crook (Blackpool) have been residing in the city since Wednesday, and have been practicing at Dens Park. In all 12 players are to compete: – Michael Noon (Aston Villa), Jack Cox (Liverpool), Jack Parkinson (Liverpool), Crook (Blackpool), William Dow (Bury), Richard Bond (Preston North End), Sam McClure (Blackburn Rovers), Charles Kirby (Fulham), John Scullion (Broxburn Shamrock), Andrew Potter (Dundee), Fred McDiarmid (Dundee), and Edward McIntyre (Newcastle United).

There are to be 4 heats. The winner in each will contest the final, which is to be decided at half-time of the junior match Stobswell v. Arnot. Noon and McClure, of Blackburn Rovers, Parkinson, of Liverpool, and Bond, of Preston North End, arrive to-night, the other competitors reaching Dundee early on Saturday. The Dundee Directors intend making the event an annual one, and putting up prizes amounting to £50.

We reproduce portraits of two famous England sprinters who are to take part in the race. Cox, through his association with the Liverpool club and international teams, is better known that Crook, but in Lancashire the latter as the reputation of being one of the fastest footballers in the country. Both have been training at Dens Park, and have given proof of being in splendid form. Indeed, so well is Cox running that he has the utmost confidence in his ability to beat his great rival, the Anglo-Irishman, M. Noon, of Aston Villa.

Our portraits are from photos specially taken for the “Telegraph and Post” by Mr. Joe Newton, photographer, 51 Princes Street, Dundee.
(Source: Evening Telegraph: August 4, 1905; via http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited

Jack Cox (left) and Crook. Picture from the article.
Cox and Crook 1905

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