Season preview 1905/06: Brighton and Hove Albion F.C. (Athletic News)

August 14, 1905
The Albion’s team for the ensuing season is largely of the experimental order. In spite of the improved position the Club gained in the Southern League table last season compared with the previous season, the directors decided to make practically a clean sweep of nearly all the old hands, and sign on practically a new team.

Mark Mellors, who showed such fine form in goal; Arthur Hulme, one of the reserve backs; and T. White, of the forward line, signed for this season, and the manager, Mr. F.S. Walford, was given an entirely free hand in the choice of other players.

The men are steadily training under Joseph Clayton, who was formerly at Portsmouth, and has for several cricket seasons past looked after the Sussex County eleven.

Particulars as to the players who will wear the Albion’s colours during the season are appended: –

Goalkeepers. – Mark Mellors, of last season’s team: reserve, Robert Hugh Beale, late of Maidstone United, aged 21, weight 11 stone, height 5ft. 10½in. H. Flowers, of Oxford University, who stands 6ft. 3in., has promised his assistance, and another amateur in H. Farr (5ft. 11½in., weight 12st. 3lb.) has signed Southern and South Eastern forms.

Backs. – Charles Mochan, Scottish Junior international (from Grimsby), aged 23, height 5ft. 9½in., weight 11st. 10lb.; W.E. Clare (Notts County), age 20, height 5ft. 7in., weight 12st. 6lb.; and T. Turner (Blantyre) Scottish Junior international, age 22, height 5ft. 9½in., weight 12st. 6lb. Reserve, Arthur Hulme, of last season’s team.

Half-backs. – Robert Innes (Nottingham Forest), age 25½ years, height 5ft. 9½in., weight 11st.; Frank Buckley (Aston Villa), age 23, height 6ft., weight 12st. 9lb.; Henry Kent (Newark), age 24, height 5ft. 11½in., weight 12st.; James Kennedy (Celtic), age 21, height 6ft., weight 12st. 4lb.; C.S. Buckley (Manchester City), age 18, height 5ft. 9in., weight 10st. 10lb.

Forwards. – Thomas White, of last season’s team; Richard Joynes (Newark and Notts County), age 24, weight 12st., height 5ft. 9in.; P. Hall (Manchester United), age 21, height 5ft. 8½in., weight 10st. 8lb.; Albert Fisher (Bristol City), age 22, height 5ft. 8½in., weight 11st. 6lb.; Thomas Allsopp (Leicester Fosse); William Yates (Aston Villa), age 22, height 5ft. 8½in., weight 11st. 4lb.; Walter Anthony (Nottingham Forest), age 22, height 5ft. 8in., weight 11st. 6lb.; Joseph Grimley (Sheffield United), age 22, height 5ft. 10½in., weight 12st.; William Kennedy (Bradford City).
(Athletic News: August 1, 1905)


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