December 4, 1905
The match between Liverpool and Aston Villa, which attracted 25,000 people to Anfield, was quite a success, for Raybould took the gate as a benefit and Liverpool the points by three clear goals.
Sam Raybould was born at Seymour, near Staveley. At the tender age of fifteen he played for a local team – Seymour Exchange – for three seasons. He resisted the overtures of Chesterfield to sign, and joined Derby County, his first match with them being against Aston Villa, a debut which he signalised by scoring the only goal.
After a stay of two years, he left Derby County, and threw in his lot with Ilkeston, who were members of the Midland League. While at this place, Raybould turned his attention to sprinting, and joining the professional ranks participated in several Sheffield handicaps, his best performance being an easy win in one of the semi-final ties.
Still roving, Raybould returned to his native village, and was persuaded to play for Bolsover, but on the appointment of the late Mr. Bulmer to the secretaryship of New Brighton club he was signed by the Cheshire organisation. When at Ilkeston he invariably played centre-forward, but was now placed inside right.
Towards the close of the season 1899-00 he left New Brighton and commenced his connection with Liverpool. The latter were then in danger of the Second Division, but Raybould did so well for them at centre-forward that this degradation was averted.
Three years ago, he headed the list of scorers in the premier division, and was spoken of for International honours. Though he gave a creditable exhibition in the North and South trial game at Tottenham he was not awarded his cap.
Better luck was experienced in the League internationals, for he was twice selected against Scotland. When he returned to the team at Anfield after a trip to the South of England he seemed to have lost all his ability as a centre-forward.
Last season he was transferred permanently to inside left, and there he remains a fine partner for John Cox. He stands 5ft. 9½in., and weighs 12st.
There are few inside forwards superior to Raybould – a rover no longer.
(Athletic News: December 4, 1905)
Sam Raybould, Liverpool F.C. (Athletic News: March 31, 1902).