September 29, 1906
A name famous in football is that borne by the player whose portrait we give for the first time in this issue. It came to the front when Bert Lipsham secured his position as outside left for Sheffield United. There he has remained for several years, and has represented his country in Internationals.
The family belong to the Ancient City of Chester, where the game of “Soccer” is assiduously practiced by the boys of all classes. There are several boys in the Lipsham family, and each has shown more than average ability, but the two most conspicuous are undoubtedly Bert and J.R., who is now with Liverpool.
They both have a fondness for the same position, outside left, and I hope in days to come to chronicle deeds by the younger equal to anything that has been done by the elder.
The Liverpool player was educated at St. John’s Higher Grade School, Chester. He commenced playing football for the school team, operating in the forward line.
From this school originated a team called Chester St. John’s who were elected members of the Chester and District League. This team made a name for itself as one of the smartest among the junior teams in Chester.
The youths played real smart football, and many of the players have passed into higher walks of the game. Lipsham remained with the club until it was taken over by the Chester Football Club, and run by that Combination team as a Reserve eleven.
He still continued with the club, but after a season in the Reserve, in 1904, he was promoted to the senior eleven, and once he found a place therein he kept it.
Chester had a good season in 1904, the club winning the Cheshire Senior Cup, and running well for the Combination Championship. Lipsham was a prominent factor in the club’s success, and it was speedily seen that he possessed every attribute that goes to make a class footballer.
The season of 1905-6 he made marked advancement, and was undoubtedly the best outside left in the Combination. He scored seventeen goal for Chester last year, a large number for any outside player to be accountable for.
As a result of his success he was selected to play for the Rest of Combination against Wrexham, who were the champions.
J.R. Lipsham is 5ft. 6 ½in. height, and weighs 10st. 5lb. He is well built, and when on the field looks every inch a footballer. He looks well on the field, and as he careers up the wing he reminds one of his more famous brother.
He can centre with ease and accuracy, and his goal record at Chester shows that he knows the right location of the goal posts. He is one of the men whom it is safe to prophesy will make his mark, and I hope that before the season of 1906-7 concludes he will have an opportunity of showing his ability in the League team.
Like the majority of players nowadays he is loth to talk of either his deeds or his ambitions, and one is pleased that it should be so.
J.R. Lipsham is one who will – bar accident – I believe, be a useful, perhaps a brilliant player, for Liverpool.
At all events, I wish him all possible luck with the First League club he has thrown in his lot with.
(Source: Joint Everton and Liverpool Match Programme: September 29, 1906)