Season preview 1907-08: Liverpool F.C. (Athletic News)

August 26, 1907
The fact that the Anfielders did not enjoy an entirely successful season last winter is a detail which will be considered an auspicious augury for the coming year. From the depths to the extreme heights, and vice versa, has been characteristic of them in the past; hence the campaign nearly upon us should, viewed in this light, prove eminently entertaining.

A notable absentee on the playing field will be Sam Raybould, who has migrated to Sunderland, a change which I hope, will be beneficial to this robust footballer. The injury to Alf West, sustained last September, completely upset the full back division, and even an international custodian of Sam Hardy’s calibre cannot perform miracles. It is therefore gratifying to learn that West has benefited by his long rest from football, and he finished at the conclusion of the practice match on the 16th, fresh and sound.

Practically only three new players have been secured by the management. These are Harry Fitzpatrick, 5ft. 8in., 11st. 12lb., from Luton; Charles Hewitt, 5ft. 6in., 11st. 4lb., from Tottenham, and Allan Ramsay, 5ft. 7in., 10st. 6lb., who last year assisted Oldham Athletic. All three are forwards, and Hewitt created a very favourable impression a week ago in his trial.

Towards the close of last season, Tom Rogers, 5ft. 9in., 11st. 11lb., a young full back of promise, was obtained from Rossendale, and he did not shape badly with the Leaguers on his debut. He has come on since then, and is a promising recruit.

Edward Husbands, a likely goalkeeper from Wrexham Victoria, who stands 5ft. 8in. and weighs 11st. 11lb, and Sam Bowyer, 5ft. 7in., 10st. 5lb., a smart inside forward formerly with Earlestown, were afforded places in the reserve team during April.

Other useful captures were Mike Griffin, of Darlington, 5ft. 8¾in., 11st 7lb., and a well-built amateur from New Brighton, Harry Wightman, whose 5ft. 11in. and 12st. 10lb. should enable him to become a sturdy full-back.

With one exception the originally chosen Board of Directors will carry on the management of the club, but Mr. Arthur Parr intends to retire from office. Much hard work has fallen to the lot of the officials since the reconstruction twelve months ago, and there yet remains abundant scope for energy and business acumen.

The complete list of players at Anfield is: –
Sam Hardy, height 5ft. 9½in., weight 12st.;
Ned Doig, 5ft. 9in., 12st. 4lb.;
Edward Husbands, 5ft. 8in., 11st. 11lb.

Full backs:
Alf West, 5ft. 7in., 11st. 9lb.;
Percy Saul, 5ft. 11in., 12st. 12lb.;
Billy Dunlop, 5ft. 9in., 12st.;
Harry Griffiths, 5ft. 10½in., 12st. 7lb.;
Tom Rogers, 5ft. 9in., 11st. 11lb.;
Harry Wightman, 5ft. 11in., 12st. 10lb.

Maurice Parry, 5ft. 11in., 13st.;
Alex Raisbeck, 5ft. 1oin., 13st.;
James Bradley, 5ft. 9½in., 11st. 10lb.;
Sam Hignett, 5ft. 6in., 10st. 4lb.;
George Latham, 5ft. 8in., 12st. 6lb.;
James Hughes, 5ft. 9in., 12st. 4lb.;
Charlie Wilson, 5ft. 10in., 13st. 7lb.;
James Gorman, 5ft. 8½in., 11st. 9lb.;
Tom Chorlton, 5ft. 8in., 11st. 9lb.

Arthur Goddard, 5ft. 9½in., 11st. 8lb.;
Robert Robinson, 5ft. 9in., 12st. 5lb.;
Jack Parkinson, 5ft. 9in., 12st.;
Joe Hewitt, 5ft. 9in., 11st. 8lb.;
William Macpherson, 5ft. 8½in., 11st. 6lb.;
Charles Hewitt, 5ft. 6in., 11st. 4lb.;
John Cox, 5ft. 9½in., 12st. 6lb.;
Robert Blanthorne, 6ft. 1in., 13st.;
Harry Fitzpatrick, 5ft. 8in., 11st 12lb.;
Allan Ramsay, 5ft. 7in., 10st. 6lb.;
Mike Griffin, 5ft. 8¾in., 11st. 7lb.;
Sam Bowyer, 5ft. 7in., 10st. 5lb.
(Source: Athletic News: August 26, 1907)

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