March 5, 1908
Peter Kyle, the centre forward of Woolwich Arsenal, has been signed by Aston Villa. During the past three or four weeks the Parkhead man has been one of the most sought after professionals in football. Immediately it was known that he was in disfavour with the Woolwich Arsenal club, for whom he was the third highest League goal scorer last season. There were surreptitious visits to Plumstead by enterprising club managers, and such inquiries made as would have done credit to a Scotland Yard detective.
Manchester City were in the hunt, and Bolton Wanderers only last week felt confident they “had got him.” But “Peter the Great” escaped them all, and has now gone to assist the club against whom he made his last appearance for the Arsenal.
A Remarkable Career.
Kyle is a man with a history. He has had a remarkable career from the time he first left Clyde and his native land to play for Liverpool. He was not a success at Anfield, and travelling further South, he tried his fortunes with Leicester Fosse. This place did not seem to have any great attraction for him, and he returned to Scotland and joined the Hearts, where, however, he did not give satisfaction, and despite the protestations of “Bobby” Walker, who seemed to appreciate his latest talents, he was allowed to go.
Arrangements were made for a trial with Aberdeen and Dundee, but the negotiations fell through, and Kyle went to play for Royal Albert, the club which gave to football Alex Raisbeck. It was whilst here that Kyle came under the notice of John Cameron, the manager of Tottenham Hotspur, and it was at the request of the latter that he again crossed the border to join the North London club, from whom he was transferred to Woolwich Arsenal prior to the commencement of last season.
(Evening Telegraph: March 5, 1908)