March 27, 1908
The following is the team to represent Wales against Ireland at Aberdare on April 11th: –
Leigh Roose (Sunderland), goal; Horace Blew (Wrexham) and Charles Morris (Derby County), backs; Maurice Parry (Liverpool), Ernest Peake (Aberystwyth), and George Latham (Liverpool), half-backs; Billy Meredith (Manchester United), William “Lot” Jones (Manchester City), Bill “Tinker” Davies (Blackburn Rovers), Grenville Morris (Nottingham Forest), and Robert Evans (Aston Villa).
It is understood that Ernest will play for Blackburn Rovers against Sunderland on Saturday next.
There are only tree amateurs in the team, Blew, Roose, and E. Peake, the other eight being well-known professionals.
It is a honour to the Aberystwyth Club that one of the players has been selected for this important match. Ernest Peake is the youngest member of the Welsh team.
A few years ago when Wales could not boast of many good Soccer players, of a moderate player had influence at his back it was easy to get selected in the Welsh team, but now that Wales is recognised as a dangerous rival to the other countries – they were champions last year – it is very hard to get into the team unless the player selected has true merit and proved himself a superior player to the general run.
Consequently his selection in the national eleven, proves that E. Peake is a player of undoubted merit and all his numerous friends were delighted to hear of his success and hastened to congratulate him.
If he throws in his lot with one of the prominent English League teams, as is now probable, his football career will be keenly followed by his numerous friends at home.
(Welsh Gazette and West Wales Advertiser: March 27, 1908)
Ernest Peake, Liverpool (Joint Everton and Liverpool Match Programme: January 18, 1913):