Editor’s notebook: The new players

Saturday, April 11 – 1908
Two new men have been engaged by the Liverpool Directors recently, and in Ronald Orr they have secured an inside forward who should for a couple of seasons at least strengthen what has throughout the present campaign been the weak part of their team. We refer of course to the inside forward positions, and Orr should enable us to form some idea of what John Cox is really capable of accomplishing at outside left. The Tyne-sider has been with Newcastle for six seasons, and is well built, despite his lack of stature. He stands 5ft. 5in. high, and weighs 11st. 5lbs.

He gained his international cap against England in 1902 and 1904, and for some years was one of Newcastle’s most prolific scorers. We hear the best accounts of the capability of this player, and though 28 years of age, he should be a useful servant for the Anfielders, for he has looked after himself throughout the whole of his career. Men like Orr can continue in League football a long time, and he will prove the much needed want in the Liverpool ranks.

Another youth who has come to Anfield recently is Fred Smith, a centre forward who hails from the same locality as Orr. He played against Rossendale last Saturday in the Combination match, and acquitted himself creditably. With the men at their disposal Liverpool should be able to place a powerful eleven in the field next season, but they should certainly secure the services of another capable goalkeeper as understudy to Sam Hardy.

We learn that the Final Tie for the Liverpool Senior Cup will be decided at Goodison on April 23rd, the Thursday in Easter week, and it is probable that the League fixture with Bury will be played on following Monday at Anfield.
(Joint Everton and Liverpool Match Programme, 11-04-1908)


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