September 28, 1908
One of the most prominent players in the Liverpool team against Manchester United was Tom Rogers, a full-back secured by the Anfielders a couple of seasons ago. He was born at Prescot, and when 13 years of age played for Prescot Athletic. Even in these early days he invariably figured in the full-back division.
After one season with the Athletic he joined Prescot Juniors, a team connected with the Anfield Junior League, and played a conspicuous part in securing the championship of that competition. At the close of the campaign Rogers transferred his services to Prescot Wire Works, a club which at that time was associated with the St. Helens League, and for two season he operated at full-back with a considerable measure of success.
Rogers’s next move was to Newton-le-Willows, where for four months he assisted the Lancashire Combination team. Half way through the season he was persuaded to join Rossendale United, members of the A Division of the same Combination, and there partnered Cook on the left wing for nearly two winters. At Rossendale he attracted the attention of Liverpool and arrangements were made by which he was transferred to Anfield near the end of the campaign of 1906-07.
His first appearance for the Anfielders was on September 7, 1907, when he played left full-back against the Reserves of Manchester United, and he kept his place in the second team until November 2. On that date Percy Saul was unable to turn out for the League team at Bristol, and Rogers partnered Alf West in that city, thus gaining his first experience of League football. On fifteen occasions last winter he turned out with the Liverpool premier eleven in League and Cup-ties fixtures, and injuries, first to West and then to Saul, enabled him to show his worth on either wing in the full-back line.
On September 1 at Anfield he opened the present year with a splendid display against Aston Villa, and so impressed his critics by his performance that it was unanimously agreed he was worthy of a permanent place in the eleven. His subsequent exhibitions have confirmed these opinions.
Rogers only reached his majority last November, so that there is ample reason for supposing he will be a potent factor in Liverpool’s defence for many years to come. He stands 5ft. 9in. and weighs 11st. 10lb. A dashing and fearless full-back, he kicks powerfully and yet judiciously, while in the Villa match he displayed a rare knack of interception at the right moment. He plays cricket for Prescot during the summon months, and is a useful change bowler.
(Source: Athletic News: September 28, 1908)