Meeting of the Football Association (May 3, 1909)


May 3, 1909
A special meeting of the officers of the Football Association was held at the Grand Hotel, Manchester, yesterday. Mr. J.C. Clegg presided, and the following gentlemen were present: Vice-presidents C. Crump, C.J. Hughes, John James Bentley, W. Pickford, and A. Davies; D.B. Woolfall, hon. treasurer; and Frederick Wall, secretary. The meeting was private, but the following statement was issued regarding the Players’ Union:

“The officers of the Football Association, having considered the matters referred to them by the Council, expressed regret that the Players’ Union has taken no steps to carry on the work of the Union in conformity with the rules of the Football Association, as required by the resolution passed by the Council on the 8th March last, nor intimated their intention of doing so, but, on the contrary, have since sought to promote a strike of players and in other ways acted in defiance of the rules of the Football Association. It is resolved that such of the officers of the Players’ Union who do not, before the 17th of May, give an undertaking by letter addressed to the secretary of the Football Association that they will in future act in accordance with the rules of the Football Association, be suspended from taking any part in football or football management.

“The officers, being further of opinion that the players who are members of the Players’ Union have not been consulted on the policy of their union, suggest that a special general meeting of members should be called without delay for the purpose of registering their opinion on the policy of the committee. The officers are satisfied with the declaration signed by players that they will in future observe the rules and regulations of the Football Association, and accordingly direct that the registration of players be completed, but desire to point out that any further infringement may involve the cancelling of players’ registration. The Council recognised the Players’ Union on its formation and have no desire that it should cease to exist, but if continued it must be in accordance with the rules of the Football Association.

“It is therefore desirable to call the attention of players to the fact that unless the Players’ Union comply with the resolution passed by the Council on the 8th of March it will be necessary for the players to withdraw from membership of the Union if they desire to continue their connection with the Football Association.”
(Manchester Courier: May 4, 1909)

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