Liverpool F.C.: The annual meeting of 1910 (Cricket and Football Field)

June 6, 1910
Liverpool’s fine record
Liverpool’s annual meeting, held at the Law Association Rooms, Cook Street, was a harmonious affair, Mr. John McKenna presiding over a large attendance.

At the outset he referred to the same matter dealt with by the Everton chairman re the Players’ Union dispute. Liverpool began the season well, however, said McKenna, and the team in general had delighted their supporters throughout the year.

At present there was a healthy condition of things all round as between players and the club, and that had been reflected in the play, because they had ad some magnificent expositions of football on their ground. He offered the best thanks of the directors to the players who had succeeded so well. He was certain they were loyal to the club, as the club were loyal to them.

The Anfield Report.
In giving his report the Secretary, Mr. Tom Watson, said his directors were pleased to present one of the most successful record a season’s work that the club had ever experienced throughout its career.

The previous year had proved a disappointing one in several respects, but the directors were determined upon a thorough revival of the list of players under their control, and upon the acquisition of new men of undoubted ability to fill the vacancies.

An appeal for money to meet financial needs had also met with generous support at last year’s meeting, and 1909-10 was entered upon with feelings of confident hope concerning the future. Their anticipations had been fully realized, and the directors were enabled to recommend payment of the maximum dividend permitted by the rules of the FA.

Gate receipts had reached £12,246 16s. 3d., and advance of £760 7s. 5d. over the previous season. The total income showed an increase for the year of £953 3s. 3d. The expenditure side showed matter for similar congratulations. Economy had been practised, but not at the cost of efficiency.

Players’ wages had been reduced by £578 7s. 6d., and this. Together with a diminished amount as gate division to visitors, had resulted in a saving to the club of £1,527 4s. 7d. In all their expenditures had been reduced by £2,256 18s. 4d. compared with last year.

He though those figures showed that the Liverpool club had been conducted as economically as possible, whilst maintaining a first-class organization under present day conditions.

Goodly profits.
There was an excess of income over expenditure of £4,435, so that nearly 30 per cent of the receipts remained as profit, and, after paying £1,353 for charges on mortgages and other interests, there still remained a clear gain of over £3,082 on the year’s working.

Mr. Tom Watson then proceeded to speak of the football shown by their men last season. It really seemed, he said, as though Liverpool were fated to be concerned either with the championship or with the bottom of the table.

To-day, Liverpool stood second in the League, and to the players was due the greatest credit for their magnificent performance. They had no luck in the Cup-ties, but had had their recompense in the League.

The quality of football shown at Anfield Road during the season had been most creditable, and no one who witnessed the memorable match with Newcastle United would ever forget it. After appearing hopelessly beaten, the Liverpool players rose to the occasion in a superb manner and gained a glorious victory.

The Secretary then referred to the International honours gained by some of their players – Hardy, Parkinson, and Peake – and to the Inter-League honours gained by their captain – Arthur Goddard – and Harrop.

It promised well for Liverpool football to know that all those players would be with them again next season. They also owed much to the newcomers, Macdonald, Stewart, and McConnell, whilst the old favourites not specially mentioned had all rendered a noble part. As a mark of appreciation the directors had arranged a most successful Continental trip which had delighted everybody concerned.

Next season’s players.
Turning to the doings of the reserve team, the Secretary said he couldn’t speak so glowingly as in the verse of the League team. They had been voted back to a place in their division, but it ought never to occur that the Liverpool reserve team should finish among the last four in that competition.

Turning to the players secured for next season, Mr. Watson said the following had been engaged: –
Goalkeepers: Sam Hardy and Gus Beeby.
Backs: Tom Chorlton, Robert Crawford, Alf West, Ephraim Longworth, Tom Rogers, Billy Dunlop, and Donald Mackinlay.
Half-backs: Robert Robinson, Jim Harrop, John McConnell, Ernest Peake, Sam Hignett, and Barney Dillon.
Forwards: Arthur Goddard, James Stewart, Jack Parkinson, Ronald Orr, John Macdonald, Sam Gilligan, Sam Bowyer, James Speakman, and Harold Uren.

The Chairman moved the adoption of the balance-sheet, and in doing so explained that with regard to the £2,000 by which the expenses were reduced the actual reduction was less than by £850, which they were not called upon to pay in players’ benefits as was the case the previous year.

The report was unanimously adopted, and it was also resolved to pay a dividend of five per cent. Messrs. John Fare, John James Ramsay, and William Robert Williams were re-elected to the directorate, the unsuccessful candidate being Mr. James Conrad Cross.
(Source: Cricket and Football Field: June 11, 1910)

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