August 29, 1910
Sheffield Wednesday are looking forward with hope and confidence to a much happier experience than was theirs last season – one of the most unsuccessful in the history of the old club, both from a playing and financial point of view.
Certain players have departed, certain differences have been healed, some capable new men have been engaged, and altogether a spirit of better comradeship prevails in the ranks. Seeing things going very badly the directors set to work in the latter part of last season to strengthen an re-organise the team, and with the recruits they then obtained they gained a considerable amount of success in the matches of Match and April.
The new men then obtained gave such satisfaction that it has not been necessary since the season ended to get many more. The chief of these were George Robertson (outside left), a Scottish international, James M. Murray (centre forward), an Irish international, both transferred from Motherwell last March, and Robert McSkimming (full back), who came from the Albion Rovers last February.
Still, many of last season’s reserves having been parted with, it had been necessary to obtain more new talent, so half-a-dozen youngsters of good reputation have been engaged. One of these is a full back – Herbert Tyler, a Sheffielder, who last season, played with Castleford. He is only 21 years of age, and of good physique, as the particulars given below will show. The other are forwards. Laurie Burkinshaw and Martin Bradley are a pair of right-wingers from Mexborough, the former playing in the outside position. Bradley is a brother of the Liverpool player of the same name, and played with Grimsby Town league team in the season 1909-9.
Burkinshaw is a member of a Kilnhurst family, and is only 20 years of age. Boh are looked upon as likely to make their mark. So also is Teddy Glennon, of Denaby United, who like Bradley, played with Grimsby Town before coming to South Yorkshire. He plays inside left, while as a recruit for the extreme left wing there is P.L. Wright, of Crich, who comes from Heanor United. Another new player for the forward line is M. Dowling, a Scot from Paisley St. Mirren, J. Scothern, of Parkgate, comes as a half-back.
Although the team for the first match with the ‘Spurs at Tottenham, has not yet been chosen, there is not likely to be much alteration from the side as constituted in the later matches of the last campaign. The players who were then with the club, and who have been re-engaged are: – H.G. Kinghorn, J.E. Davison, J. Spoors, R. McSkimming, W. Holbem, P. Warren, W. Lloyd, J.T. Brittleton, F. Weir, P. O’Connell, S. Kirkman, H. Chapman, J.M. Murray, A. Wilson, G. Robertson, F. Rollinson, F. Stringfellow, and J. Miller.
The players signed on are as follows: –
(Surname, birth place, position, height, weight):
(Athletic News: August 29, 1910)
Andy Wilson, Sheffield Wednesday.