Meeting of the Football League

Monday, September 23 – 1912
Aston Villa fined 25 guineas.
A meeting of the Management Committee was held at the League Offices, Preston, on Monday, Mr. John McKenna in the chair, and a vote of condolence was passed to the widow and family of the late Mr. Tom Houghton.

It was decided to play the Inter-League match against Ireland on Wednesday, October 23rd.

The commission appointed to inquire into the Chris Buckley and Aston Villa case made their report. Buckley asked for further sum of £250 to his benefit of £450. This was deemed illegal, and Buckley was suspended until April 30th, 1914, fined £24 illegally paid, and Aston Villa fined £25 guineas for paying it.

Mr. A.S. Owen attended on behalf of the Players’ Union, and it was decided to grant permission for a match between the English and Scottish Union players at Ibrox Park, Glasgow, next month.

As to the insurance Act, the committee were strongly of opinion that clubs must not pat the players’ weekly contributions.

The team to oppose the Southern League at Old Trafford next Monday was selected as follows: –
Tim Williamson (Middlesbrough), Ephraim Longworth (Liverpool), Eli Fletcher (Manchester City), Hugh Moffat (Oldham Athletic), Charlie Roberts (Manchester United, captain), Bobby McNeal (West Bromwich Albion), Enoch West (Manchester United), Frank Bradshaw (Everton), and George Wall (Manchester United). Reserve: Jimmy Fay (Bolton). Linesman: Mr. C.E. Sutcliffe.

A number of players’ transfers were dealt with, and in most cases were reduced, and the attention of clubs and referees is to be drawn to the fact that goalkeeper must appear in the authorised colours of jerseys. Clubs can also to be advised that unless there are exceptional circumstances the kick-off must take place at the time advertised.

Leeds City were fined five guineas for playing Andy Gibson without the transfer being completed, as were Bradford, in the case of Joe Little, and Glossop were ordered to pay £35 compensation for alteration of date to Fulham.
(Derby Daily Telegraph, 24-09-1912)

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