October 28, 1912
Like their neighbours across the Park, Liverpool are experiencing trouble with their players. First of all William Lacey was injured at Owlerton, which necessitated another outside left being introduced to the League team, while a week ago Tom Gracie, who had shown capital form at inside left, was damaged.
Consequently a new wing had to be constructed, and it was decided to play Tom Miller and Donald Mackinlay at Derby. The latter has had a strange career at Anfield. He figured in the League team two seasons ago at full back against Nottingham Forest, and subsequently was advanced to the intermediate line, where he has exhibited marked evidence of ability. His selection for outside left was therefore surprising.
The club have another player in the reserve team named Hugh Lester, who, although he shaped feebly against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, is capable of much better work. Robert Pursell was injured at Derby, which is most unfortunate, though Liverpool are better equipped for the full-back positions than that of extreme wing forwards, for their reserve outside right – James Speakman – is still nursing a damaged limb.
(The Athletic News: October 28, 1912)