Sunday preach by Mr. Tom Watson

February 23, 1913
Mr. Tom Watson presided at a large gathering at St. Peter’s Wesleyan Church, High park-street, and gave a very able address upon the benefits of football.

In the course of his remarks he stated that when in the North of England he had on more than one occasion during the summer months been spoken to by the wives of working men who expressed regret that the football season was not on, as during the the football was being played their men got home from work as quickly as possible, paid in a good portion of their wages and then went to the match, whereas when the summer came they spent their time in the public-house, with the result that a heavy drain was made on their earnings.

He was also pleased to note that of recent years a good number of ladies and clergymen attended the matches with the result that the objectionable language and gambling, which at one time made many people look ashamed at the game, had to a great extent disappeared.

He appealed strongly to clergymen of all denominations to visit the grounds as their presence and that of the ladies would help in keeping down among spectators objectionable remarks. Mr. Louis T. Kelly ably rendered “The Nazarene,” which was much appreciated. Mr. T. Veitch, in a splendid address, pointed out that the brute force which at one time was so prominent in the game had now disappeared, and football was now being conducted on clean lines.

He pointed out that the evils of England would disappear if the nation would only combine to combat them, at that if Liverpool in their Cup tie on Saturday had only combined more their opponents would have gone home defeated. He also showed why every man must be a trier.

The Rev. J.Miller proposed a vote of thanks to Mr. Watson for presiding, to Mr. Kelly for the solo he so ably rendered, and to Mr. Veitch for his stirring address, which was received with acclamation.
(Liverpool Echo: February 25, 1913)

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