March 10, 1913
The origin of the club.
In the spring of 1892 there was a split in the ranks of the famous Everton Club. It is not now very material how it happened, as it is so long ago, and all the original opponents, who survive, are very good friends. It had the effect, however, of giving that city a new club that very quickly rose to champion rank, and instead of weakening the old organisation, both have done extremely well.
In joining many others in congratulating the Liverpool on its coming of age there is no need to lay any emphasis on the fact that the first teams the club put in the field were entirely Scottish.
It must not be forgotten that there is really not room in Scotland for all the great players that come to the front in such quantities. At any rate, the Scots in the new club won the Second Division of the League in its second season without losing a match. The points scored, 50 out of a possible 56, are close on the record.
In those days a club that won the Second Division with so superb scored had, nevertheless, to play a test match – sometimes two. Liverpool romped home against Newton Heath – the club from which Manchester United sprang – and so won a place among the elect.
Mr. Tom Watson, the rubicund and rotund secretary, who ran the “team of all the talents” (Sunderland) before he went to Liverpool, says that his club has got used to ups and downs. It has been in and out of the First Division, more than once, and incidentally won the shield, but “nil desperandum” has always been its motto.
The chairman of the club is one of the best known men in the game, Mr. John McKenna, and succeeded a Scotsman, Mr. William McGregor, as a vice-president of the Football Association. A few years ago few would have credited his rapid promotion, but when Mr. John James Bentley resigned the presidency of the League Mr. McKenna was persuaded to allow his name to be put in, and he won easily.
Mr. McKenna is one of the most level-headed men in the game. He is of the solid an safe type, who will see the ground in front of him before he takes a step.
The frantic urgings of the crowd no more affect him than flies trouble and elephant, and though he is, within a seemingly tough exterior, a man of great sympathy and breadth of view, and maybe feels at times the injustice of many of the severe things that are written against professional football, he keeps the even tenor of his way quite undisturbed.
(Evening Telegraph: March 10, 1913)
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