Season preview 1913/14 – Preston North End (The Athletic News)


Monday, August 25 – 1913
Preston North End made a pretty summary business of the task of regaining the position they lost in the April of 1912, and the great question is as to whether it can be safely held in days when the financial challenge of the big centres is felt to a much greater degree than it used to be.

From its geographical position and resources Preston is always bound to be under something of a handicap compared with more populous towns and cities, and it is this which imposes something of the caution.

The chief recruit is Osborn, of Leicester Fosse, a forward who can take any of the inside positions, and who is certain of a regular place, suggestively inside left. Gilboy, too, who has also seen service with Tottenham Hotspur, has joined from Huddersfield Town, though with somewhat less obvious claim to a permanency at present.

But whether these will be sufficient cure for the patent weakness in attack that often handicapped the defence last season is doubtful, for it is almost too much to expect a great deal more first-class service from Common and Green, although the former is appreciably lighter than he was when he entered upon his summer vacation.

There is also a young centre from West Stanley, in the North Eastern League, in the person of A. Thompson, but he is yet rather in the rough. Everything will depend upon how the old forwards shape, and especially Halliwell, the centre, who, after a brilliant debut, fell away towards the close of the last campaign.

The defence, too, will want buttressing, for Rodway cannot go on for ever, and there is only Broadhurst, an improving youth, to fall back upon at present if McFadyen or his old colleague drops out; while there is no experienced understudy to Taylor in goal.

At half back, however, the team looks like being well equipped, for in addition to the three who, after Wareing’s departure, rendered the club such splendid service in the Second Division, there is at least an extremely likely youth in Henderson, who has been found in the same locality as Thompson, Dawson, Luke, and Marshall.

McCall has quite recovered from the ankle injury that troubled him against Scotland, and he has just taken to himself a wife. Ford, a youth from Glasgow, whom Leeds City wanted to give a trial to, should make a capital right-winger when Morley is not available. But, generally speaking, the club’s new material is rather speculative.

The departures are limited to Bill Kirby, who returned South; Percy Toone, who has joined Barrow; George Baker, who has gone home to Chesterfield; and Bob Thompson, a player who ought to have made a first-class man with greater application.

Herbert Taylor.
Birthplace: Burbage.
Position: Goalkeeper.
Height: 5ft. 10in.
Weight: 11st. 7lb.

Simeon Vickers.
Birthplace: Bamber Bridge.
Position: Goalkeeper.
Height: 5ft. 11in.
Weight: 10st. 4lb.

Charlie McFadyen.
Birthplace: Inellan.
Position: Right full-back.
Height: 5ft. 9in.
Weight: 11st. 8lb.

Tommy Rodway.
Birthplace: Cannoch Chase.
Position: Left full-back.
Height: 5ft. 8in.
Weight: 13st. 2lb.

Fred Broadhurst.
Birthplace: Wigan.
Position: Right or left full-back.
Height: 5ft. 8in.
Weight: 11st. 3lb.

Eddie Holdsworth.
Birthplace: Halifax.
Position: Right half-back.
Height: 5ft. 9in.
Weight: 11st. 9lb.

Joe McCall.
Birthplace: Kirkham.
Position: Centre half-back.
Height: 5ft. 8½in.
Weight: 11st. 10lb.

George Dawson.
Birthplace: Bedlington.
Position: Left half-back.
Height: 5ft. 7in.
Weight: 10st. 7lb.

James Johnston.
Birthplace: Forfar.
Position: Right half-back.
Height: 5ft. 7in.
Weight: 11st. 7lb.

R. Joy.
Birthplace: Manchester.
Position: Centre half-back.
Height: 5ft. 9½in.
Weight: 12st.

William Henderson.
Birthplace: Houghton-le-Springs.
Position: Left half-back.
Height: 5ft. 6in.
Weight: 10st. 6lb.

John Morley.
Birthplace: Sunderland.
Position: Outside right.
Height: 5ft. 9in.
Weight: 11st.

Benny Green.
Birthplace: Barnsley.
Position: Inside right.
Height: 5ft. 6in.
Weight: 11st. 7lb.

Joe Halliwell.
Birthplace: Lostock Hall.
Position: Centre forward.
Height: 5ft. 8in.
Weight: 11st.

Fred Osborn.
Birthplace: Leicester.
Position: Inside left.
Height: 5ft. 7½in.
Weight: 12st.

Alf Common.
Birthplace: Sunderland.
Position: Inside left.
Height: 5ft. 8½in.
Weight: 12st. 7lb.

George Barlow.
Birthplace: Wigan.
Position: Outside left.
Height: 5ft. 6in.
Weight: 10st. 7lb.

Billy Luke.
Birthplace: Asklington.
Position: Outside right.
Height: 5ft. 6in.
Weight: 10st.

John Marshall.
Birthplace: Stenhousemuir.
Position: Inside right.
Height: 5ft. 6in.
Weight: 11st.

John Ford.
Birthplace: Wishaw.
Position: Outside right.
Height: 5ft. 8in.
Weight: 10st.

John Bond.
Birthplace: Preston.
Position: Outside right.
Height: 5ft. 7½in.
Weight: 11st.

James Kennedy.
Birthplace: Hamilton.
Position: Inside right.
Height: 5ft. 6½in.
Weight: 10st.

Bertram Gilboy.
Birthplace: Islington.
Position: Inside right.
Height: 5ft. 9in.
Weight: 11st. 7lb.

A. Thompson.
Birthplace: Newcastle.
Position: Centre forward.
Height: 5ft. 8in.
Weight: 12st. 5lb.

Charlie Pinch.
Birthplace: Cardiff.
Position: Inside left.
Height: 5ft. 10in.
Weight: 11st. 5lb.

Thomas Saul.
Birthplace: Preston.
Position: Inside left.
Height: 5ft. 7in.
Weight: 10st. 10lb.

William Swarbrick.
Birthplace: Blackpool.
Position: Outside left.
Height: 5ft. 6in.
Weight: 10st.
(The Athletic News, 25-08-1913)

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