Bribe attempt on football captain


December 24, 1913
There was another phase of the football sensation at Birmingham. Recently Pascoe Bioletti was committed to the Stafford Assizes for attempting to bribe Jesse Pennington, the West Bromwich Albion captain, to lose the match with Everton, bail being fixed at himself in £2,000, with two sureties of £500.

The bail was found, and Bioletti released on Wednesday night, but he was immediately rearrested on a further charge of attempting to bribe Frank Womack, the Birmingham captain, on November 28 by offering him £55 to draw or lose the match with Grimsby.

Bioletti was taken to Birmingham and brought before the Magistrates. Only formal evidence was tendered, and the hearing of the case was adjourned to Tuesday next. Bioletti was remanded, and released on his own recognisance of £500.
(Evening Telegraph: December 26, 1913)

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