Lines on Gillingham


January 21, 1914
Many correspondents have written to me within the past few days, and their letters chiefly concern the Liverpool forward line. Some of the letters are given below. From Chatham comes a very interesting epistle relating to the team Liverpool next oppose in the Cup competition, and the writer’s remarks on some of the Gillingham players are certainly humorous.

From the Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham. “Straw” writes: – This is the first letter I have written to a paper, but as I have read the “Echo” for years, and always read “Bee’s” notes, I must say how much I miss them now. The reason I have written to you is to give you a brief and breezy idea of the Gillingham team. I have watched them play a few matches lately, including the match with Blackpool. They are a very moderate lot.

Albert V. Bailey (goalkeeper). – He is a funny sort of keeper, you know, gets flustered when there is a rush on his goal.
Andrew Mosley (right full back). – Not very big, but pretty steady; is beaten by a swift man.
Thomas Leslie (left back). – Is a good man, well built and sure kicker. Took the penalty that defeated Blackpool.
John Mahon (right half back). – Not very big, but plays with his head. He is the brainiest man in the team. They say he has been five seasons with Gillingham.
Abel Lee (centre half back). – Known down here as “Old Lee.” He is very tall and heavy, something like Harry Lowe, of the Reds, in build. He is the man who upset the little Blackpool forwards by sheer weight and height for heading. He is really captain of the team. He gives all the orders. He delights in throwing himself at the ball from a corner, and I must say he scores by this means.
Arthur J. Johnson (left half back). – A quiet player, whom you do not notice doing much. Not much class.
Ernest Pinkney (outside right). – Once in Everton’s team. He played a splendid game against Blackpool. Is the best man in the team. Watch the way he traps a ball; it is really good. He is very fast and dangerous when he gets near goal. He is one of those chaps who do not stop until the ball is out of play, and often gets a surprise centre in from the corner flag.
Sam Gilligan (inside right). – Well known how he tries surprise shots. Always falling over but he opens out the game and drops back to help the defence.
Peter Glen (centre forward). Fairly quick, but not much class.
Charles Hafekost (inside left). – Very like John Tosswill, late of Reds, in both looks and play. He is only moderate.
John Henry Tatton (outside left). Can’t centre with his left foot; absolutely no idea. The only thing in his favour is that he is very fast; but he will be lost against a man like Ephraim Longworth.

None of the forwards have any idea where the goal is.
Liverpool should win about 5-0. By-the-way, Gillingham have a band every home match.
I must finish now, as I want to read Saturday’s “Football Echo,” which has been sent down to me, before I climb into my hammock.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: January 21. 1914)

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