Thursday, January 22 – 1914
This afternoon Liverpool Football Club obtained the signature of Jimmy Nicholl, the well-known outside left of Middlesbrough. His inclusion in the Liverpool team, it is hoped, will strengthen what has come to be known as the weak line in the Liverpool forward line. He will make his first appearance for his new team against West Bromwich on Saturday.
Nicholl (writes “Bee”) has been with Middlesbrough three seasons, and has made himself very popular with the rough spectators, for he is plucky, fears nought, can shoot hard and accurate, and his command over the ball is good. He was with Airdrieonians before being signed by Middlesbrough, and while Edmund Eyre was hurt he filled the vacancy at outside left; in fact, so well did he hold the post that Eyre could not get his position back. Thus for the first few months this season Nicholl was of the Brough first team. A friend of mine at Middlesbrough tells me that he will do Liverpool good service and will be a better man for his new club than his old club, because the Liverpool team will be more suitable to him and his style of play. He stands 5ft. 8 ½ in. and weighs 11st. 7lb.
Mr. Tom Watson was at the international trial match yesterday and went on to Middlesbrough to-day to book his man. Liverpool have been badly served on the left wing this season, and as the club funds have been greatly swelled by the receipts from two matches with Barnsley and the £1,300 from the local “Derby” match last week the club did wisely in scouting round and spending money for the purpose of strengthening their side. With another forward Liverpool would make their team practically complete. By the way the receipts last Saturday at Anfield were not a record, as in the corresponding match last season £1,400 was taken.
(Liverpool Echo, 22-01-1914)