March 28, 1914
Mr. Robert Edward Lythgoe, who has the proud distinction of being the oldest county secretary in Association football in the United Kingdom, and who played with the Welsh Druids Football Club during the years 1875 – 1877, is retiring from active business pursuits at the end of the present month after a service extending over 50 years with the Shropshire Union Railways and Canal Co., 37 years of which period has been passed as chief clerk at the Manchester dock offices of the company, Mann Island, Liverpool.
Mr. Lythgoe is a son of Mr. Peter Lythgoe, who was many years ago a leading Chester resident, and was closely associated with and interested in the company which had the contract for the running of the mail ‘buses from Chester to Manchester.
Mr. Robert Edward Lythgoe is a native of Chester, where he was born in 1849. He was educated at the Chester Diocesan School and College, and in March, 1864, he entered the service of the Shropshire Union Railways and Canal Co., as a telegraph clerk, in their general office at Chester, subsequently becoming invoice clerk at the same office. In 1869 he was transferred to Ellesmere Port on appointment as chief forwarding clerk, and in is new position he had charge of all traffic received from Liverpool, and distributed it over the whole of the canal system.
In 1875 Mr. Lythgoe was transferred as agent at Pontcysyllte, near Ruabon, with charge of the Chirk and Llangollen sub-agencies. Two years later he was given the appointment of chief clerk at Liverpool, a position he has held with considerable credit. Mr. Lythgoe has always taken a very keen interest in everything connected with sport, particularly with Association football. He was the founder of the Liverpool County Football Association in 1882, and was appointed first secretary to that organisation, and after 32 years’ services still retains that position.
(Source: Cheshire Observer: Marc 28, 1914)