A royal welcome in Stockholm


May 11, 1914
Thomas Fairfoull, the Liverpool F.C. half back, has sent me another letter regarding the club’s Continental experience: –
I thought perhaps it might interest you to know the opinion the Swedish critics and public hold of our game played here last Sunday. I may say it was the finest exhibition of football I have seen. Our boys played the typical chessboard game credited to Aston Villa and it came off. The critics say it is the finest team that has been seen in Gothenburg for years. The social that followed was a great success. Not the least interesting features of the evening were contributions from Mr. Tom Watson (who was in very good voice) and our trainer (Bill Connell). The latter rather surprised the Liverpool players, who had not given him the credit of being a caruso.

Since writing the foregoing I have been informed that our reputation had travelled to Stockholm, and that we were assured a right royal reception, and I waited to see. When we reached Stockholm there would be a crowd of four or five thousand people. They gave us a fine, hearty welcome, and followed us to our hotel. They seem very enthusiastic regarding football and are very enthusiastic and earnest about our club.
(Liverpool Echo: May 16, 1914)

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