Phil Bratley and Wilfred Bartrop transferred to Liverpool


May 13, 1914
Liverpool F.C. have made a move in Yorkshire quarters this week and have signed on two of Barnsley’s busy B’s. Only yesterday a correspondent wrote me, and asked, “Why do not Everton sign Phil Bratley, of Barnsley? He is on the transfer-list at his own request.” Liverpool have replied by taking not only Bratley, but also Wilfred Bartrop, and the price they have paid is not panicky. Neither man has cost a thousand pounds, and I congratulate the club upon leaving Barnes of Derby County, and taking two strong players of the rush type. The men are “a pair.” Each is twenty five years old, 5ft. 10in. in height, and 12st. in weight. Bratley is a centre half with the build of Robert Clifford, the old Everton player, and he is something of a leader. He stepped into Boyle’s shoes when that man left for Burnley, and he has never missed a match since appearing in the senior side. Bartrop is an outside right with a burst of speed, and he and Bratley played so well against Liverpool in the first round of the Cup in January that Liverpool went after their signatures. For a long time Barnsley would not part, but now they have agreed to give way. Bartrop, like Harry Lowe, the present Liverpool captain, is a Worksop boy, and Bratley was born at Rawmarsh.
(Liverpool Echo: May 13, 1914)

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