January 5, 1915
The result of the football census for recruiting purposes, now published by Lord Derby, at the Liverpool and Everton football matches on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, has proved very disappointing. The total attendance at the two matches was 47,299, and 16,450 cards were issued.
In order to allow for duplication Lord Derby reckoned that only 10,000 cards were issued. Of these, only 1,034 cards were returned, showing 206 willing to serve, 31 already enlisted, 335 medically unfit, 144 alleged prevented by employers, and small numbers for various different domestic reasons.
Lord Derby in expressing his keen disappointment, prefers to make no comment, but leaves the public to make its own deductions.
(Source: Western Daily Press: January 5, 1915)
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