May 5, 1915
I deeply regret to learn that Mr. Tom Watson has been suddenly taken ill, and his condition is somewhat serious. No football “head” is so popular as Mr. Tom Watson. “Owd Tom” is the call everywhere he goes, and the news of his illness will surprise and shock his numberous friends.
Last week he was at a match and it is feared he caught a chill. At any rate, pleurisy led to this temperature jumping up. Later an improvement was seen, but last night’s report of Doctor-director James Ferguson was not as encouraging as we should have liked. However, we trust that Mr. Watson will speedily pick up and be out and about again at his favourite summer game – bowls.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: May 5, 1915)