August 30, 1916
Supporters of the Rochdale Association Club look forward with considerable interest to the advent of the football season. So many clever players who are working on munitions and otherwise ineligible for service in the Army have offered to assist the club that it is not expected that any difficulty will be experienced in securing a good team.
During the close season several of the usual members of the side have, however, joined the Army.
Mr. C. Wormwell will act as manager and hon. secretary, and Mr. Harry Pollitt of Manchester will assist in getting players for the club. W. Biggar, the popular goalkeeper, has been engaged as trainer.
The Rochdalians are to open the season at Stockport on Saturday afternoon, when they will meet the County side. For this match the Rochdale team has been chosen as follows: –
A. Causer; J. Barton and A. Caldwell; J. Tully, J. Rigg, and H. Tierney; A. Rawlings, A. Walker, F. Heap, F. Curtis, W. Halligan, and W. Kehoe.
Causer, Barton, Caldwell, Tully, Rawlings, Walker, and F. Heap, appeared with the local side last season.
Rigg is a local player who has been working at Birkenhead. Tierney was a member of the Goole club, while Curtis formerly played for Wolverhampton Wanderers. Halligan is the Irish international who has figured in both the Hull and Manchester United team. Kehoe hails from Accrington where he played for the Stanley team.
An attractive list of engagements has been prepared with such clubs as Bury, Stoke, Southport Central, Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, Everton, Blackpool, Bolton Wanderers, Burslem Port Vale, Oldham Athletic, Preston North End, Burnley, Manchester United, and Liverpool.
(Rochdale Observer: August 30, 1916)