The FA turns down plea for payment to players

October 10, 1916
On Saturday I was able to inform readers that Mr. Frederick Wall, secretary of the Football Association had replied to Everton, and Liverpool’s appeal for consideration of their plea for payment. Now another exclusive. I am able to give the letter of the secretary. It is important because it appeals that Mr. Wall has on his own account decided not to put the appeal before the council! The players claim that if they are not to be paid for their services –say, £1 a match or £1 a week –that this must be considered a charity season, and that all profits must go to charity. They point out that they alone are making a sacrifice –trainers, secretaries, referees, and linesman receiving payments for their part in the carrying-on of the game.
Mr. Wall’s quaint letter runs thus –

42, Russell-square, London
Payment to Players.

I am in receipt of your letter of the 19th inst. I may remind you that at the conference held so recently as May last with representatives of the Football League and Southern Football League it was considered that until there was some material change in the position of war the regulations and restrictions then in force be continued. Your letter is the only suggestions I have received that there be a departure, but I have been made acquainted with what appears to me to be a consensus of opinion that there is not that material change which would warrant reconsideration. In these circumstances I feel that I should not be justified in bringing your letter before the Council. F.J. Wall.
(Liverpool Echo: October 10, 1916)

Frederick Wall, secretary the Football Association (Lloyd’s Weekly News: September 29, 1895)