William Connells son in goal

October 31, 1916
Considering the “’fluence” attaching to the position, one wonder why there are not more cases reported of trainers’ sons following in father’s footsteps and becoming first players and then trainers. In the turf world it is the rule rather than the exception, and in football it is the exception.

However, during the last week or so we have had more than one case, and after Frith, the Wednesday trainer, had sent his son footballing we find William Connell, the Liverpool trainer, adding to the roll. His boy, sixteen years of age, is quite a good goalkeeper, and is modelled on the Elisha Scott lines.

Last Saturday’s match at Warrington v Liverpool Reserves were there – gave the Liverpool directors their chance to put young Connell in the team; and he shaped well, as did also Wadsworth, junior. By the way, in their experimental season, should have found young fellows and old ‘un like Goddard to help them to the top of the League chart. The Reds’ players are very keen on staying in their exalted position, too.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: October 31, 1916; via http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited

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