Saturday, January 6 – 1917
The returns for the first half of the season with regard to the financial side of the game show that there is still a big community in general for football, and very useful purposes for its existence, even in times when the manpower of the nation has been drained, with widespread effects upon both the crowds looking on and the men playing the game.
During the four months £37,672 5s. has been paid to watch the matches under the auspices of the League, and by this means £5,747 16s. 3d. has been raised for the national purse by the amusement tax, in addition to £1,467 6s. 10d. for charity by the 5 per cent. levy.
As was the case last year, the Management Committee of the League will not wait until the end of the season before allocating a part of the whole of this latter sum, but will determine next Friday how it shall be applied.
Liverpool, represented by its two clubs, Manchester City, Stoke, and Birmingham have had consistently fine gates, and the meeting between the Merseyside rivals at Anfield on December 2nd actually raised £816.
On the other hand some of the clubs are having a very lean time, and if we take the general level they are having a difficult time to live. The Blackburn Rovers, for instance, took only £120 at the North End match on Christmas Day – usually it is nine or ten times that sum – and for the two proceeding games they had to be content with a total of £38 11s. 4d.
Compared with this Preston North End were in clover with £204 for the return with the Rovers, and £356 in all for the four December matches.
This gives a higher man, in fact, than Burnley’s £289, and beside the returns of Bury, Oldham, Southport, Blackpool, Manchester United, and Rochdale, assumes the aspects of affluence.
But, viewed as a whole, the results shows that football has a distinct place in the nation’s life.
(Lancashire Evening Post, 06-01-1917)