March 27, 1917
A lot of Derby Days are due in Liverpool in the next six weeks, and on Saturday there is a special match at Dingle Park, and special arrangements have accordingly been made by the clubs.
South Liverpool announce that they have received permission of Liverpool F.C. officials to play Tom Bennett, the scoring centre-forward, against Tranmere. This is bully for South, who are keen on getting home the first victory of the season against their dearest rivals. South are certain to command a record attendance if the weather is fine, as Bennett “carries” a following, and his success in senior circles has made his name famous down South.
It is not generally known that if it had not been for Mr. Sawyer’s customary interest in his club and players that Bennett would have been off to Canada, and South and Liverpool F.C. would have missed his valued services.
He had actually booked his passage to Canada when Mr. Sawyer stepped in and arranged for him to join up with South Liverpool. The player has never forgotten Mr. Sawyer’s kindness or the club’s concern for him.
(Liverpool Echo: March 27, 1917)