Famous player sentenced for conspiracy

April 12, 1918
“It is very sad at this time, when the existence of the country is at stake, that any man should be playing football at all, and it is worse than people should be betting on it.”

With these words Mr. Justice Salter passed sentence yesterday of eight months’ imprisonment on George Anderson, the Manchester United footballer who was found guilty after a trial extending over three days, at Liverpool Assizes, of conspiring to defraud people of money wagered upon football matches.

The Judge also characterised as “disgusting and disgraceful” that a man should be found especially at a time like this, cheating others who had betted on football matches.

Anderson maintained his innocence to the end, and seemed very much distressed when the jury found him guilty.
(Source: Manchester Evening News: April 12, 1918)