Saturday, May 4 – 1918
I am now in a position to give the completed returns for the Football League matches during the season, and it will be conceded that in view of the drain upon men, which has naturally affected both gates and teams, and the increase in the entertainment tax, which came into operation on October 1st, and was popularly supposed to be a fatal impost, the figures are a remarkable tribute to the vitality of the game.
During April, with the season waning and the subsidiary tournament little more than a filling up of time, many of the gates inevitably fell to nothing, one realising no more than £3 14s. 9d. and another in which a team like Everton were the visitors, £9 5s. 8d., bit on the whole the interest was fairly well maintained, and the appended table shows at a glance what the game has achieved during the third season of unpaid football –
In addition to these levies upon the gates, the 1 per cent. deducted for League running expenses has swallowed up £488, so that from the gross revenue of £69,539 no less than £18,000, or over a fourth, has been subtracted, leaving roughly £51,500 for the clubs.
I may add that the 20 per cent. pools for the subsidiary tournament work out at £35 for the Lancashire section and £41 10s. for the Midland, which is rather a setback for the Palatine clubs, who preferred not to make one common pool of it, each section taking its own.
(Lancashire Evening Post, 04-05-1918)