August 31, 1918
There was a fear, after their not very encouraging experience of last season, that the Rovers would not consent to go through it a second time, but with an admirable loyalty to the League, and an indifference to mere results which is reproach to some clubs vastly better off, they have decided to continue.
One could have wished that under these circumstances the services of Bob Crompton and one of two of the other of the old player could have been available. But that is out of the question, and, truth to tell, the Rovers’ prospects are little different to what they were last season. With the exception of F. Duckworth and G. Chapman, who have promised to assist when possible, none of the pre-war players are available.
A number of the youths who doored the club colours last winter will again participate, and the new men include Topping (Wigan), a back, Levine and Crossthwaite, from the Accrington district, and Boardman and Jackson Blackburn youths, who will figure in the attack. Up to date the following names had been received by Mr. Middleton:
Backs, Birmingham, Fred Duckworth, Goodman, Topping;
Half-backs, W. Duckworth, James Boothman, Burke, Beattie (Liverpool), Wilson, Bobby Foster, George Chapman;
Forwards, Livesey, Bert Ralph, Morris, Kehoe, Hewitt, Lucas, Levine, Cornthwaite, Boardman, Jackson.
(Lancashire Evening Post: August 31, 1918)