January 18, 1919
Chelsea have appealed to the Management Committee of the Football League to consider the position in which the club is at present placed. They point out that according to the “Football League’s Handbook,” they appear as a Second Division Club, and contend that that means that the Management Committee concurs in the award of two points to Manchester United for a game the result of which was pre-arranged in Manchester United’s favour.
They also urge that the proposal of the Blackpool Club to extend the League – withdraw at Monday’s meeting at Manchester – would have provided the opportunity of restoring the club to its rightful position, and that now the Conference held at the Football Association Office last Tuesday has favoured an extension of the season, the opportunity of restoration is furnished. It is, therefore, suggested that, in justice, the Football League should declare that Chelsea were not, in accordance with their rules, a Second Division club, and that they should not suffer while another club gains through the dishonesty of some of its players.
(Derby Daily Telegraph: January 18, 1919)