Footballers on transfer


June 23, 1919
The retain and transfer lists of The Football League and Southern League have been compiled, and the figures are interesting. As to the retain list we have little information, and if the clubs can show cause for the retention of the players there can be no objection, but the transfer lists are always open to comment.

For the information of our readers we give the clubs with the number of players on the transfer list:

First Division
Arsenal 1
Aston Villa 17
Blackburn Rovers 4
Bolton Wanderers 15
Bradford City 11
Bradford 5
Burnley 0
Chelsea 3
Derby County 1
Everton 6
Liverpool 0
Manchester City 7
Manchester United 19
Middlesbrough 4
Newcastle United 10
Notts County 11
Oldham Athletic 7
Preston North End 7
Sheffield United 8
Sheffield Wednesday 4
Sunderland 8
West Bromwich Albion 16
164
Second Division
Barnsley 6
Birmingham 18
Blackpool 0
Bristol City 15
Bury 14
Clapton Orient 6
Coventry City 0
Fulham 4
Grimsby Town 15
Huddersfield Town 13
Hull City 8
Leeds City 10
Leicester Fosse 13
Lincoln City 13
Nottingham Forest 10
Rotherham County 0
Stockport County 6
South Shields 0
Stoke 0
Tottenham Hotspur 4
West Ham United 0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 18
173
Gainsborough Trinity 29
Glossop 10
212

Thus the 44 League clubs and the two retired clubs have 376 names on the transfer list, roughly an average of eight each.

This does not seem an unreasonable number, though it does seem that the clubs in the Birmingham area and Manchester United might still further reduce their lists.

The Southern League clubs have the following: –

Southern League (Club list)
Brighton 4
Brentford 10
Bristol Rovers 14
Barry 4
Cardiff City 5
Crystal Palace 12
Exeter City 13
Gillingham 18
Luton Town 9
Merthyr Town 20
Mid-Rhondda 53
Newport County 8
Northampton 16
Plymouth Argyle 17
Millwall 13
Norwich City 23
Pontypridd 10
Portsmouth 14
Queen’s Park Rangers 5
Reading 6
Southampton 18
Southend United 13
Swansea Town 10
Swindon 3
Watford 20
338
Southern League (League’s list)
Aberdare 29
Abertillery 38
Caerphilly 13
Coventry City 39
Croydon Common 79
Cwm Albion 9
Ebbw Vale 49
Beyton 44
Mardy 22
Stoke 35
Treharris 11
Walsall 76
West Ham United 8
452

Thus, the Southern League clubs have an average of 13 per club, whilst the Southern League holds the transfer rights of 451 players for 13 clubs. Let us repeat, the Southern League holds the transfer rights of 451 players. Surely such a state of things requires the immediate attention of the Southern League for their own reputation and credit.
(Source: Athletic News: June 23, 1919)

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