Season preview 1919-20: Liverpool F.C. (Athletic News)

August 25, 1919
During the last four years the directors of the Liverpool Club have been specializing in the local product, and as a direct consequence of this policy they have now at their disposal the services of several young players of considerable promise. Seventeen of the thirty players engaged by the club were born in the County Palatine and only half a dozen hail from Scotland – a change indeed from the experience of Liverpool’s early years in football.

Of the pre-war players, Arthur Metcalf will figure in the Stockport team; Jimmy McDougall and James Scott, have returned to Scotland; Thomas Fairfoull, Jimmy Nicholl, and William Banks will not be seen at Anfield again, and the League team will be changed in three or four positions compared with the eleven which represented the club in April, 1915.

Elisha Scott and William Lacey have returned from Ireland, whilst Bob Pursell, Jack Sheldon, and Tom Miller are now at liberty to resume football. Harry Lowe, the one-time captain, has left the Nottingham mines, and Fred Pagnam has finished with the Army. Kenneth Campbell is also demobilised, and William Banks has also returned.

Quite a goodly array of capable recruits can be mentioned. Lucas, a full-back from Peasley Cross, proved a fine partner for Ephraim Longworth until an injury to his knee kept him out of football nearly all last season. A successful operation, however, has entirely removed the trouble, and he is quite fit again.

John Bamber; a right half-back from the same colliery village, is a capital player, whilst Harry Lewis, an inside left from Birkenhead, and John Miller – brother of Tom – will have serious claims for admission to the first team.

But perhaps the greatest discovery made by the club was the acquisition of Tommy Bennett – centre forward – who scored 51 goals in 41 matches in 1917-18. Unfortunately he was injured on the knee last winter, but without having had to undergo an operation he is now quite sound, and ready to play.

In addition to these ambitious men, who have all given evidence of recognised ability there are Billy Jenkinson, a left full back, who played for South Liverpool; Frank Checkland, who is a master at St. Francis Xavier’s College and a more than useful half-back; Harry Chambers and Dick Forshaw, inside forwards from the Belfast and Middlesbrough respectively; Billy Matthews, a big centre forward from Wales; Harold Wadsworth, brother of the centre half-back; and a Prescot youth named Arnold Dagnall; Albert Pearson, an outside left was secured last year from Port Vale.

In the practice match last Monday Pursell broke his arm and will not be able to play for several weeks.

Kenneth Campbell
5ft. 11in. and 11st. 10lb.

Elisha Scott
5ft. 9½in. and 10st. 3lb.

Ephraim Longworth
Right full-back;
5ft. 8½in. and 11st. 6lb.

Billy Jenkinson
Left full-back;
5ft. 9½in. and 11st. 6lb.

Robert Pursell
Left full-back;
5ft. 11½in. and 11st. 10lb.

Tommy Lucas
Left full-back;
Peasley Cross;
5ft. 6in. and 10st. 7lb.

Jim Penman
Right full-back;
5ft. 8½in. and 12st.

James Stansfield
Right full-back;
5ft. 10½in. and 11st. 6.

Sam Speakman
Right full-back;
Huton Quarry;
5ft. 8½in. and 11st. 4lb.

William Lacey
Right half-back;
5ft. 9½in. and 12st. 4lb.

Harry Lowe
Centre half-back;
5ft. 10in. and 12st. 7lb.

Donald Mackinlay
Left half-back;
5ft. 9in. and 11st. 9lb.

John Bamber
Right half-back;
Peasley Cross;
5ft. 9½in. and 11st. 9lb.

Walter Wadsworth
Centre half-back;
5ft. 11in. and 11st. 2lb.

Frank Checkland
Left half-back;
5ft. 7in. and 10st. 10lb.

Tom Bromilow
Left half-back;
5ft. 9in. and 11st. 7lb.

Alex Robertson
Centre half-back;
5ft. 11½in. and 12st. 3lb.

Jack Sheldon
Outside right;
Clay Cross;
5ft. 6in. and 10st. 3lb.

Harry Chambers
Inside right;
5ft. 9½in. and 13st. 2lb.

William Banks
Inside right;
5ft. 6½in. and 11st. 6lb.

Fred Pagnam
Centre forward;
5ft. 9in. and 12st. 6lb.

Dick Forshaw
Inside left;
5ft. 10in. and 11st. 10lb.

Harry Lewis
Inside left;
5ft. 6½in. and 11st. 6lb.

Tom Miller
Inside left;
5ft. 9in. and 11st. 10lb.

John Miller
Centre forward;
5ft. 9½in. and 10st. 11lb.

Billy Matthews
Centre forward;
Plas Bennim;
6ft. 1½in. and 12st. 8lb.

Tommy Bennett
Centre forward;
5ft. 7½in and 10st. 11lb.

Albert Pearson
Outside left;
5ft. 8½in. and 10st. 10lb.

Harold Wadsworth
Outside left;
5ft. 6in. and 10st. 2lb.
(Source: Athletic News:August 25, 1919)

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