Season preview 1920-21: Liverpool F.C. (Liverpool Echo)

August 13, 1920
Last season was a record financially for the Liverpool Club, and from a playing point of view was very successful, although they were denied any senior honours. They are very fortunate in being able to place practically the same eleven in the field that did duty for them in the closing stages of last season. All players reported back to headquarters fit and well, and are anxious to get going in the game proper. Liverpool will have a great season, for there is such harmony in the camp, the feeling between players and their directors being of the best. To be happy and contended must bring only one result, and that is success.

The Reds have made one or two “cheap” captures, and although they have lost the services of Kenneth Campbell, Scotland’s international goalkeeper, they are still able to place an international in Elisha Scott in goal. Robert Pursell, who was kept out of the side, first by accident and then by the brilliant back play of Donald Mackinlay, has gone. Whether John Bamber and Ephraim Longworth will feel any ill effects as a result of their African tour we shall have to wait and see. It is a big thing to ask a man to play right through the year and expect him to last out the coming season, wearing as well as the other boys who have had a month or two holiday. The local tourists will find playing condition much more to their liking than has been the case abroad.

The new men who have signed professional forms are Harry McNaughton, a goalkeeper from Edinburgh St. Bernard’s; William Cunningham, half-back from Blyth Spartans, who is very well spoken of; and William Wilson, a Cumbrian, who collected many goals in a Cumberland League. George Harold Beadles, the prolific goalgetter of the Newtown Club, is having a month’s trial. Of the amateurs, little need be said of Howard Baker, who did so well for them last season; John Scott, brother to Elisha and William Scott, comes from the right stock. McGowan, at back, and Hawnaur, a local product from Marine, at half back, are ready to fill a breach. Peter McKinney, who joined the club late last year, is a player said to have a brilliant future before him.

Trial games have been arranged for August 14 and 18.

Season tickets may be had at the ground from Monday onwards. Prices: Gent’s £1 15s, lady or boy’s £1. A stamped addressed envelope with cash, to the secretary, George Patterson, will bring you one.
(Source: Liverpool Echo. August 13, 1920)

** Note: The players McGowan and Hawnaur seems to have been on trial. Later in August, 1920 they appeared in trial games for Liverpool Marine.


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