Liverpool’s local discoveries


March 7, 1921
The half-back line of the English Leaguers is composed of three Lancashire born men, who have been developed in the west of that county. Seldom, if ever, have the wing half-backs been taken from the same team. Liverpool’s quest and cultivation of local talent, has, however, had due reward.

John Bamber, who was born at Peasley Cross, commenced as an outside right with his village club, gaining wider and richer experience with St. Helens Recreation. By Alexandra Vics he was converted into a right half-back and then had a turn with Heywood. But he is essentially a product of the Lancashire Section organised during war-time.

Tried by Liverpool on December 4, 1915, at Anfield against Bolton Wanderers it was soon evident that there was to be friendly rivalry between Bamber and Bandsman Norman Bradley for the right half-back post, vacated by Thomas Fairfoull and William Lacey. Bamber prevailed, and in 1917-18 it was clear that he could not be superseded.

Developing beyond expectations, largely because he was so valuable to his forwards, it will be recalled that he was suddenly called to fill a vacancy in the League eleven at Hampden Park a year ago.

Liverpool have a half-back line consisting entirely of local players. Tom Bromilow, the neatly-built youth who takes the left flank, is even more a local product than Bamber Curiously enough, this resourceful and natty player made his debut in the League eleven on the Turf Moor ground against Burnley on October 25, 1919. On the same arena he received his first honour and was rewarded with a further mark of esteem.

When the versatile Donald Mackinlay was moved from left half-back to full-back Bromilow took his place in the intermediate line on December 13, 1919, against Middlesbrough at Anfield, and has retained it.

Bromilow is highly intelligent, and in the trial game showed, as always, power of anticipation and a rare gift in the bestowal of the ball. In no situation did he ever seem at a loss as to what he should do. There is a bright future for Bromilow.
(Source: Athletic News: March 7, 1921)

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