August 21, 1922
In each of the three seasons that has passed since football was resumed in earnest, Blackburn Rovers have had to struggle more or less to keep in the First Division, and their supporters naturally think it is high time there was a change for the better.
Having decided to change their policy and cultivate local talent, under the guidance of the new manager, Mr. Jack Carr, the directors have only made two notable additions to the playing strength, these being R. Bond, the outside right, of Preston North End and Bradford City fame, and Edwin Davis, the Huddersfield Town goalkeeper, who will fill the vacancy caused by the departure of Alfred Robinson.
The only other newcomers, apart from juniors who will supply the newly-formed third team, are J. Robson, an outside-left from High Fell, Durham, and R. Foster, a left half-back, also from Durham. For the rest the old brigade will have to suffice, and it will be seen from the list of players given below that Rollo has been retained, although he was placed on te transfer list last season.
Many people have doubts about the strength of the defensive reserves, but in T. Williamson, of Kirkintilloch Rob Roy, who was signed last season, the club possesses a really promising centre half-back.
Of last season’s players not retained Bill McCall has gone to Wolverhampton Wanderers, Bert Ralphs to Stoke, Donnelly to Accrington Stanley, John McDonald to Dundee, William Sandham to Rochdale, and William Simpson to Aberaman, Pat Robinson, Levy Thorpe, Fergie Aitken, Joe Duckworth, and Duncan have not yet fixed up.
One of several “improvements” on the ground involves the banishment of the Press from the main to the Riverside stand. Here the reporters will be completely removed from access to the dressing rooms and offices. Their old seats are considered too valuable, and will be let to people who are ready to pay for them. Thus does the Press get its reward for its services to the club and football generally. Happily ‘tis not so on most grounds. It is of the utmost importance that reporters should have the best facilities for communication with the teams and officials, and no one should know this better than the Rovers.
The list of players engaged is: –
|Ronnie Sewell||Middlesbrough||Goalkeeper||5 11 1/2||12 6|
|Ted Davis||Bristol||Goalkeeper||6 0||14 0|
|Bernard Wrigley||Clitheroe||Goalkeeper||5 9||11 0|
|David Rollo||Belfast||Right back||5 7||11 6|
|Richard Walmsley||Blackburn||Right back||5 11 1/2||11 6|
|James Forrest||Blackburn||Right back||5 7||10 5|
|Tom Wylie||Darvel||Left back||5 6||10 6|
|Frank Crawley||Paisley||Left back||5 10||12 13|
|A. Murray||Oban||Left back||5 9||11 0|
|Tommy Heaton||Blackburn||Left back||5 9||11 0|
|Harry Healless||Blackburn||Right half||5 9||11 0|
|Alex Pool||Annan||Right half||5 10||11 5|
|Frank Reilly||Perth||Centre half||5 10||12 10|
|Tom Williamson||Dalmuir||Centre half||5 8||11 0|
|Ronald Fairbrother||Poulton||Centre half||6 1 1/2||11 0|
|Jimmy McKinnell||Dalbeattie||Left half||5 8 1/2||11 0|
|Billy Watson||Darwen||Left half||5 8 1/2||10 13|
|Dickie Bond||Preston||Outside right||5 6 1/2||10 12|
|Archie Longmuir||Saltcoats||Outside right||5 9||11 1|
|Johnny McIntyre||Glasgow||Inside right||5 8 1/2||11 0|
|Norman Rodgers||Stockport||Inside right||5 8||11 7|
|Percy Dawson||Whitley Bay||Centre forward||5 11 1/2||12 5|
|Ronald Haworth||Lower Darwen||Centre forward||5 8||11 7|
|Ernest Hawksworth||Rochdale||Inside left||5 7||11 8|
|Jock McKay||Glasgow||Inside left||5 8||10 0|
|Peter Holland||Hindley||Inside left||5 5 1/2||10 5|
|Bobby Foster||Durham||Inside left||5 7||10 0|
|Joe Hodkinson||Lancaster||Outside left||5 8||10 7|
|James Robson||Durham||Outside left||5 8||11 0|
(Athletic News: August 21, 1922)
Blackburn Rovers F.C. season 1922-1923.