Season preview 1922-23: Liverpool F.C. (Athletic News)


August 21, 1922
The League champions are in the unique position of being able to open the campaign with practically the same side. All last year’s players, with the exception of Jack Sheldon, whose unfortunate accident has put him out of football, have been re-engaged, and a gratifying feature is the complete recovery of Dick Johnson, the capable leader and goal-scorer of a couple of seasons ago. Harry Chambers will now be able to settle down to inside left, and every position is ably duplicated.

New forwards are Jack Sambrook, the centre who was kept out of the Wolverhampton Wanderers’ team last season through injury; Jimmy Walsh, inside-right, from Stockport County; and George Smith, an ex-Liverpool schoolboy inside left. Another local lad is Jimmy  Garner, a right or left back, who played in the “A” team during the latter portion of last season, while Ronald Mitchell comes with good credentials as a half back in any position from Skelmersdale United. The club will run a third team in the Liverpool County Combination.

Considerable improvements have been made on the ground. Cinder tracks, both in the approaches and on the ground itself, have given place to concrete, and on Spion Kop entrances has been concreted, with distributing passages and railed insides that should add to the comforts of the spectators. The rising generations have not been overlooked, as one-half of the paddock in front of the Kemlyn-road stand has been railed off and terraced. This boys’ pen will accommodate 4,500, with separate entrances direct from the road. The players engaged are: –

Player Birthplace Position Height Weight
E. Scott Belfast Goalkeeper 5 9 1/2 11 12
F.W.G. Mitchell Elgin Goalkeeper 5 9 12 0
C.W. Pearson Chester-le-Street Goalkeeper 5 10 1/2 11 0
F. Wood Stockport Goalkeeper 5 9 10 4
E. Longworth Bolton Right back 5 8 1/2 11 10
T. Lucas St. Helens Right back 5 8 1/2 11 10
E. Parry Colwyn Bay Right back 5 8 10 6
J. Garner Liverpool Right back 5 8 1/2 11 0
D. Mackinlay Newton Left back 5 8 11 4
J. Lillie Newcastle-on-Tyne Left back 5 9 1/2 10 8
J. Kane Dublin Left back 5 8 1/2 11 0
R. Mitchell Birkenhead Right half 5 9 11 4
J. Bamber St. Helens Right half 5 9 1/2 11 12
John McNab Clelland Right half 6 1 11 7
P. McKinney Leadgate Right half 5 8 1/2 10 6
W. Wadworth Bootle Centre half 5 10 1/2 11 0
F.J. Checkland Liverpool Centre half 5 7 1/2 11 2
T.G. Bromilow Liverpool Left half 5 7 10 10
W. Cunningham Radcliffe Left half 5 6 10 4
W. Lacey Wexford Outside right 5 8 12 0
T.W.C. Gilhespy Fence House Outside right 5 8 1/2 11 2
R. Forshaw Widnes Inside right 5 8 1/2 11 0
J.A. Walsh Stockport Inside right 5 8 1/2 10 12
G. Smith Liverpool Inside right 5 7 1/2 10 5
R.K. Johnson Gateshead-on-Tyne Centre forward 5 6 1/2 10 5
J.H. Sambrook Wednesford Centre forward 5 10 10 10
D. Shone Liverpool Centre forward 5 6 1/2 10 10
G.L. Owen Liverpool Centre forward 5 7 1/2 10 12
H. Chambers Wellington Quay Inside left 5 9 1/2 12 6
H. Lewis Birkenhead Inside left 5 6 11 2
George Harold Beadles Newton (Mon) Inside left 5 7 1/2 11 2
F. Hopkin Darlington Outside left 5 7 11 2
H. Wadsworth Bootle Outside left 5 5 10 0

(Source: Athletic News: August 21, 1922)

Team picture from www.lfchistory.net.
LFC 1922 1923

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