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: –
Elisha Scott
Goalkeeper;
Belfast;
5ft. 9½in. and 11st. 12lb.

Frank Mitchell
Goalkeeper;
Elgin;
5ft. 9in. and 12st.

Charles Pearson
Goalkeeper;
Chester-le-Street;
5ft. 10½in. and 11st.

Fred Wood
Goalkeeper;
Stockport;
5ft. 9in. and 10st. 4lb.

Ephraim Longworth
Right back;
Bolton;
5ft. 8½in. and 11st. 10lb.

Tommy Lucas
Right back;
St. Helens;
5ft. 8½in. and 11st. 10lb.

Ted Parry
Right back;
Colwyn Bay;
5ft. 8in. and 10st. 6lb.

Jimmy Garner
Right back;
Liverpool;
5ft. 8½in. and 11st.

Donald Mackinlay
Left back;
Newton;
5ft. 8in. and 11st. 4lb.

John Lillie
Left back;
Newcastle-on-Tyne;
5ft. 9½in. and 10st. 8lb.

James Kane
Left back;
Dublin;
5ft. 8½in. and 11st.

Ronald Mitchell
Right half;
Birkenhead;
5ft. 9in. and 11st. 4lb.

John Bamber
Right half;
St. Helens;
5ft. 9½in. and 11st. 12lb.

John McNab
Right half;
Clelland;
6ft. 1in. and 11st. 7lb.

Peter McKinney
Right half;
Leadgate;
5ft. 8½in. and 10st. 6lb.

Walter Wadsworth
Centre half;
Bootle;
5ft. 10½in. and 11st.

Frank Checkland
Centre half;
Liverpool;
5ft. 7½in. and 11st. 2lb.

Tom Bromilow
Left half;
Liverpool;
5ft. 7in. and 10st. 10lb.

William Cunningham
Left half;
Radcliffe;
5ft. 6in. and 10st. 4lb.

William Lacey
Outside right;
Wexford;
5ft. 8in. and 12st.

Cyril Gilhespy
Outside right;
Fence House;
5ft. 8½in. and 11st. 2lb.

Dick Forshaw
Inside right;
Widnes;
5ft. 8½in. and 11st.

Jimmy Walsh
Inside right;
Stockport;
5ft. 8½in. and 10st. 12lb.

George Smith
Inside right;
Liverpool;
5ft. 7½in. and 10st. 5lb.

Dick Johnson
Centre forward;
Gateshead-on-Tyne;
5ft. 6½in. and 10st. 5lb.

Jack Sambrook
Centre forward;
Wednesford;
5ft. 10in. and 10st. 10lb.

Danny Shone
Centre forward;
Liverpool;
5ft. 6½in. and 10st. 10lb.

Griff Owen
Centre forward;
Liverpool;
5ft. 7½in. and 10st. 12lb.

Harry Chambers
Inside left;
Wellington Quay;
5ft. 9½in. and 12st. 6lb.

Harry Lewis
Inside left;
Birkenhead;
5ft. 6in. and 11st. 2lb.

George Harold Beadles
Inside left;
Newton (Montgomeryshire);
5ft. 7½in. and 11st. 2lb.

Fred Hopkin
Outside left;
Darlington;
5ft. 7in. and 11st. 2lb.

Harold Wadsworth
Outside left;
Bootle;
5ft. 5in. and 10st.
(Source: Athletic News: August 21, 1922)

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LFC 1922 1923

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