Monday, August 21 – 1922
Although only 23 professional players have been signed on, Middlesbrough are very hopeful of a successful season, though the optimism of the management is not shared by the general body of the club supporters. It is felt that a first-class left full-back and a centre half-back are needed.
The management have had to go warily in the matter of big transfer fees, as Teeside has for many months felt the industrial depression very keenly. But two new players have been secured, viz., F. Skull and F. Smith. The former is a left half-back from Swindon Comrades, a Swindon and District League club; while Smith, an inside right forward, is from Crook. J.A. Stephenson, the inside right of Aberdeen, was engaged on Saturday on a month’s trial.
Only one player whom the club is desirous of retaining is unsigned – George Carr, the inside forward, who has not yet come to terms. Jackie Mordue has not yet fixed up with anyone, but Ernie Young, the Reserves’ centre forward, has gone to Darlington.
Jock Marshall is still feeling the effects of the injury to his ankle in the match with Manchester City towards the close of last season. The ground has been completely re-surfed.
The players in the service of the club are: –
|Harry Harrison||Redcar||Goalkeeper||5 8 1/2||11 10|
|Tim Williamson||Redcar||Goalkeeper||5 10 1/2||12 0|
|Joe Davison||Byers Green||Right back||5 9||11 9|
|Jock Marshall||Saltcoats||Right back||5 9 1/2||13 12|
|Walter Holmes||Wellington||Left back||5 11 1/2||12 11|
|Victor Fox||Middlesbrough||Left back||5 9||11 7|
|Stewart Davidson||Aberdeen||Right half||5 9||11 8|
|Willie Carr||South Bank||Centre half||5 5 1/2||10 12|
|Maurice Webster||Blackpool||Half back||5 8||11 4|
|Bill Ellerington||Sunderland||Centre half||5 11||12 6|
|Peter Donaghy||Grangetown||Left half||5 8 1/2||11 2|
|Ted Donaghy||Grangetown||Left half||5 8||10 7|
|Robert Pender||Dumbarton||Left half||5 8 1/2||12 0|
|Frank Skull||Swindon||Left half||5 8||11 8|
|Jackie Carr||South Bank||Outside right||5 8 1/2||11 8|
|Billy Bottrill||South Bank||Outside right||5 9||10 8|
|Billy Birrell||Anstruther||Inside right||5 8 1/2||11 3|
|Fred Smith||Crook||Inside right||5 9 1/2||11 7|
|George Elliott||Sunderland||Centre forward||5 10 1/2||12 0|
|Andy Wilson||Cambuslang||Centre forward||5 8 1/2||13 0|
|Bill Murray||South Church||Inside left||5 5||10 2|
|Tommy Urwin||Sunderland||Outside left||5 5||9 6|
|Thomas Brown||Middlesbrough||Outside left||5 11||11 6|
(The Athletic News, 21-08-1922)
Middlesbrough F.C. 1922-23.
Back row: W. Birrell and J. Carr. Second row (left to right): P. Donaghy, R. Pender, V. Fox, Tim Williamson, W. Carr, G. Carr, L. Cole (trainer). Seated (left to right): J. Marshall, A.N. Wilson, S. Davidson, G.W. Elliott, W. Ellerington. Front row: T. Urwin and W. Murray. Insets (left): J. Howie, secretary-manager; and H. Harrison.