August 21, 1922
Sheffield United have not deemed it necessary to add many recruits to their forces since the end of las season. As a matter of fact they strengthened their side during the later stages of the last campaign, with the result that a danger of descent which seemed to threaten was banished.
With virtually the same forces at command that lost only one of the last seven League game in April, the United and their enthusiastic followers expect a successful season. Veterans such as George Utley and Jim Harrop no longer will be seen wearing the familiar colours, and O’Connell, Smith, Bob Bolam and Charles Wilson have also departed, but the main strength remains.
With Gough and Blackwell still active, the goal-keeping will be in good hands, and Sturgess and Milton, with four other backs to call upon if necessary, should provide a sound defence. That skilful Scot, McCourt – the only man of that nationality engaged – will again figure in the important position of centre half-back, and there will be eight other good players from whom to select the middle line, including the veteran Brelsford.
The forward line will, as last season, include Mercer and Tunstall on the extreme, and Gillespie, the Irish International, at inside left. The satisfactory filling of the important position of centre provides something of a problem with Johnson, Oldacre, Rawson, and Menlove to select from.
What few new men the United have engaged are all forwards. R. Hughes, who comes from Hull City, formerly played outside right when Mercer was there as inside right, but last season figured at outside left. He is regarded as a very useful forward. R. Muse, an inside right, comes from Leadgate Park, with which club last season he scored over 30 goals in North-Eastern League games. These two recruits were secured in the closing days of last season. Another man who is practically a new-comer, although he played in one game last April, is David Lowe, an outside right from Cradley Heath, the winners of the Birmingham Alliance, and who last season was regarded as one of the cleverest juniors in the Midlands. Altogether 31 players have been engaged, as follows: –
|Harold Gough||Chesterfield||Goalkeeper||5 10||12 6|
|Ernest Blackwell||Sheffield||Goalkeeper||5 9||11 0|
|Albert Sturgess||Etruria||Right back||5 11 1/2||12 0|
|Bill Cook||Unsworth||Right back||5 6||11 6|
|Ernest Milton||Kimberworth||Left back||5 8||11 7|
|Bill Sampy||Chapwell||Left back||5 8 1/2||11 7|
|H. Hoyland||Sheffield||Left back||5 8||11 0|
|Bill Brelsford||Sheffield||Right half||5 7||11 9|
|Harry Pantling||Watford||Right half||5 8 1/2||11 7|
|Jimmy McCourt||Glasgow||Centre half||6 1||13 4|
|Jimmy Waugh||Chapwell||Centre half||5 9||11 10|
|Stan Mace||Grimsby||Centre half||5 10||12 0|
|Cliff Halliwell||Sheffield||Left half||5 8||11 0|
|Jim Plant||Whitwell||Left half||5 9||11 7|
|George Richardson||Gainsborough||Left half||5 10||10 10|
|Seth King||Penistone||Left half||5 8 1/2||11 7|
|David Mercer||St. Helens||Outside right||5 6||10 7|
|Davey Lowe||Dudley||Outside right||5 8||11 0|
|Fred Brown||Gainsborough||Inside right||5 7||11 7|
|Tommy Sampy||Chapwell||Inside right||5 7||11 3|
|Tommy Boyle||Sheffield||Inside right||5 9||12 0|
|R. Muse||Australia||Inside right||5 10||12 0|
|Bobby Hughes||Tyneside||Inside right||5 6||10 6|
|Harry Johnson||Ecclesfield||Centre forward||5 9||11 0|
|Percy Oldacre||Stoke-on-Trent||Centre forward||5 9||11 7|
|Albert Rawson||Sheffield||Centre forward||5 9||11 0|
|Bertie Menlove||West Croydon||Centre forward||5 8||11 7|
|Billy Gillespie||Londonderry||Inside left||5 9||10 9|
|Walter Hoyland||Sheffield||Inside left||5 9||11 0|
|Fred Tunstall||Wombwell||Outside left||5 7 1/2||11 6|
|George Bromage||Doncaster||Outside left||5 8||11 4|
(Athletic News: August 21, 1922)
Sheffield United, 1922-23.