December 25, 1922
Some surprise has been created by the announcement that David Ashworth, the team manager of Liverpool, resigned that post and is about to return to Oldham Athletic. We say return, because when David Ashworth gave over refereeing his first position as a paid official was with Oldham Athletic. He left for Stockport County, and then joined Liverpool.
But David Ashworth has may friends at Oldham, and he has never become a resident of Liverpool. As a team-builder and manager he has been successful with all three clubs. It is not an exaggeration to say that he laid the foundation of Oldham Athletic and that the club has never been quite the same since he went away.
He accomplished a great deal towards lifting the club into the First Division. In 1913 they ran into the semi-final stage of the Association Cup, and in 1914-15 they were within one point of Aston Villa, the champions of The League.
To restore the Athletic to this rank will be a hard task, but David Ashworth has never been appalled by work, worry, or even a relatively small revenue. He was succeeded without paying £5,000 for a single player.
He has an eye for raw material, and, in short, knows his work. Oldham Athletic are lucky to secure his co-operation once more.
(Source: Athletic News: December 25, 1922)