April 21, 1923
The souvenir programme of the War Memorial Fund match on the Baseball Ground on Wednesday contained some interesting information about players, and the following quips: –
* Harry Maskrey, can touch both uprights by stretching out his hands! But he does have to walk a bit, you know.
* Bob Crompton was told by Billy McCracken, “You kick the ball far too much. All you have to do to be a great defender is to walk away from the ball, and let forwards walk after it.” Bob replied, “I’m a footballer, not an offside merchant.”
* Tommy Barbour, when his side was winning, used to waste time by kicking the ball in the air, not out of the field.
* Alec Leake in 1910 was standing on the top on an omnibus in London, after a game with Fulham, and his head came in contact with the arch of a bridge wit such a force that he was knocked to the roadway below. When picked up he wasn’t dead – as he will prove to-night – but considers himself darned lucky.
* James Harrop and Sam Hardy are bosom pals, and used to be know as “The Liverpool Twins.”
* Billy Meredith commenced to use a toothpick rather than a plug of bacca, when they found all the grass at Hyde-road was being killed!
* Steve Bloomer only made on “bloomer” in his life – when he decided to go to Germany as a football coach.
* Jimmy Cantrell is a better shot on the green than he is on the football field.
* Harry Leonard can tel you how to shoot over the bar from one yard range – and also how to get goals.
* George Wall is so small that he was once taken for a corner flag, and when investigation was made it was found that he was, in fact, hiding behind the real flag post!
(Derby Daily Telegraph,: April 21, 1923)
April 21, 1923