April 10, 1926
Recently I made indication of a cable from South Africa which suggested that the South Africans on Merseyside were likely to return home. There was much consternation in at least one camp when the news went out, even though there was a denial that the story was true.
Now it appears that there is a big probability of each of the S.A. men returning home – for how long? That is the vexed question.
I believe they sail from here on the 30th – which is before the season ends – and it is worthy of note that two had the club’s permission to go early.
It would be a big blow to Liverpool if Gordon Hodgson and Arthur Riley did not return. As a matter of fact, they have enjoyed their football here, and in Riley’s case there seems no doubt about his return. But in the case of Hodgson there is an “if,” which is dictated through home affairs.
(Liverpool Echo: April 10, 1926)