August 17, 1926
Liverpool F.C. will begin the campaign with practically the same eleven that carried them into the top half of the League last season. There have been no new signings since May, and the only player of note who has departed is Walter Wadsworth, centre-half. He will be with the old Liverpool captain and Scottish international, Alex Raisbeck, who manages Bristol City.
It seemed certain at one period that the Anfielders would lose the services of their international inside left, Harry Chambers, for the winger desired a change, but wise counsels prevailed, and with Hopkin he will again form the left wing.
Archie Rawlings, who for two seasons held the outside right berth until deposed by Oxley, has joined Walsall, for whom he should do well.
While it is a case of the “old brigade” again, the Anfield directorate realise their players cannot last for ever, and in securing Edmed and Oxley – two young forwards – they hope to blend youth with experience. Oxley has recovered from a leg injury received in the last match of the season, and is ready to take his place on the wing.
A notable change effected at the Anfield Road ground is the putting under cover of the “Spion Kop” end of the enclosure. This means that covered accommodation has been made for 47,000 spectators. The “Kop,” which is situated at the back of the Oakfield-road goal and is frequented by the shilling spectators, is one of the best vantage points on the ground, but in wet weather the spectators have found it the reverse of pleasant. This is all changed now, and the crowd will in future be able to witness matches in comfort, whatever the weather conditions.
Players signed are: –
Goalkeepers. – Elisha Scott, Arthur Riley, James Trill.
Backs. – Ephraim Longworth, Tommy Lucas, Donald Mackinlay, George Edward Childs, Robert Done
Half-backs: – John McNab, William Cockburn, Tom Bromilow, David Pratt, Patrick McDade, James Jackson, Albert Shears.
Forwards. – Cyril Oxley, Dick Edmed, Gordon Hodgson, Tom Scott, Dick Forshaw, Fred Baron, Harry Chambers, Danny Shone, Fred Hopkins, Robert Bauchop Clark, Frank Charters, Tommy Reid, David McMullan, William Sheppard, Jimmy Walsh.
(Daily Express: August 17, 1926)