June 17, 1927
Liverpool F.C.’s annual general was a sudden inspiration. I have had no opportunity of dealing with the matter until now, but make no apology for pointing out to you that the directors filed into the Law Association Rooms pulpit like a grand jury, and within ten minutes they had left, leaving behind them nothing but footprints in the sands of time.
They were a happy family, and Mr. Thomas Crompton, the chairman, told his 26 hearers the possibilities and hopes for next season. A shareholder asked what about a centre-half, and was told that not only a centre-half, but in other directions the club was moving, but they wanted the price to be right, and they wanted the player to be likewise.
The retiring directors, Messrs. William Harvey Webb, Walter Henry Cartwright, and Albert Edward Berry had to opposition, and this the meeting ended as it started, in harmony.
Liverpool have a happy knack of making friends, and it is no surprise to me that they had sprung another surprise upon one of their number. The man chosen was cheery William Robert Williams, otherwise Mr. Billy Williams, and the club had shown its pleasure at his twenty-four years of service by presenting him with a wine and smoking cabinet. His only senior on the board in length of service is the member for Prestatyn, Mr. John Asbury.
Mr. Williams was chairman of the club during its double championship period, and for a generation he has lent his aid unsparingly. Long may he live to chase the wee ball over the Childwall links or bowl Preston “Both Ends” to defeat; and smoke the weed his Cabinet provides.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: June 21, 1927)