Season preview 1927/28 – Accrington Stanley F.C. (The Athletic News)


Monday, August 1 – 1927
Accrington Stanley do not desire to risk re-election for a second time, and have made practically a complete clearance of last season players, of whom only five have been retained. They are: – T. Whittaker (left back), Curran (centre half), Martin (outside left), Slater (outside right), and Clarkson (inside forward).

Billy Rooks, the old Blackpool player, who had five seasons at Peel Park, has gone to Hurst as player-manager; Billy Hayes, goalkeeper, to Stockport County; and John Jepson to Carlisle. Stanley losing a transfer fee through his joining a non-League club. Norman Wilson and Len Hughes are still on the transfer list.

The directors have shown more enterprise than for some years in team building. Most of the new men have had considerable experience. The new goalkeeper is Finnigan, of Manchester City. The back division has been strengthened by the acquisition of Percy Brooke, from Swindon, and J. Armstrong, of Bournemouth, one of whom will partner Whittaker, who last season was a long while in finding his form, but was ultimately one of the best backs in the section.

Other newcomers are Carrick from Bradford and Lee from Hull City, half-backs; and McLoughlin (Hull City), Parkin (Durham City), Barclay (Reading) and Parry, of Grimsby Town and Liverpool.

Dick Finnigan,
Wrexham,
Goalkeeper,
6ft. 0in., 11st. 4lb.;

Tom Holden,
Leyland,
Goalkeeper,
5ft. 8in., 11st. 4lb.;

Tom Whittaker,
Boothstown,
Left back,
5ft. 8½in., 11st. 5lb.;

Percy Brooke,
Tidsgrove,
Right back,
5ft. 10in., 12st. 2lb.;

Jimmy Armstrong,
Chester-le-Street,
Right back,
5ft. 8in., 12st.;

Harry Haworth,
Ramsbottom,
Left back,
5ft. 9½in., 11st. 3lb.;

Andy Curran,
Durham,
Centre half,
5ft. 10½in., 11st. 5lb.;

Jim Carrick,
Boothstown,
Right half,
5ft. 10½in., 11st. 6lb.;

Pat Lee,
Lanarkshire,
Left half,
5ft. 9in., 11st. 4lb.;

Robert Hall,
Preston,
Centre half,
5ft. 11in., 11st. 5lb.;

Jim Tomlinson,
Leyland,
Right half,
5ft. 11in., 11st. 7lb;

Bob Haworth,
Crawshawbooth,
Left half,
5ft. 9½in., 11st. 8lb.;

Frank Slater,
Blackburn,
Outside right,
5ft. 6in., 10st. 10lb.;

Frank Parry,
Aigburth,
Outside right,
5ft. 8in., 11st. 5lb.;

George McLaughlin,
Glasgow,
Inside left,
5ft. 8½in., 11st. 2lb.;

Reuben Butler,
Middlesbrough,
Inside right,
5ft. 10in., 11st. 5lb.;

John Barclay,
Fifeshire,
Inside left,
5ft. 8in., 11st. 6lb.;

Jack Parkin,
Byker-on-Tyne,
Centre-forward,
5ft. 8in., 11st. 3lb.;

Jack Martin,
Gateshead,
Outside left,
5ft. 8in., 11st. 7lb.;

Chris Dodds,
Gateshead,
Inside left,
5ft. 9in., 11st. 7lb.;

Jack Chadwick,
Burnley,
Inside left,
5ft. 7in., 11st. 6lb.;

Richard Clarkson,
Lytham,
Inside forward,
5ft. 7½in., 11st. 9lb.
(The Athletic News, 01-08-1927)

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