Season preview 1927/28 – Chesterfield Town F.C. (The Athletic News)


Monday, August 1 – 1927
Chesterfield have learnt the wisdom of embarking on the season quietly instead of boldly announcing their promotion ambitions. They are running three teams – in the Northern Section, Midland Combination, and Derbyshire Senior League.

Many changes have taken place. Mr. Alex Campbell, formerly captain and centre of Southampton, has been appointed manager in succession to Mr. Harry Parkes, and in the difficult task of reconstruction he has proved enterprising and resourceful. For the first time the club has engaged a trainer who is a skilled masseur. He is William Clancey, who for three years has been at Aberdare, and was in the boxing camp of Jimmy Wilde two season. Mr. R.L. Weston has resigned from the board, and a successor has not yet been appointed.

Instead of having so many players lacking in experience, the management has adopted a policy of having a few really good ones, and keeping some money in hand to strengthen the side as weak places become apparent.

The new goalkeeper is J.Y. Thomson, from Plymouth Argyle, previously with Partick Thistle, Aberdare, and Brentford. James Elwood, a centre half-back, just secured from Manchester City, will share the duties with Shirley Abbott. In place of the record-breaking marksman James Cookson, transferred to West Bromwich Albion, the club has choice of Harry Roberts and Ralph Williams, the latter being a new player from Poole, Dorset. He is a hustler, a splendid shot, and when a schoolboy earned a Welsh cap.

William Turnbull, the new outside right, has been with West Stanley, Cardiff City, Newport County, Ashington, and Manchester City. Other newcomers are William J. Clayson, inside forward from Barnsley; Frank Matthews, for the last two seasons with Southampton, and F.T. Price, of Southampton and Wolverhampton Wanderers, for whom Chesterfield had a tempting offer before he kicked a ball for them. Use is to be made of the services of Jimmy Moore, the old Derby County forward. Fisher has joined Mansfield Town.

Jack Thomson,
Greenock,
Goalkeeper,
6ft. 1in., 12st.;

Bernard Bilcliff,
Chapeltown,
Goalkeeper,
6ft. 0in., 12st. 6lb.;

G. Tye,
Kiveton Park,
Goalkeeper,
5ft. 10in., 11st. 11lb;

F. Clarke,
Whittington Moor,
Goalkeeper,
5ft. 10½in., 11st. 9lb.;

F. Mountney,
Ambergate,
Goalkeeper,
6ft. 0in., 11st. 10lb.;

Alfred Saxby,
Bolsover,
Right back,
5ft. 10½in., 13st.;

George Beeson,
N. Wingfield,
Right back,
5ft. 8½in., 11st. 6lb.;

Edwin Wass,
Sheepbridge,
Right back,
5ft. 9½in., 11st. 5lb.;

William Dennis,
Mossley,
Left back,
5ft. 9in., 12st. 2lb.;

Alex Betton,
New Tupton,
Left back or centre half,
5ft. 11½in., 12st. 1lb.;

Alf Saxby,
Bolsover,
Left back,
5ft. 9in., 11st.;

Horace Wass,
Sheepbridge,
Right half-back,
5ft. 10½in., 12st. 4lb.;

Harry Cousins,
Wingfield,
Right half-back,
5ft. 11½in., 11st. 7lb.;

Charlie Bicknell,
Wingfield,
Right half-back,
5ft. 10½in., 11st. 7lb.;

Stan Walker,
Denaby,
Right half,
5ft. 8in., 11st.;

Shirley Abbott,
Alfreton,
Centre half-back,
5ft. 9in., 12st. 4lb.;

James Elwood,
Belfast,
Centre half-back,
5ft. 11in., 12st. 7lb.;

Frank Creaser,
Lincoln,
Centre half-back or left half-back,
5ft. 10½in., 11st. 10lb.;

David Smith,
N. Tupton,
Centre half-back,
5ft. 9½in., 11st. 4lb.;

Oliver Thompson,
Wheatley Hill,
Left half-back,
5ft. 8½in., 12st. 2lb.;

William Turnbull,
Blyth,
Outside right,
5ft. 10½in., 11st.;

Bernard Oxley,
Whitwell,
Outside right,
5ft. 8½in., 10st. 8lb.;

Edward Roseboom,
Kilwinning,
Inside right,
5ft. 8½in. 11st. 9lb.;

George Fletcher,
Buxton,
Inside right,
5ft. 9½in., 11st. 2lb.;

Harry Roberts,
Barrow-in-Furness,
Centre forward,
5ft. 8½, 11st. 8lb.;

Ralph Williams,
Aberaman,
Centre forward,
5ft. 10½in., 12st. 4lb.;

William Clayson,
Northampton,
Centre forward or inside forward,
5ft. 7½in., 11st. 4lb.;

Arthur Keightly,
Hasland,
Centre forward,
5ft. 6in., 9st. 4lb.;

James Moore,
Birmingham,
Inside left,
5ft. 7in., 10st. 11lb.;

Frank Matthews,
Durham,
Inside left,
5ft. 8½in., 11st. 8lb.;

Frederick Price,
Ibstock,
Outside left,
5ft. 9in., 11st. 4lb.;

Fred Betton,
New Tupton,
Outside left,
5ft. 9½in., 11st. 10lb.;

Walter Nutter,
Wath,
Outside left,
5ft. 7½., 11st.
(The Athletic News, 01-08-1927)

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