Season preview 1927/28: New Brighton F.C. (Athletic News)


August 1, 1927
The New Brighton directors were not satisfied with the display of the team last season and have sought new blend. Only seven players were retained, and eight new other professionals have been signed.

Of those who served the club last season Ted Worrall has joined Southport, Harry Gee will be seen in Exeter City’s colours, Jimmy Jones has retired from the game, and John Mathieson has returned to Ireland, while men unsigned are Allan Mathieson, Max Reid, Bill Murray, Jack Savage, George Shelton, David Lyner, George Wilson, and Ernest Hawksworth.

The new players include Garner, who has played with Southport and Liverpool; Hoddinott, late of Rhyl, who was formerly with Chelsea; Ratcliffe (Preston North End), Howson (Bristol City), Carr (Barnsley), O’Rourke (Norwich City), and Harley (Carnarvon). O’Rourke is a son of Peter O’Rourke, the old Irish international, while Harley, formerly of the Hearts, was one of the leading scorers in the Welsh League last season.

The ground accommodation has been substantially increased by the building up of the embankment at the river-end, and it is hoped to cover the paddock during the season.

Bert Mehaffy,
Belfast,
Goalkeeper,
5ft. 9in., 11st.;

George Howson,
Bolton,
Full back,
5ft. 9in., 12st.;

Jimmy Garner,
Liverpool,
Right back,
5ft. 8½in., 11st.;

Len Carr,
Sheffield,
Left back,
5ft. 10½in., 11st. 12lb.;

C.A. Reanney,
Liverpool,
Left back,
5ft. 9in., 10st.;

Fred Sanderson,
Seaton Delaval,
Right half-back,
5ft. 9in., 11st. 10in.;

Frank Higgins,
Birkenhead,
Right half-back,
5ft. 9½in., 11st. 7lb.;

Jack Reid,
Kilmarnock,
Centre half-back,
5ft. 10½in., 11st. 8lb.;

J. Ratcliffe,
Bolton,
Centre half-back,
5ft. 10in., 11st. 7lb.;

David Beattie,
Renton,
Left half-back,
5ft. 8½in., 11st. 7lb.;

Ernie Whitter,
Manchester,
Outside right,
5ft. 7½in., 10st. 12 lb.;

Frank Hoddinott,
Brechin,
Inside right,
5ft. 8in., 11st. 10lb.;

Ted Wade,
Lytham,
Inside right,
5ft. 7in., 10st. 7lb.;

Horace Williams,
Liverpool,
Centre-forward, 5.ft. 7in., 12st.;

Alex Harley,
Edinburgh,
Centre-forward,
5ft. 9½in., 11st. 10lb.;

Peter O’Rourke,
Bradford,
Inside right,
5ft. 8in., 10st. 9lb.;
(Athletic News: August 1, 1927)

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