Season preview 1927/28 – Crystal Palace F.C. (The Athletic News)


Monday, August 8 – 1927
The optimism of Crystal Palace is largely due to the fact that the majority of last season’s players are again available. The side finished sixth, considerably higher than in 1925-26, so that the optimism seems well founded.

There have only been two departures, Percy Cherret, centre forward, and Cecil Blackmore, inside left, who have joined Bristol City. Efforts have been made to efficiently fill these positions and at the same time add strength to one or two weak spots. Kelly has been secured from Gillingham as understudy to Callender in goal; Gallacher, centre half, from Bradford City; J. Tonner, inside left, from Fulham; J. Brown, inside right, from Merthyr Town, are newcomers, and for centre forward there is the choice of either Williamson, of Hamilton Academicals, and Hallam, of Stoke.

During the close season Bert Harry, outside right, has undergone an operation for an injury which kept him out of the game at the end of last season, and he has made a splendid recovery.

Following the usual policy since Selhurst Park was opened, the banking has been built up, and it is the intention to continue this work for the next four or five years.

Billy Callender,
Prudhoe,
Goalkeeper,
6ft. 0in., 12st. 7lb.;

John Kelly,
Homildon,
Goalkeeper,
5ft. 11in., 11st. 2lb.;

Charlie Cross,
Coventry,
Left or right back,
5ft. 9in., 11st. 12 lb.;

Robert Orr,
Dumbarton,
Left back,
5ft. 9½in., 12st. 6lb.;

Henry Hopkins,
Pontypridd,
Right back,
5ft. 8in., 11st. 12lb.;

Eddie Holmes,
Altrincham,
Left or right back,
5ft. 8in., 11st. 4lb.;

Con Hilley,
Glasgow,
Left half-back,
5ft. 6in., 11st. 4 lb.;

Harold Pettitt,
Sydenham,
Left half-back,
5ft. 8in., 11st. 4lb.;

Jimmy Hamilton,
Hetton-le-Hole,
Centre half-back,
6ft. 0in., 12st.;

Sam Gallacher,
Burnbank,
Centre half-back,
6ft. 0in., 11st. 10lb.;

Lewis Smith,
Gayton,
Centre or Right half-back,
5ft. 10in., 11st. 6lb.;

Hugh Gallacher,
Clydebank,
Right half-back,
5ft. 8in., 11st. 8lb.;

Bert Harry,
Kingston,
Outside right,
5ft. 6in., 11st. 12lb.;

John Joe Flood,
Dublin,
Outside right,
5ft. 7½in., 11st.;

Bill Turner,
Tipton,
Inside right,
5ft. 6in., 11st. 4lb.;

Walter Grant,
Aberdeen,
Inside right,
5ft. 8½in, 11st. 4lb.;

Jack Brown,
Belfast,
Inside right,
5ft. 8in., 11st.;

Tim Williamson,
Falkirk,
Centre forward,
5ft. 7½in., 10st. 12lb.;

Cliff Hallam,
Longton,
Centre forward,
5ft. 9in., 11st.;

Sam Tonner,
Motherwell,
Inside left,
5ft. 7½in., 11st. 7lb.;

Alfred Hawkins,
Kensington,
Inside left,
5ft. 7½in., 11st. 6lb.;

George Clarke,
Marsfield,
Outside left,
5ft. 9in., 11st. 9lb.;

Victor Barnes,
Twickenham,
Outside left,
5ft. 8in., 11st. 5lb.
(The Athletic News, 08-08-1927)

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