Neil McBain to replace Harry Chambers at centre half

Thursday, March 8 – 1928
Liverpool yesterday figured in two big deals. In the first place they secured the transfer from St. Johnstone of Neil McBain. The deal was carried through in Ayr by Mr. D. Taylor, of the Perth club, and a representative of the Anfield club.

McBain was signed by St. Johnstone at the beginning of season 1926-7 – a capture by the Perth club which created considerable surprise at the time. He started his career as a junior in Campbeltown and when only 18 years of age he signed for Ayr United as an inside forward. Later he found his true position at centre-half, and he was soon “spotted” by English agents. In 1921 he was transferred at a big figure to Manchester United, and after a spell with that club was fixed up at a big figure by Everton – so that he is returning to Merseyside by this latest shift.

While playing in England McBain represented his country on three occasions; in turn he played against England (1922), Ireland (1923), and Wales (1924) as centre and wing half. The transfer to Liverpool is not wholly a surprise. Since the visit of Saints to Liverpool on February 18 there has been considerable speculation concerning McBain, who had expressed his desire for a change.

Liverpool yesterday transferred Harry Chambers, their inside left, to West Bromwich Albion. In their last two matches Liverpool had included Chambers at centre half back. Chambers played for England against Scotland and Wales in 1921 and 1923, and against Ireland in 1923 and 1924; while he also played against the Scottish League in 1921, 1922, 1923, and 1924, and the Irish League in 1924.
(Dundee Courier, 09-03-1928)

Neil McBain
Neil McBain

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