Season preview 1928-29: Liverpool F.C. (Athletic News)


August 20, 1928
There have been some rather sweeping changes at Anfield, where the weeding-out process has never before been on such an extensive scale.

The services of over a dozen players have been dispensed with, the most notable being the two half-backs, John McNab and William Cockburn, who have gone to Queens Park Rangers, Danny Shone to West Ham United, George Pither and John Miller to Crewe Alexandra, Jimmy Walsh to Hull City, David McMullan to USA, Richard Gallyer to Rotherham, Tom Devlin to Swindon, and John Jones New Brighton, Cyril Oxley, the former Chesterfield player, being still unsigned.

The most prominent additions to the playing strengths are A.J. Whitehurst, who was Rochdale’s top scorer last season, and who has had experience with Stoke; D. Davidson, a centre half-back from Forfar Athletic, and J. Kelly, a youth of 18 from Coleraine, from whom much is expected. Murray, from Clydebank, and J. McDougall, who were signed late last season, are expected to make their mark.

The covering of Spion Kop has been linked to the two main stands. This gives protection for over 37,000 spectators behind the goal, bringing the total covered accommodation for the ground up to 60,000.

Charlie Wilson, a stalwart of years ago, succeeds William Connell as trainer, and Ephraim Longworth, who has completed 18 years’ playing service with the club, has been appointed coach.

Elisha Scott
Belfast;
Goalkeeper;
176 cm. (5ft. 9 ¼in.);
68 kilo (10st. 10lb).

Arthur Riley
South Africa.
Goalkeeper.
187 cm. (6ft. 1½in.);
86 kilo (13st. 7lb.).

William Fairhurst
St. Helens;
Goalkeeper;
180 cm. (5ft. 11in.);
74 kilo (11st. 10lb.).

Tommy Lucas
St. Helens;
Right back;
169 cm. (5ft. 6½in.);
74 kilo (11st. 9lb.).

James Jackson
Newcastle;
Right back;
179 cm. (5ft. 10¾in.);
74 kilo (11st. 10lb.).

Robert Done
Runcorn;
Right back;
175 cm. (5ft. 9in.);
71 kilo (11st. 3lb.).

Donald Mackinlay
Newton;
Left back;
174 cm. (5ft. 8¾in.);
74 kilo (11st. 10lb.).

Jimmy Gray
Glasgow;
Left back;
173 cm. (5ft. 8½in.);
76 kilo (12st.).

Tom Morrison
Hurlford;
Right half back;
177 cm. (5ft. 9¾in.);
71 kilo (11st. 3lb.).

Albert Shears
Newcastle;
Right half back;
173 cm. (5ft. 8½in.);
73 kilo (11st. 6lb.).

Tommy Gardner (*)
Liverpool;
Right half back;
173 cm. (5ft. 8in.);
65 kilo (10st. 3lb.).

Neil McBain
Campbelltown;
Centre half back;
173 cm. (5ft. 8in.);
78 kilo (12st. 3lb.).

David Davidson
Aberdeen;
Centre half back;
180 cm. (5ft. 11in.);
70 kilo (11st.).

Tom Bromilow
Liverpool;
Left half back;
175 cm. (5ft. 9in.);
67 kilo (10st. 7lb.).

William Murray
Alexandra;
Left half back;
179 cm. (5ft. 10¾in.);
76 kilo (12st.).

Dick Edmed
Gillingham;
Outside right;
176 cm. (5ft. 9½in.);
70 kilo (11st.).

Gordon Hodgson
South Africa;
Inside right;
183 cm. (6ft.);
79 kilo (12st. 7lb.).

Bob Clark
Newburn;
Inside right;
183 cm. (6ft.);
89 kilo (14st.).

William Millar
Ballymena;
Inside right;
174 cm. (5ft. 8¾in.);
74 kilo (11st. 10lb.).

Tom Scott
Newcastle;
Inside right;
178 cm. (5ft. 10in.);
81 kilo (12st. 11lb.).

Tommy Reid
Motherwell;
Centre forward;
176 cm. (5ft. 9½in.);
71 kilo (11st. 3lb.).

Albert Whitehurst
Stoke;
Centre forward;
176 cm. (5ft. 9½in.),
76 kilo (12st.).

John Lindsay
Fife;
Centre forward;
175 cm. (5ft. 9in.),
73 kilo (11st. 7lb.).

Jimmy McDougall
Port Glasgow;
Inside left;
182 cm. (5ft. 11¾in.);
72 kilo (11st. 5lb.).

Harry Race
Bishop Auckland;
Inside left;
172 cm. (5ft. 8in.);
69 kilo (10st. 13lb.).

Fred Hopkin
Darlington;
Outside left;
173 cm. (5ft. 8¼in.);
78 kilo (12st. 4lb.).

Jimmy Kelly
Ballybofray;
Outside left;
171 cm. (5ft. 7¾in.);
73 kilo (11st. 6lb.).

Tom McNeil
Lochgelly;
Outside left;
175 cm. (5ft. 9in.);
66 kilo (10st. 5lb.).
(*) = amateur player.
(Source: Athletic News: August 20, 1928; via http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited

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