Season preview 1929/30 – Tranmere Rovers F.C. (The Athletic News)


Monday, August 5 – 1929
There are few changes to record at Prenton Park, as the directors were satisfied with last season’s players, of whom 18 were retained, and as the newcomers among the forwards are expected to blend with an already tried and capable defence, there is every prospect of a successful season. The most notable departure is T.J. Jones about whom many inquiries were made last season. He now follows Dean, Matthews, Waring, and Rimmer into First League football, his transfer to Sheffield Wednesday being completed a few weeks ago.

Jones joined the Rovers three seasons ago without cost to the club, and as a substantial sum has been received from the Wednesday the club has been able to further strengthen its financial resources. The signing of Meston from Everton will compensate somewhat for the departure of Jones. A son of the old Stoke player, he learnt his football at Southampton, and has had First League experience at Goodison Park.

Another recruit likely to find a position in the forward line is A. Waterston, who following two seasons at Leicester, went to Cowdenbeath, thence to Newport, and was with Southampton last season. R. Cropper completes the list of new forwards. He was with Guildford last season, and had two years’ experience with Notts County before joining Norwich City. The club is fortunate in retaining the services of the amateur S. M. Beswick, and other local amateurs in G. Roberts and J. Adams will have an opportunity of displaying their ability.

Player Birthplace Position Height Weight
A. Briggs Newcastle-on-Tyne Goalkeeper 5 11 11 4
W. Burrows Castleford Goalkeeper 5 9 1/2 11 0
T. Naylor Prescot Full back 5 8 10 12
G. Jackson Liverpool Full back 5 7 1/2 10 12
P. Thirkell Tyne Dock Left back 5 10 1/4 11 4
J.H. Ridgway Sheffield Left back 5 8 1/2 10 12
J.H. Campbell Birkenhead Right half 5 9 11 0
J. Lewis Newport Right half 5 8 11 2
E.V. Barton Liverpool Half back 5 9 11 2
H. Lawton Birkenhead Half back 5 10 1/2 11 6
A. Jackson Woolwich Centre half 5 11 11 11
J. Bamber St. Helens Centre half 5 10 12 0
P.L. Johnson Rotherham Left half 5 10 12 2
S. Meston Southampton Outside right 5 8 1/2 11 2
A.E. Adams Bromborough Outside right 5 6 10 4
G.S. Roberts Bromborough Outside right 5 6 10 8
H.P. Cartman Bolton Outside forward 5 6 10 2
W.G. Charlton Sunderland Inside right 5 9 1/2 11 4
R. Cropper Staveley Inside forward 5 8 11 2
S.M.C.A. Beswick Macclesfield Centre forward 5 7 1/2 10 10
W. Ridding Heswall Centre forward 5 9 11 2
A. Waterston Musselburgh Centre forward 5 10 1/2 12 2
H. Littlehales Burslem Inside left 5 7 1/2 11 2
F.W. Bowen Birkenhead Inside left 5 11 11 2
F. Urmson Little Hulton Outside left 5 6 10 4

(The Athletic News, 05-08-1929)

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